Australia Awards Scholarships are long-term awards offered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

They aim to contribute to the development needs of Australia’s partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements.

They provide many opportunities for students from developing countries, particularly those countries located in the Indo-Pacific region, to undertake full-time Undergraduate (Bachelor’s) or Postgraduate (Master’s & Ph.D.) study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.

The study and research opportunities provided by Australia Awards Scholarships acquire the skills and knowledge of individuals to drive change and contribute to development in their own countries.

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Details of the Scholarship

Announced by: Australia Awards Scholarships by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.

Host Country: Australia

Host Institution(s): Universities in Australia

Level of the Study: Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD

Scholarship Coverage: Fully funded

Eligible Countries: International Students

List of Eligible Countries for Australia Awards Scholarships

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Botswana, Cambodia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Futuna, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis, Zambia

Level and Duration of Australia Awards

  • Undergraduate: 4 to 6 years (depend on the normal duration of the program)
  • Master’s: 2 to 3 years
  • PhD: 3 to 5 years

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Students must be a minimum 18 years of age on 1 February of the year of commencing the scholarship.
  2. A National from the participating country (as listed above) and be staying in and applying for the scholarship from their national country.
  3. Applicant must not be a citizen of Australia, or hold permanent residency in Australia, or be applying for a visa to live in Australia permanently.
  4. Applicant should be single and not be married to, engaged to, or a de facto of a person who holds, or is eligible to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency, at any time during the application, selection or mobilization phases (note: residents of Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau with New Zealand citizenship are eligible but must apply for a Student visa.
  5. The candidate must not be currently serving military personnel.
  6. The Applicant not have previously received a long-term Australia Award unless they have resided outside of Australia for twice the length of the total time that they were in Australia (for example, a previous awardee who has been on an Australia Awards Scholarship in Australia for two years, he/she will not be eligible to apply for another Australia Awards Scholarship until they have resided outside Australia for four years).
  7. The applicant has satisfied any specific criteria established by the Program Area or the government of the applicant’s country of citizenship (e.g. having worked a certain number of years in an appropriate sector).
  8. The aspirant should be able to satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which the award is to be undertaken (this may mean that Program Areas will need to withdraw an award offer if the recipient cannot satisfy the institution’s admission requirements. This may not be known until Program Areas request a placement at selected institutions);
  9. Must be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Home Affairs to hold a Student Visa. This may mean that the Program Area will need to withdraw an award offer if the recipient cannot satisfy the visa requirements;
  10. Not be applying for a scholarship for a course of study at an academic level lesser than they have already achieved ( applying for a Master’s scholarship when they already hold a Ph.D.); and
  11. Applicants must inform the Program Area of any connection or relationship to staff employed at Program Areas (including locally engaged staff at the post) or with managing contractors so that the application may be properly and transparently managed.

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Benefits of Australia Awards Scholarships

Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for the minimum period needed for the individual to complete the academic program defined by the Australian higher education institution, including any preliminary training. The following benefits generally apply:

  • The Scholarship will cover the Full Tuition fee.
  • Return air travel (single return, economy class airfare to and from Australia throughout the study program).
  • Establishment allowance (a once-only payment as a contribution towards accommodation expenses, textbooks, study materials).
  • Contribution to Living Expenses (CLE) (a fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses paid at a rate delimited by the department).
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Introductory Academic Program (IAP) (a mandatory program before the commencement of formal academic studies covering information on living and studying in Australia)
  • Pre-course English (PCE) fee (if considered necessary PCE may be available for students for in-country and/or in-Australia training)
  • Additional academic aid may be available to ensure a scholar’s academic success or enhance their academic experience.
  • Fieldwork (for research awards and Masters by coursework which has a research component where fieldwork is compulsory) may be available for eligible research students for one return economy class airfare via the most direct route to their country of citizenship or within Australia.

Award conditions

Applicants who want to accept an Australia Awards Scholarship will require to sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring that they will comply with the circumstances of the scholarship.

Scholars are required to leave Australia for a minimum of two years after completing their scholarship. Failure to do so will result in the scholar incurring a debt for the total accrued cost of their scholarship.

Deadline to Apply for Australia Awards Scholarships

The last date to apply for the Scholarship is 30th June 2020.

You can apply “Online” OR “By Mail”.

List of Participating Institutions

Australian Catholic University

Aviation Australia

Bond University

Box Hill Institute TAFE

Bureau of Meteorology

Canberra Institute of Technology

Carnegie Mellon University

Central Queensland University

Charles Darwin University

Charles Sturt University

Chisholm Institute of TAFE

Curtin University of Technology

Deakin University

Edith Cowan University

Federation University

Flinders University

Griffith University

Holmesglen Institute of TAFE

James Cook University

Kangan Institute

La Trobe University

Macquarie University

Melbourne Polytechnic

Monash University

Murdoch University

Queensland University of Technology

RMIT University

Southern Cross University

Swinburne University of Technology


TAFE Queensland


Tasmanian Polytechnic

The Australian National University

The Gordon Institute of TAFE

The University of Adelaide

The University of Melbourne

The University of New England

The University of New South Wales (including ADFA)

The University of Newcastle

The University of Queensland

The University of Sydney

The University of Western Australia

University College London

University of Canberra

University of South Australia

University of Southern Queensland

University of Tasmania (including the Australian Maritime College)

University of Technology Sydney

University of the Sunshine Coast

University of Wollongong Victoria

University Western Sydney

University William Angliss Institute of TAFE

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