- The Australia Awards Scholarships are awards administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia.
- The Australia Awards Scholarships provide opportunities for people from developing countries to undertake full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.
- These scholarships provide study and research opportunities that in turn develop the skills and knowledge of individuals to drive change and contribute to development in their own countries.
- Participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions
Field(s) of Study
- Study programs must relate to the priority areas for development as indicated by the applicant’s home country.
What does the scholarship cover?
- Full tuition fees
- Return air travel payment for a single return, economy class airfare to and from Australia, via the most direct route
- An establishment allowance (a once-only payment as a contribution towards accommodation expenses, textbooks, and study materials)
- Contribution to Living Expenses (CLE) – a fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses paid at a rate determined by the department.
- Introductory Academic Program (IAP) – a compulsory program before the commencement of formal academic studies covering information on living and studying in Australia
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of the award
- Pre-course English (PCE) fees – if deemed necessary
- Supplementary academic support where required and if available to ensure a scholar’s academic success or enhance their academic experience
- Support for fieldwork travel costs for eligible research students in form of one return economy class airfare via the most direct route to their country of citizenship or within Australia.
How many scholarships are given?
- Not stated
Which countries are targeted?
- Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia.
- Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Vietnam.
- Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue.
- Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu.
- Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.
- Palestinian Territories
- Algeria, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt.
- Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar.
- Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique. Namibia.
- Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa.
- Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Am I Eligible to Apply?
To qualify for this scholarship, you should:
- Be a citizen of a participating country as listed above, and be residing and applying for the scholarship from your country of citizenship.
- Not be a citizen of Australia, applying for a visa for permanent residence, or holding permanent residency status in Australia.
- Be a minimum of 18 years old on 1 February of the year in which the scholarship commences.
- Not be engaged to or married to a person who holds or is eligible to hold Australia or New Zealand permanent residency or citizenship during the application and selection process.
- Not be a previous recipient of a long-term Australia Award.
- Not be currently serving in the military.
- Not have been convicted for any criminal activity.
- Have 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).
- Satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which the award is to be undertaken.
- Satisfy all requirements of the Department of Home Affairs to hold a Student Visa.
- Not be applying for a scholarship for a course of study at an academic level lower than already achieved
- Meet DFAT’s English language requirements for receiving an Australia Awards Scholarship and show proof of English language proficiency.
How Do I Apply – Next Steps
To apply online:
- Go to the Online Australia Scholarship Information System (OASIS) and register. You will then be required to answer some questions to establish your eligibility, after which you will receive a unique registration number, username, and password.
- You do not have to submit your application immediately. You can set up a draft application form which you can update and add your supporting documentation to. Make sure you submit your completed application on the designated closing date for your country.
- Ensure that your application does not have any mistakes because it cannot be changed once it is submitted.
- Note that there is an Applicants Online User Manual on the scholarship website that you can use if you need help.
To apply by mail:
- Check your participating country profile to get contact details from which you can get a hardcopy application form and any other templates required.
- Submit your hard copy application forms and supporting documentation via the postal address provided on your country page before the application deadline.
- 1 May 2023
How do I get more information?
- Website: Australia Awards Scholarships