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Australia Awards Scholarships: Eligibility, Benefits, and Application Process

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What are Australia Awards Scholarships?

Australia Awards Scholarships are long-term awards that allow people from developing countries, especially those in the Indo-Pacific region, to study at Australian universities and TAFE institutions. They are funded by the Australian government and administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

The scholarships aim to support the development goals of Australia’s partner countries and foster strong links between Australia and the scholars. They also provide scholars with the skills and knowledge to drive change and contribute to development in their own countries.

What are the benefits of Australia Awards Scholarships?

Australia Awards Scholarships cover the full cost of tuition fees, return air travel, establishment allowance, living expenses, health insurance, pre-course English training, introductory academic program, supplementary academic support, and fieldwork (if applicable) for the duration of the award.

The scholarships also offer access to a range of enrichment opportunities, such as networking events, leadership workshops, alumni activities, and professional development courses.

What are the conditions of Australia Awards Scholarships?

To be eligible for an Australia Awards Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a citizen of and residing in one of the participating countries (see below)
  • Not be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or applying for a visa to live in Australia
  • 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
  • Not be current serving military personnel
  • 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
  • Have satisfied any specific criteria established by the program area or the government of the applicant’s country of citizenship
  • Be able to satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which the award is to be undertaken
  • Be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Home Affairs to hold a Student Visa
  • Have not held a scholarship that was terminated within the last two years due to academic failure, breach of scholarship conditions, or misconduct

If you are offered an Australia Awards Scholarship, you will need to sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia agreeing to comply with the conditions of the scholarship. You will also need to abide by the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook, which outlines the entitlements and responsibilities of scholars.

One of the main conditions of the scholarship is that you must return to your home country for at least two years after completing your studies in Australia. This is to ensure that you use your new skills and knowledge to contribute to the development of your country. If you fail to do so, you will incur a debt to the Australian government for the total cost of your scholarship.

Which countries are eligible for Australia Awards Scholarships?

Australia Awards Scholarships are available to citizens of the following countries:

Asia

  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka
  • Timor-Leste
  • Vietnam

Pacific

  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia
  • Niue
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Wallis and Futuna

Middle East

  • Occupied Palestinian Territories

Africa

  • Algeria
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Each country has its own eligibility criteria and priority areas of study. Please refer to the country-specific information on the participating countries page for more details.

How can I apply for an Australia Awards Scholarship?

The application process and timeline vary depending on the country you are applying from. Generally, you will need to:

  • Check the opening and closing dates for your country on the participating countries page
  • Read the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook for general information on eligibility, selection, entitlements, and responsibilities
  • Check the specific requirements and instructions for your country on the country profile page
  • Prepare your supporting documents, such as academic transcripts, English language test results, referee reports, etc.
  • Submit your application online or by mail, depending on your country’s preference
  • Wait for the outcome of your application, which may involve an interview, a test, or a pre-departure briefing

You can find more details on how to apply on the how to apply page.

Australia Awards opening and closing dates for study commencing in 2025

Country Opening date Closing date Contact
Africa (Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe) 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Bangladesh 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Bhutan 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Cambodia 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Federated States of Micronesia 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
French Polynesia 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Fiji 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Indonesia 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Kiribati 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Laos 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Maldives 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Mongolia 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Myanmar 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Nauru 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Nepal 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
New Caledonia 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Niue 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Pakistan 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Palau 3 June 2024 2 August 2024 [email protected]
Occupied Palestinian Territories 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Papua New Guinea 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Philippines 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Republic of the Marshall Islands 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Samoa 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Solomon Islands 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Sri Lanka 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Timor-Leste 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Tonga 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Tuvalu 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Vanuatu 1 February 2024 30 April 2024 [email protected]
Vietnam 1 February 2024 30 April  [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How competitive are Australia Awards Scholarships?

A: Australia Awards Scholarships are very competitive and merit-based. Each year, thousands of applicants from eligible countries apply for a limited number of scholarships. The selection process is rigorous and transparent, and takes into account the academic performance, leadership potential, development impact, and alignment with Australia’s strategic priorities of the applicants.

Q: How long are Australia Awards Scholarships?

A: Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian higher education institution, including any preparatory training. The duration of the scholarship depends on the level and type of study, but generally ranges from one to four years.

Q: Can I choose which Australian university or institution I want to study at?

A: Australia Awards Scholarships are available at participating Australian universities and TAFE institutions. You can indicate your preferred institutions and courses in your application, but the final decision will be made by DFAT based on the availability of placements and the suitability of the courses for your country’s development needs.

Q: Can I bring my family with me to Australia?

A: Australia Awards Scholarships are intended to support the individual scholar only. However, you may be able to bring your spouse and/or dependent children with you to Australia at your own expense, subject to visa requirements and approval by DFAT. You will need to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to support your family in Australia, and that your family members meet the health, character, and English language requirements for a Student Visa.

Q: What are the chances of getting a job in Australia after completing my scholarship?

A: Australia Awards Scholarships are not intended to provide a pathway to permanent residency or employment in Australia. As a condition of the scholarship, you must return to your home country for at least two years after completing your studies in Australia, and use your skills and knowledge to contribute to the development of your country. You may be able to apply for a Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) to extend your stay in Australia for up to 18 months after completing your studies, but this is subject to visa requirements and approval by the Department of Home Affairs.

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