Destination Australia Scholarship

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Destination Australia Scholarship Program is modeled for meritorious students who wish to receive financial aid to live and study in regional Australia. The scholarships, available to both domestic and international students, are funded by Australia’s Department of Education.

  • Annually, the number of Australian universities and other tertiary providers of Destination Australia Scholarship change.
  • Scholarship recipients receive 15,000 AUD+1500 AUD for one academic year, post which their scholarship is renewed based on academic performance.
  • The scholarship program covers tuition fees and living expenses of 1000+ recipients commencing higher education in Australia.

Destination Australia Scholarship applicants need to apply to a recognized tertiary education provider who has been accepted as a partner for this program. Students can apply for Certificate IV to Ph.D., for the reception of this scholarship.


Highlights

Scholarship Type Merit-Based, Easy-to-Apply ( NO RECOMMENDATION )
Offered byGovernment bodies
OrganizationAustralian Government, Dept. of Education, Skill and Employment
Application Deadline Jul 07 ,2021
No. of Scholarships1000
Amount$11,070
RenewabilityYes, Yearly
International Students EligibleYes
Scholarship Website Linkhttps://www.education.gov.au/destination-australia

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Destination Australia Scholarship Program, applicants must opt for a full-time

  • Residential certificate IV/Certificate IV/Accredited Diploma/ Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree
    OR
  • Bachelor Degree/Bachelors Honours Degree
    OR
  • Graduate Certificate/Graduate Diploma/Masters degree
    OR
  • Doctoral degree at any partner institution.

Along with the choice of program, international students are required to fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be full fee-paying, non-sponsored student
  • Minimum 75% in the previous level of education
  • Have a valid Australian student visa
  • Enrolled in a full time degree in university campus situated in regional Australia for academic year 2021
  • Maintain ongoing residency in a regional area in Australia
  • Study a tertiary education course at the registered university

Note: Eligibility requirements for domestic students are slightly different than the international applicants.


Application Process

There is no single or common application process for Destination Australia Scholarship Program. Since applicants need to apply for the scholarship via 35 eligible education providers, it is up to them how they want to distribute these scholarships.

Amongst various regional education providers, there are institutions like University of Melbourne where eligible students will be automatically considered for the scholarship. On the other hand, there are universities like Curtin University which have a detailed application process for Destination Australia applicants. The step-by-step application process for such universities is mentioned below:

Step I: Submit an application for an eligible course of study.

Step II: Write and submit a one-page statement demonstrating “How Destination Australia Scholarship will assist you in reaching your career goals and how it will help you make tomorrow better.”

Note: students must check in with respective Universities/institutes for Destination Australia Scholarship application deadlines before applying.

Step III: The assessment panel will evaluate your application and SOP for the scholarships.

Step IV: Outcome notifications will be sent via university to successful candidates. All unsuccessful candidates will also be notified.

Step V: Selected students will have to confirm their acceptance of Destination Australia Scholarship within the specified time and via specified mode of confirmation like email.


Selection Process

Each Australian university selects recipients for Destination Australia Scholarship on the basis of the fact that they have been offered a full-time degree program at the institute and have ongoing residency in the region of Australia where the campus is located.

For instance, students who have applied to the Edith Cowan University, will have to stay in the Burbury region for the duration of the course. Apart from the fulfillement of university-specific terms and conditions, students are shortlisted based on two factors:

  • Academic Merit
  • 500-word Statement of purpose (if university required separate application)

Furthermore, interview as a criteria depends on the university enrolling students for instance, James Cook University has interview as an eligibility criteria. Students' application shall be individually assessed by committee members and a decision shall be formulated on the basis of it.


Grant Details

As mentioned, annually the number of scholarships and educational providers varies. While the details for the Destination Australia Scholarship 2022 is yet to be announced, that for scholarship session 2021 are mentioned below:

Scholarship ProviderScholarship TypeScholarship Numbers
Academies Australasia InstituteInternational Only15
Charles Stuart UniversityInternational & Domestic63
SAE InstituteInternational & Domestic45
Southern Cross UniversityInternational & Domestic32
TAFE NSWInternational & Domestic85
The University of New EnglandInternational & Domestic59
The University of WollongongInternational & Domestic25
Charles Darwin UniversityInternational & Domestic43
Dynamic Learning ServicesDomestic Only12
Cairns Beauty AcademyInternational Only10
Central Queens UniversityInternational & Domestic38
James Cook UniversityInternational & Domestic36
Queensland Rural Medical EducationDomestic Only10
TAFE QueenslandInternational Only28
The University of QueenslandInternational & Domestic40
University of Southern QueenslandInternational & Domestic34
University of the Sunshine CoastInternational & Domestic40
Flinders UniversityInternational & Domestic12
University of South AustraliaDomestic Only20
TasTAFEInternational & Domestic17
University of TasmaniaInternational & Domestic58
Australian Catholic UniversityInternational & Domestic42
Deakin UniversityInternational & Domestic34
Federation University AustraliaInternational & Domestic56
La Trobe UniversityInternational & Domestic94
Partners in Training AustraliaDomestic20
Skillinvest LimitedInternational & Domestic10
Sunraysia Institute of TAFEInternational & Domestic10
University of MelbourneInternational & Domestic18
Wodonga Institute of TAFEDomestic Only25
Curtin University International & Domestic45
Edith Cowan UniversityInternational & Domestic22
The University of Notre DameDomestic Only40
University of Western AustraliaInternational & Domestic15


The Destination Australia Scholarship program aims to offer students the best opportunities for education in Australia. Students get to experience the culture and habitats in Australia away from the major cities. To be shortlisted, applicants just need to focus on creating a noteworthy personal statement that highlights their academic and extracurricular achievements.

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