Australia Awards Scholarship includes esteemed international fellowship grants and scholarships providing future leaders with an opportunity to pursue higher education, professional development, and research in Australia. They offer students from the participating countries a chance to undertake full-time UG or PG education at the associated technical and further education (TAFE) institutions and Australian universities.
Applicants must be a student of and nominated by one of the target institutions. Also, they will have to sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia confirming their compliance with the Australia Awards Scholarship’s conditions. These scholarships last for the minimum duration required to complete the educational program, which includes any necessary preparatory training.
|Type of Funding||Government|
|Eligible Candidates||Students of a participating country’s target institution willing to undertake full-timePG or UG education in Australia.|
|Number of Scholarships Awarded in 2019||3,161|
|Available To International Candidates||Yes|
|Application Deadlines||Varies by country|
|Participating Countries||India, Vietnam, Fiji, Botswana, South Africa, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kenya, and Indonesia|
The types of academic programs offered to an applicant may vary as per the applicant’s country. Australia Awards Scholarship program is available for the following type of courses:
The maximum time permitted for a bachelor’s degree scholarship is four years. Double bachelor’s degrees are allowed as long as both are incorporated in the original offer and can be finished within four years. Institutions may invite an outstanding awardee to take part in an Honours program only after seeking approval from Programme Areas three months before the scholarship completion date.
The maximum time permitted for a master’s degree scholarship is two years. Double master’s degrees are allowed as long as both are incorporated in the original offer and can be finished within two years.
The maximum time permitted for a Ph.D. scholarship is four years.
Articulated study programs include vocational education and training (VET) courses amongst others. These programs combine a higher and lower level course, resulting in the award of higher qualification. For instance, a master’s resulting directly into a Ph.D. or a graduate diploma resulting directly into a master’s.
|Scholarship Type||Merit Based|
|Offered by||Government bodies|
|No. of Scholarships||N/A|
|International Students Eligible||Yes|
|Scholarship Website Link||https://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/australia-awards/pages/australia-awards.aspx|
To be eligible for receiving an Australia Awards Scholarship, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
The closing and opening dates for the Australia Awards Scholarship application vary according to the participating country.
To apply for the Australia Awards Scholarship, students must complete the following steps:
Step 1: Student has to choose their country and award type to check whether they are eligible for the award.
Step 2: Once eligibility is established, students must review the course eligibility criteria.
Step 3: Students can register and complete their online application form for Australian Awards.
Following are the documents required for the Australia Awards Scholarship:
All applications submitted for the Australia Awards Scholarship are evaluated based on merit. Program Areas administer the selection process in various countries or regions and the selection process varies according to the region/country. Each participating country produces a list of shortlisted applicants as per the number of scholarships available for the region.
All the shortlisted students are invited for an interview session which may include other activities like group participation sessions to measure the suitability of applicants.
After finalizing the selection, Program Areas request placements for selected candidates at their first preference course and institution. Placement requests are reviewed by institutions based on merit. An institution processes a placement offer only if the candidate fulfills its admission eligibility criteria (including English language requirements) and is considered capable of successfully finishing the nominated course within the decided period.
The applicants of the Australia Awards Scholarship are informed of the results by August 1 of the year of application. Selected applicants are awarded the scholarship after they have signed the contract with the Commonwealth of Australia once an Australian university has issued a placement offer.
Australia Awards Scholarship are prestigious long-term awards overseen by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Australia Awards aim to promote stability and growth in Australia, as well as contribute to the development needs of its partner countries. They offer opportunities to the people of participating countries in Africa, the Pacific, Asia, and the Middle East for undertaking full-time postgraduate or undergraduate education at institutions in Australia. These scholarships provide students from developing countries with the knowledge and skills that make them capable of contributing to the social and economic development of their home countries.
Australia Awards scholarship recipients generally receive the following benefits: