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The Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships funded by the Australian Government that aim to contribute to the long-term development needs of Australia’s partner countries, in line with global, bilateral and regional agreements.  The Australia Awards are a whole-of-government initiative bringing together scholarships administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), offering the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia.

Through study and research, recipients develop necessary skills and knowledge to drive change and to build enduring people-to-people links with Australia. The scholarship provides opportunities for people from developing countries, particularly those countries located in the Indo-Pacific region, to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.

Australia Awards Scholarships demonstrate Australia’s commitment to the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. The Australian Government encourages equity for all, without discrimination. Australia Awards Scholarships support study by people with disability and people from marginal or minority groups, and aim to empower women to participate in the economy, leadership and education.

The research and study opportunities made possible by Australia Awards Scholarships equip recipients with the information and abilities needed to effect change and further the development of their home nations.

To ensure the development impact of Australia Awards Scholarships, all awardees must return home on completion of their studies so they can contribute to development in their country. Awardees are required to leave Australia for a minimum of two years after completing their scholarship. Failure to do so without prior approval from DFAT will result in the awardee incurring a debt to the Commonwealth of Australia for the total accrued cost of their scholarship. Alumni may seek a no objection letter from DFAT for any travel to Australia within this two-year period.

The types of courses available for study under a scholarship will depend on the applicant’s home country government and/or DFAT policy. Australia Awards Scholarships may be available for the following types of courses:

  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses;
  • Bachelor’s degree (undergraduate) courses;
  • Master’s degree courses; and
  • Doctorate degree (PhD) programs

Location:

Australia

Benefits

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 following benefits generally apply:

  • full tuition fees
  • return air travel–payment of a single return, economy class airfare to and from Australia, via the most direct route
  • establishment allowance–a once only payment as a contribution towards accommodation expenses, text books, 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 prior to 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 (for award holder only)–provided to cover the scholar’s basic medical costs (with the exception of pre-existing conditions)
  • Pre-course English (PCE) fees–if deemed necessary PCE may be available for students for in-country and/or in-Australia training
  • supplementary academic support may be available to ensure a scholar’s academic success or enhance their academic experience
  • fieldwork (for research awards and Masters by coursework which have 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.

Eligibilities

To be eligible to receive an Australia Awards Scholarship, applicants must:

  • be a minimum of 18 years of age on 1 February of the year of commencing the scholarship;
  • be a citizen of a participating country (as listed on the Australia Awards website) and be residing in and applying for the scholarship from their country of citizenship;
  • not be a citizen of Australia, hold permanent residency in Australia or be applying for a visa to live in Australia permanently;
  • 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 and mobilisation phases (note: residents of Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau with New Zealand citizenship are eligible but must apply for a Student visa [subclass 500]);
  • not be current serving military personnel;
  • not have previously received a long-term Australia Award in the previous four years);
  • not hold convictions of criminal activities (including in their home country) including those relating to Child Protection and PSEAH;
  • 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);
  • 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);
  • 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;
  • not be applying for a scholarship for a course of study at an academic level lower than already achieved (e.g. be applying for a Master’s scholarship when they already hold a PhD); and
  • applicants must inform the Program Area of any connection or relationship to staff employed at Program Areas (including locally engaged staff at post) or with managing contractors so that the application may be properly and transparently managed.

Program Areas may consider the following exceptions to in relation to applicants being required to apply from their country of citizenship:

  • applicants working for their government, regional organisation, civil society in a third country
  • applicants studying in Australian or New Zealand secondary schools
  • applicants residing in the immediate region to which they would be willing to grant an award (e.g. Pacific Island countries considering applicants from other eligible Pacific Island countries), noting that the award will be reported as belonging to the applicant’s country of citizenship.

English language requirements:

  • An applicant or awardee will meet DFAT’s English language requirements for receiving an Australia Awards Scholarship if their first language is English and if they have undertaken their education in English (evidenced by their academic transcripts).
  • Note that some institutions may still require evidence of English language proficiency, and Program Areas relying on the above may need to check whether Australian institutions accept applicants from particular regions or with qualifications from English language institutions.
      • where an applicant or awardee does not meet DFAT’s English language requirements, the awardee must provide an academic English language test result that meets the institution’s academic English language requirement tests before commencing the approved main course of studies. The below are accepted English language tests:
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)
  • Awardees’ English language test results must be valid at 1 January of the year in which the awardee is commencing studies in Australia (IELTS, TOEFL scores, and PTE Academic are valid for two years after the test date).  If an institution requires a different test validity timeframe, awardees must meet the institution’s requirements.
  • English language scores are not negotiable. All Australia Awards Scholarship awardees must meet the following requirement:
    • an Academic IELTS result with an overall score of at least 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or
    • an internet based TOEFL score of at least 84, with a minimum of 21 in all subtests, or
    • PTE Academic overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.
  • Where an institution’s academic English language requirement is higher than DFAT’s requirement for the main course of study, the awardee must meet the institution’s requirement.
Eligible Regions: 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, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu,Vietnam and Wallis and Futuna.

Application Process

  • Select your country of citizenship/residency from the list of participating countries for specific information on eligibility, priority areas.
  • If you intend to apply, you must read the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook which can be found in the official website. The handbook provides information including general eligibility requirements, selection processes, entitlements and responsibilities. Note that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade may revise and update the handbook at any time without notice.
  • Refer to your relevant participating country profile for the link to the application portal. Please note that Indonesia and the Philippines do not use the Online Australia Scholarships Information System (OASIS). The link to applications for those countries can be found in their relevant Country Profile.
  • Visit the Apply link by clicking on the “APPLY NOW” button and you will lead to Online Australia Scholarships Information System (OASIS) directly.
  • Create and login to your account to complete the application.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2024 (12 Days Remaining)

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For Further Queries

For further queries please visit to the following link to find your country's contact email - https://www.dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/australia-awards/australia-awards-scholarships-opening-and-closing-dates
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