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Australia Awards Scholarships

Australia Awards Scholarships

About Australia Awards Scholarships

Australia Awards Scholarships are long-term awards administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

They aim to contribute to the development needs of Australia’s partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements.

People from developing nations, especially those in the Indo-Pacific area, are given the chance to apply to full-time undergraduate or graduate programs at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes.

Through study and research opportunities, Australia Awards Scholarships help people get the knowledge and skills they need to affect change and contribute to national growth.


Australia Awards Scholarships are provided for the minimal amount of time required for the recipient to finish the academic program, including any necessary prior training, as stipulated by the Australian higher education institution. The advantages listed below typically 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, textbooks, 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.

Award conditions

A contract guaranteeing that the applicant will abide by the scholarship’s terms has to be signed with the Commonwealth of Australia before they accept an Australia Awards Scholarship.

After completing their scholarship, recipients have to spend at least two years outside of Australia. If this isn’t done, the scholar will be obligated to pay back the full amount of their scholarship debt.

How to apply

Information on how to apply for an Australia Awards Scholarship.

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