Australia Awards Scholarships -The Australia awards are special government funded scholarships, which give international aspirants an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia and for Australians to pursue the same outside Australia. Australia Awards Scholarships help students to obtain a Master’s qualification at an Australian university.

The Australia Awards Scholarship is funded by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Education and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).  

What does the Australia Awards Scholarship cover?

The Australia awards Scholarships are covered under a few categories. They are listed as below:

  1. Australia Awards Scholarships
  2. Australia Awards Fellowships
  3. Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships
  4. Australia Awards Fellowships (administered by ACIAR).

Each scholarship has a different set of eligibility and application requirements:

a. Australia Awards Scholarships and Fellowships

v This Australia Awards Scholarships programme allows students to undertake full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities as well as Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.

This scholarship is fully administered and funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia.

Benefits covered under this programme are:

  • Tuition fees.
  • Return air travel—payment of a single return, economy class airfare to and from Australia.
  • Establishment allowance—a payment of around Aus$5,000 to incur accommodation expenses, text books, study materials. This is paid only once.
  • Contribution to Living Expenses (CLE) - a fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses.
  • Introductory Academic Program (IAP)—a 4-6 week program prior to the commencement of studies, which covers information on life and study in Australia.
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)-for the duration of the award (for award holder only)—provided to cover the student's basic medical costs (with the exception of pre existing conditions).
  • Pre-course English (PCE) fees—if necessary PCE may be available for students to train.
  • Supplementary Academic Support is ensured to enhance a scholar's academic success.
  • Fieldwork (for research students only) — For eligible research students, one return economy class ticket to their country of citizenship or within Australia.


However, the scholarship demands you to sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring that you will comply with the conditions of the scholarship. Also, award holders have to leave Australia for a minimum of 2 years after completing their scholarship. If a student fails to comply with that, he/she will have to incur a debt for the total cost of their scholarship.

What makes you eligible?

  • You must be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing the scholarship
  • You must be a citizen of a participating country.
  • Not be married, engaged to, or a de facto of a person who holds, or is eligible to hold an Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency, at any time during the application, selection or mobilisation phases of the scholarship programme.
  • You must not be a current serving military personnel.
  • You cannot apply for a long-term Australia Award unless you have resided outside Australia for twice the length of the total time that you were in the country.
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree or at least a degree equivalent to an Australian Bachelor’s Degree
  • Meet admission and other specific requirements of universities in Australia.
  • Have a relevant academic background in the proposed study program.

Besides, the applicants have to fulfill some English language requirements as stated below:

a. An applicant or awardee will meet DFAT’s English language requirements for receiving an Australia Awards Scholarship if his first language is English. He/she can do so by providing scores of English proficiency tests like IELTS, TOEFL and PTE Academic.

Below are the recommended scores:

  • Academic IELTS result with an overall score of at least 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or
  • Paper-based TOEFL overall score of at least 580, with a minimum of 4.5 in the test of written English, or
  • Internet-based TOEFL score of at least 92, with a minimum of 21 in all subtests, or
  • PTE Academic overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

How to apply:  Applications for the programme are available online. You can apply via the Online Australia Scholarships Information System (OASIS). Applications usually open in February and close in April.

To apply contact:


B. Australia Awards Fellowships

The Australia Awards Fellowships provides opportunities to Fellows to undertake short-term study and professional development in Australia. The fellowship is undertaken with an aim to strengthen partnerships and links between Australian organisations and partner organisations in developing countries through interaction with professionals and potential leaders of the latter countries.

The fellowship programme is mainly open to mid career professionals with interest in foreign affairs and development issues. The programme, however, does not offer any long-term academic qualification. Instead, the fellowship activities include a combination of short-term study and/or training, professional development, networking and work experience for the fellows. The programme is hosted by DFAT.

The fellowship, generally, focuses on the given areas:

  • Infrastructure
  • Trade facilitation and international competitiveness
  • Agriculture, fisheries and water
  • Effective governance: policies, institutions and functioning economies
  • Education
  • Health
  • Building resilience: humanitarian assistance, disaster risk reduction and social protection
  • Gender equality and empowering women and girls

What makes you eligible?

  • You must be atleast 18 years of age at the time of the fellowship;
  • You must not have Australian permanent residence status or be applying for permanent residency;
  • You must not be current serving military personnel;
  • You must not be married or engaged to, or be a de facto of a person who holds, or is eligible to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency;
  • You must have been working in an area relevant to the fellowship activities
  • You must satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for a DFAT Student Visa 576 (see Section 6.4 for further information); and
  • You must be able to participate in the nominated fellowship activities at the time and for the duration proposed by the Australian organisation.


How to apply: You can apply for the fellowship online. Applications, generally, open in August and close by mid September.

Applications must be lodged online at:


C. Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships

The Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are merit based scholarship which help students in pursuing study, research and professional development programmes in Australia. It is basically a competition based scholarship programme offered to talented students to explore the education and research sectors in Australia.

Not all Endeavor scholarships are available to students from all the participating countries.

 Here is a table explaining the division of the scholarship among participating countries:


Eligible Participating Countries and Regions

Endeavour Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship Endeavour VET Scholarships Endeavour Research Fellowship (including  Research Fellowship for Indigenous Australians) Endeavour Executive Scholarship Americas:Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela. The Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago. Europe: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus (Republic of), Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom. Middle East: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.Pacific:Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated states of), Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand* (including Cook Islands), Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.Asia:Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, People's Republic of China (including Hong Kong and Macau SARs), Philippines, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam.
Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research FellowshipBrunei Darussalam, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, People's Republic of China (including Hong Kong and Macau SARs), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Benefits covered under this programme are:

  • Travel allowance: $3,000 (Provision to pay up to $4,500 under special circumstances)
  • Establishment allowance: $2,000 (Fellowships) or $4,000 (Scholarships)
  • Monthly stipend: $3,000 (paid up to the maximum programme duration on a pro-rata basis)
  • Health insurance i.e OSHC
  • Travel insurance

Besides the above­, recipients will be offered tuition in the given order:

CategoryProgrammeDurationTuition feeTotal payment
Endeavour Postgraduate ScholarshipMasters or PhD2 yrs for Masters,4 yrs for a PhD$15,000 a semesterUp to $272,500 (PhD), $140,500 (Masters)
Endeavour Vocational Education and Training ScholarshipDiploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree1 -  2.5 years$6,500 a semesterUp to $131,000
Endeavour Executive FellowshipProfessional Development1 - 4 monthsN/AUp to $18,500

How to apply: You can apply for the scholarships online. Applications should be submitted using the Endeavour Online Application system. Applications generally open in April every year.


D. Australia Awards Fellowships (administered by ACIAR).

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research offers two main scholarships to students interested in exploring research potential in agriculture. The two scholarships are:

  1. John Allwright Fellowship
  2. John Dillon Fellowship

John Allwright Fellowship-This scholarship allows individual awardees to pursue postgraduate scholarship based on prior research work taken up by the recipient. One of the major focuses of the programme is to enhance research capacity in ACIAR’s partner country institutions.

The study program for post graduate is designed in such a way that it provides the student with the opportunity to be actively involved in his/her research work while pursuing studies, and also to gather knowledge to continue the research work on final return to their home country.

What makes you eligible and what does it entail?

  1. The recipient’s Postgraduate course will be based on the research work being carried out under the ACIAR project in which the awardee is engaged prior to taking up the award.
  2. The student’s research project should be on topic independent of the  the existing ACIAR project.
  3. Project leaders who want to nominate a partner country project staff can contact the ACIAR Research Program Manager to discuss the eligibility of the candidate, possible study programs and the impact of a successful Fellowship award on the project.

How to apply: Fellows can be nominated only once a year. Registrations, generally, open in July-August every year.



John Dillon Fellowship-Established by ACIAR in recognition of Professor John L. Dillon, the fellowship programme provides opportunities to agricultural scientists or economists from ACIAR partner countries which are currently involved in a ACIAR project or have recently completed. Around 8-10 Fellowships are offered annually under this scheme. Some highlights are:

  1. The duration of the fellowships is normally 5-6 weeks in Australia.
  2. The Fellows are hosted by 1-2 Australian organisations where they spend at least 50 % of their Fellowship period.
  3. Fellows also get the opportunity to take part in a research management-training course.
  4. The programme involves a series of visits to various institutes, including the presentation of lectures.

How to apply: Applications close toward the end of August every year.



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