Top Scholarships in Australia
Updated on Sep 11, 2014 - 8:26 a.m. IST by Bedasree Das
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Top Scholarships in Australia: Do you know that the Australia Government offers AUS $300 million in scholarships every year? With over 40,000 students enrolled in its various universities, Australia is one of the most sought after study abroad destinations for Indian students, mainly because of the plethora of scholarships offered by the country.

If you are planning to pursue your education in Australia, it always helps to know about the Top scholarships in Australia.

Here, we bring you a list of Top scholarships in Australia applicable for Indian students:


1.  Australia Awards Scholarships and Fellowships

Administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australia Awards Scholarships and Fellowships is offered to students from developing countries to pursue full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study at Australian institutions.


The objective of the programme is to strengthen research and professional development in Australia and its partner countries. The scholarship is available for aspirants from Asia, the Pacific, Middle East and Africa.


Recipients of the scholarship, however, have to return home for two years after they have completed their studies, so they can contribute to the development of their country.


The scholarship covers the following:

  • Full tuition fees

  • Return air travel expense

  • A payment of A$5,000 as a contribution towards accommodation, text books and  study materials.

  • Fortnightly payment of basic living expenses at a rate determined by the department.

  • A compulsory 4-6 week program prior to the commencement of formal academic studies, which covers information on life and study in Australia.

  • Overseas Student Health Cover for the duration of the award

  • Pre-course English fees

  • A supplementary academic support may also be provided to ensure academic success of the scholar.

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

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2. Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships

Established in 2009, the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships by the Australian Government awards promising aspirants to undertake study and research in Australia. The merit based scholarship programme supports both vocational education and training in the country.


The scholarship covers:

  • Tuition fees

  • Travel allowance: $3,000

  • Establishment allowance of $2,000 for the fellowship or $4,000 for the scholarships programme

  • Monthly stipend of $3,000

  • Health insurance for the full programme duration

  • Travel insurance

The programme is categorised as given below:




Tuition fee

Total payment

Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship

Masters or PhD

2 yrs for Masters4 yrs for a PhD

$15,000 a semester

Up to $272,500 (PhD)$140,500 (Masters)

Endeavour Vocational Education and Training Scholarship

Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree

1 -  2.5 years

$6,500 a semester

Up to $131,000

Endeavour Executive Fellowship

Professional Development

1 - 4 months


Up 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.


3. ACIAR’s Australia Awards Fellowships

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) offers two types of scholarships to aspirants willing to contribute to agriculture research. They are: the John Allwright Fellowship and the John Dillon Memorial Fellowship.


a. John Allwright Fellowship

The John Allwright Fellowship was introduced to improve research potential of Australia’s partner countries.


Scientists involved in ACIAR-supported research projects can obtain postgraduate qualifications at Australian tertiary institutions under this scholarship scheme.


Below are some highlights:

  • 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.

  • The student’s research project should be on topic independent of the  the existing ACIAR project.

  • 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.



b.  John Dillon Fellowship

Established in recognition of Professor John L. Dillon, the John Dillon Fellowship encourages international agricultural research. The fellowship exposes scholars to Australian agriculture and a range of organisations involved in research, extension and policy-making.


Below are some highlights:

  • 8-10 fellowships are offered annually.

  • Fellowships normally involve a 5-6 week period in Australia.

  • Fellows are hosted by 1-2 Australian organisations where they spend at least 50 % of their fellowship period.

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




4. Adelaide International Undergraduate Scholarship

The University of Adelaide offers a scholarship program for international students undertaking undergraduate study in the university. The scholarships are open for UG courses, except Medicine, Surgery, Dental Surgery, Oral health and Veterinary. Upto 40 scholarships are presented under the programme for aspirants with outstanding academic record.

Below are some highlights:

  • Provides 25% waiver of the tuition fee for each year of the program

  • Applicants who have an academic record which is equivalent of a GPA of 6/7 (85%) will be considered for the scholarship.

How to apply: Applications are available online. Aspirants must have an admittance offer from Adelaide to apply for the scholarship. Applications usually open  in January.


5. Flinders International Postgraduate Research Scholarship

This programme awards international students to conduct full time research higher degree at Flinders University. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence, training and research performance.


The scholarship is offered for up to three years for a Research Doctorate degree and up to two years for a Research Masters degree.


Below are some highlights:

  • Tuition fees at study at Flinders University

  • Living allowance of approximately $25,392 per annum.  

  • An FIPRS student who moves to Adelaide from overseas is eligible for an establishment allowance of up to $1,485 to assist with relocation costs and airfares.

How to apply: Applications are accepted electronically by email. Applicants must meet the English proficiency levels set by Flinders University.



6. Queensland University of Technology- Triple Crown Scholarship

The Triple Crown Scholarship is offered by the Queensland University of Technology. The scholarship is available for future international undergraduate students and Postgraduate Students at the University. The award is, essentially,  merit based.


Below are some highlights:

  • The scholarship covers 25% of the first two semesters (one year) of tuition fees, based on the entry score.

  • Covers 25% of the tuition fees per semester, provided you meet the academic conditions.

  • Applicants must have admittance offer from Queensland University of Technology.

How to apply: Aspirants do not have to apply separately for the scholarship. If they are accepted for the course they immediately qualify to be nominated for the scholarship.


7. Sydney Achievers International Scholarships

The Sydney Achievers International Scholarships is offered by the University of Sydney to international students pursuing undergraduate or postgraduate degree from the university. The scholarships are merit based and are awarded to students with a strong academic record.

Below are some highlights:

  • Recipients are paid AUD$10,000 per annum to both undergraduate and Postgraduate students throughout the duration of the course.

  • Students must have admittance offer from the University of Sydney

How to apply: Applicants receiving an offer of admission will be invited to file an Expression of Interest for the scholarship with the University. Deadlines for the scholarship are indicated in the invitation offer from the university.

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