Australia Awards Scholarships, formerly known as Australian Development Scholarships (ADS), provide 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.
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Programmes that areÂ related to your countryâ€™s priority areas for development which are listed on the participating country profiles.
Australia Awards areÂ notÂ available for training in areas related to flying aircraft, nuclear technology or military training.
Citizens of one of the participating countries in Asia, Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East. See the completeÂ list of participating countries.
The scholarship benefits generally include: full tuition fees, return air travel, establishment allowance, contribution to living expenses (CLE), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), Introductory Academic Program (IAP), Pre-course English (PCE) fees, etc. See the complete list of benefits at the official website.
The scholarshipsÂ 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.
To be eligible to receive a Scholarship, applicants must:
- be a minimum of 18 years of age on 1 February of the year ofÂ commencing the scholarship;
- be a citizen of a participating country (as listed on the Australia Awards website)Â and be residing in and applying for the scholarship from their country ofÂ citizenship;
- not be a citizen of Australia, hold permanent residency in Australia or beÂ 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 eligibleÂ to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency, at anyÂ time during the application, selection or mobilisation phases (note: residents ofÂ Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau with New Zealand citizenship are eligible butÂ must apply for a Student visa [subclass 500]);
- not be current serving military personnel;
- not have previously received a long-term Australia Award unless they haveÂ resided outside of Australia for twice the length of the total time that they wereÂ in Australia (for example, a previous awardee who has been on an AustraliaÂ Awards Scholarship in Australia for four years will not be eligible to apply forÂ another Australia Awards Scholarship until they have resided outside AustraliaÂ for eight years);
- have satisfied any specific criteria established by the Program Area or theÂ government of the applicantâ€™s country of citizenship (e.g. havingÂ worked aÂ certain number of years in an appropriate sector);
- be able to satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which theÂ award is to be undertaken (this may mean that Program Areas will need toÂ withdraw an award offer if the recipient cannot satisfy the institutionâ€™sÂ admission requirements. This may not be known until Program Areas request aÂ placement at selected institutions);
- be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Home Affairs to hold aÂ Student Visa. This may mean that the Program Area will need to withdraw anÂ 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 lesserÂ than they have already achieved (eg be applying for a Masterâ€™s scholarship whenÂ they already hold a PhD); and
- Applicants must inform the Program Area of any connection or relationship toÂ staff employed at Program Areas (including locally engaged staff at post) or withÂ managing contractors so that the application may be properly and transparentlyÂ managed.
Read the complete eligibility criteria in theÂ Australia Awards Policy HandbookÂ (PDF)
Method of Application:
Check theÂ open and close dates for your country, and select your country of citizenship/residency from the list of participating countries for specific information on eligibility, priority areas and how to apply. Deadline varies per country. The deadline for most countries isÂ 30 April 2019Â except for Cambodia (April 15) and Vanuatu (March 31).Â Africa applications has already closed on 3 December 2018.
It is important to read theÂ how to apply pageÂ and visit theÂ Â country specific pages,Â and the official website (link found below) for detailed and updated information on how to apply for this scholarship.
Official Scholarship Website:Â Â http://www.dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/australia-awards/Pages/australia-awards-scholarships.aspx
Scholarship Application Deadline:Â 30 Apr 2019 (annual)