Australia Awards Scholarships for international students

Australia Awards Scholarships is for Bachelors/Masters/PhD Degrees in Australia

Australia Awards Scholarships are administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. They 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.
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

Deadline: Feb-April 2016

Host Institutions: Any Participating Australian Institution
Fields of study: related to your country’s priority areas for development which are listed on the participating country profiles. However, Australia Awards are not available for training in areas related to flying aircraft, nuclear technology or military training.

Target group:

Asia

Bangladesh

Bhutan

Cambodia

India

Indonesia

Laos

Maldives

Mongolia

Myanmar

Nepal

Pakistan

Philippines

Sri Lanka

Timor-Leste

Vietnam

 

Pacific

Federated States of Micronesia

Fiji

French Pacific Collectivities (New Caledonia, French Polynesia, and Wallis and Futuna)

Kiribati

Marshall Islands

Nauru

Papua New Guinea

Republic of Palau

Samoa

Solomon Islands

Tonga

Tuvalu

Africa

Botswana

Ghana

Kenya

Madagascar

Malawi

Mauritius

Mozambique

Nigeria

South Africa

Tanzania

Zambia

Middle East

Palestinian Territories

Eligibility:

To be eligible to receive a Scholarship, applicants must:
a. be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing the Scholarship
b. 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
c. not be married, 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 or mobilisation phases (note: residents of Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau with New Zealand citizenship are eligible but must apply for a Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector (subclass 576) visa
d. not be current serving military personnel
e. not be a citizen of Australia, hold permanent residency in Australia or  be applying for a visa to live in Australia permanently
f. not be applying for another long‐term Australia Award unless they have resided outside of Australia for twice the length of the total time that they were in Australia
g. 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)
h. be able to satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which the award is to be undertaken
i. be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to hold a Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector (subclass 576) visa.
j. Applicants must inform the Program Area of any connection or relationship to staff employed at Program Areas or with managing contractors so that the application may be properly and transparently managed.
k. if you accept an Australia Awards Scholarship you cannot hold any other Australian Government-sponsored scholarship (such as an Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarship).

Application instructions:
Check the 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 but falls around Feb-April 2016.
It is important to read the how to apply page and visit the  country specific pages, and the official website (link found below) for detailed and updated information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Awards benefits
The Awards 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 of A$5,000 as a contribution towards accommodation expenses, text books, study materials
  • Contribution to Living Expenses (CLE) – is a fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses paid at a rate determined by the department. From 1 January 2013, CLE payable to awardees is A$30,000 per year.
  • Introductory Academic Program (IAP)—a compulsory 4-6 week program prior to the commencement of formal academic studies covering 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 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 awardees and Master by coursework which has a research component where fieldwork is compulsory component)—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
Applicants who want to accept an Australia Awards Scholarship will need to sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring that they will comply with the conditions of the scholarship.
Awardees are required to leave Australia for a minimum of two years after completing their scholarship. Failure to do so will result in the awardee incurring a debt for the total accrued cost of their scholarship.

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