Australia Awards Scholarships 2024

Australia Awards Scholarships 2024, February 28 2023






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.

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.

The study and research opportunities provided by Australia Awards Scholarships develop the skills and knowledge of individuals to drive change and contribute to development in their own countries.


Australia Awards Scholarships 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 as a contribution towards accommodation expenses, text books, 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.



To be eligible to receive an Australia Awards Scholarship, applicants must:

i. be a minimum of 18 years of age on 1 February of the year of commencing the scholarship;

ii. 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;

iii. not be a citizen of Australia, hold permanent residency in Australia or be applying for a visa to live in Australia permanently;

iv. not be married to, 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 and mobilisation phases (note: residents of Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau with New Zealand citizenship are eligible but must apply for a Student visa [subclass 500]);

v. not be current serving military personnel;

vi. not have previously received a long-term Australia Award unless they have resided outside of Australia for twice the length of the total time that they were in Australia (for example, a previous awardee who has been on an Australia Awards Scholarship in Australia for four years will not be eligible to apply for another Australia Awards Scholarship until they have resided outside
Australia for eight years);

vii. not hold convictions of criminal activities (including in their home country) including those relating to Child Protection and PSEAH;

• An English language proficiency of at least 6.5 in IELTS with no band less than 6.0 (or 575 in paper based TOEFL or 90 in internet based TOEFL or 61 in PTE Academic). Scores must be valid on 1 January 2024. No other English language test (including TOEFL prediction test) results will be accepted.

IELTS testing result is not a requirement for applicants if:

• English was the language of instruction for your undergraduate degree, or
• you studied in Australia within the last two-years, or
• you completed over five years of study in one of the following English-speaking countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland
• Answer all relevant questions on the application form.


Participating Countries


(Algeria, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe)



Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Vietnam


Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands,Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna

Middle East

Palestinian Territories


Participating Institutions

– Australian Catholic University
– Aviation Australia
– Bond University
– Box Hill Institute TAFE
– Bureau of Meteorology
– Canberra Institute of Technology
– Carnegie Mellon University
– Central Queensland University
– Charles Darwin University
– Charles Sturt University
– Chisholm Institute of TAFE
– Curtin University of Technology
– Deakin University
– Edith Cowan University
– Federation University
– Flinders University
– Griffith University
– Holmesglen Institute of TAFE
– James Cook University
– Kangan Institute
– La Trobe University
– Macquarie University
– Melbourne Polytechnic
– Monash University
– Murdoch University
– Queensland University of Technology
– RMIT University
– Southern Cross University

– Swinburne University of Technology
– TAFE Queensland
– Tasmanian Polytechnic
– The Australian National University
– The Gordon Institute of TAFE
– The University of Adelaide
– The University of Melbourne
– The University of New England
– The University of New South Wales
(including ADFA)
– The University of Newcastle
– The University of Queensland
– The University of Sydney
-The University of Western Australia
– University College London
– University of Canberra
– University of South Australia
– University of Southern Queensland
– University of Tasmania (including
the Australian Maritime College)
– University of Technology Sydney
– University of The Sunshine Coast
– University of Wollongong
– Victoria University
– Western Sydney University
– William Angliss Institute of TAFE


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.

Scholars are required to leave Australia for a minimum of two years after completing their scholarship. Failure to do so will result in the scholar incurring a debt for the total accrued cost of their scholarship.


How to apply

Application dates

For study commencing in Australia in 2024:

Opening date: 1 February 2023
Closing date: 1 May 2023 (11:59PM AEST)

Applications and/or supporting documents received after the closing date will not be considered.

The application process (For Africa)

All applications must be lodged online through OASIS.

Supporting documents Applicants must submit all the relevant supporting documents listed in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook.

This is the link for the online application portal Online Australia Scholarships Information System (OASIS). The link to applications for those countries can be found in their relevant Country Profile.

When you register online, you will be required to answer some questions to establish your eligibility. You will then be given a unique registration number, username and password.

You do not need to submit your application immediately. You can set up a draft application form and update it, and your supporting documentation, until the designated closing date as on the relevant participating country profile.

Once submitted, your application cannot be changed. We strongly advise applicants applying online to do so well before the closing date. OASIS experiences peak usage in the days leading up to the closing date and applicants may experience delays.









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