Australia Awards Scholarship: What You Need To Know

The Australia Awards Scholarship is a long-term scholarship regulated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It aims to foster partner countries’ growth in terms of regional and bilateral agreements. This offers opportunities for aspirants from developing nations, especially Indo-Pacific, to undertake full-time postgraduate/undergraduate studies at participating TAFE (Technical and Further Education) institutions and universities in Australia. The programs of study should be related to priority areas of student countries for development. These will be mentioned on the profiles of participating countries as well.

Eligibility 

The Australia Awards Scholarship eligibility criteria include the following: 

  • Should adhere to requirements listed in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook. 
  • Should have IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with 6.0 as the minimum per-band score or any equivalent PTE/TOEFL score. 
  • Should meet country-specific conditions if required. 
  • Should be at least 18 years of age while beginning the scholarship program. 
  • Should not be engaged, married, or an individual with/without eligibility to have New Zealand/Australian citizenship/permanent residency. 
  • Should not be military personnel, an Australian, or a visa applicant for permanent residence in the country. 

Benefits 

The Australia Awards Scholarship comes with the following benefits: 

  • Complete tuition costs. 
  • Return air travel payments of a single return and economy-class airfare to and from Australia. 
  • Establishment allowance (one-time accommodation payment along with textbooks and study materials). 
  • CLE (contribution to living expenses) on a fortnightly basis. 
  • OSHC (overseas student health cover) for the scholarship duration and to cover basic medical expenses. 
  • Introductory Academic Program (IAP), which is compulsory before starting formal academic education. 
  • Pre-course English fees if required. 
  • Fieldwork and research work, including one return economy class airfare to the country of citizenship or within Australia itself. 

Documents Required 

Students should check their participating country profiles to understand more about any added documentation needs. 

How to Apply? 

  • Visit OASIS (Online Australia Scholarships Information System) and register. 
  • Answer a few questions for working out eligibility and get the unique registration number, password, and username. 
  • You can set up the draft application and update the same with documentation until the closing date. 

If applying via mail, you should check the participating country profile for contact information to get the hardcopy form and other templates, like referee reports to be sent within the specified deadline. 

Important Dates (timeline) 

You should keep an eye on your home country’s closing and opening dates.

FAQs

How do you get awarded scholarships from Australia?

All aspirants should submit their letters of endorsement from their educational institution to get consideration for scholarships. Applicant assessments will take place on the basis of their leadership attributes, academic prowess, and future intentions with regard to the scholarship.

Does Australia provide a full scholarship?

The Australia Awards Scholarships are completely funded scholarships for helping international students pursue Ph.D., undergraduate, and master’s courses. They offer coverage for living costs, tuition fees, establishment allowances, and a lot more.

Is it easy to get a scholarship in Australia?

Getting a scholarship in Australia is not impossible, although there is stiff competition, with innumerable scholarship applications being received every year by institutions in the country.

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