Australia Awards Scholarships

Australian Government
Bachelors/Masters/PhD Degrees

Deadline: varies, Feb-April 2015
Study in:  Australia
Course starts 2016

Brief description:

Australia Awards Scholarships, formerly known as Australian Development Scholarships (ADS), are long term development awards 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

Host Institution(s):

Participating Australian higher education institutions and technical colleges

Fields of study:

Fields of study that are related to your country’s priority areas for development.  These are listed on the participating country profiles.

Number of Scholarships:

Not specified.

Target group:

Citizens of one of the participating countries in Asia, Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East. See the complete list of participating countries.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

The scholarship benefits generally include: full tuition fees, return air travel, establishment allowance, contribution to living expenses (CLE), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), etc. See the complete list of benefits at the official website (link found below).

The 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.


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.

Read the complete eligibility criteria in the January 2015 Australia Awards Policy Handbook (PDF)

Application instructions:

Applications for most African countries has opened 1 September 2015.  Applications for other participating countries are currently closed.

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.  Each Country Program has different timelines but deadline falls around Feb-April 2015. Note: (Austalia Awards Scholarships for Africa are now closed.)

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.


Official Scholarship Website:

Related Scholarships: Australia Scholarships for International Students

  • Disclaimer: This is NOT the official scholarship page. This is only a one-page summarized listing of the scholarship. While we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, information may change at any time without notice. For complete and updated information, please always refer to the official website of the scholarship provider. Any reliance you place on information from is strictly at your own risk. Please read our full Disclaimer for more information.

    Don't miss a single scholarship!

    Remember to check your email account to confirm your subscription.