Study in Australia – International Students
Australia Awards Fully Funded Scholarships are long-term awards administered by the Department of Trade and Foreign Affairs.
Australia Awards Scholarships aim to contribute to the development needs of Australia’s partner countries in line with regional agreements and bilateral.
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 & 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 Coverage and Benefits
Australia Awards Fully Funded Scholarships 2021 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:
- It covers 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, textbooks, 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 has 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.
Australia Awards Scholarships Eligibility
To be eligible to receive an Australia Awards Scholarship, applicants must:
- be a minimum of 18 years of age on 1 February of the year of
commencing the scholarship
- 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
- not be a citizen of Australia, hold permanent residency in Australia or be
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 eligible
to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency, at any
the time during the application, selection or mobilization phases (note: residents of
The Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau with New Zealand citizenship are eligible but
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 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)
- 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
a certain number of years in an appropriate sector)
- be able to satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which the
the award is to be undertaken (this may mean that Program Areas will need to
withdraw an award offer if the recipient cannot satisfy the institution’s
admission requirements. This may not be known until Program Areas request a
placement at selected institutions)
- be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Home Affairs to hold a
Student Visa. This may mean that the Program Area will need to withdraw an
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 lesser
then they have already achieved (eg be applying for a Master’s scholarship when
they already hold a Ph.D.)
- Applicants must inform the Program Area of any connection or relationship to
staff employed at Program Areas (including locally engaged staff at the post) or with
managing contractors so that the application may be properly and transparently
Types of courses available to applicants
- Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses
- Bachelor degree (undergraduate) courses
- Master degree courses
- Doctorate degree (Ph.D.) programs
How To Apply For Australia Awards Scholarships 2021
Before you apply:
- Check the opening and closing 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. See the participating countries page for opening and closing dates.
- If you intend to apply, you must read the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook. The handbook provides information including general eligibility requirements, selection processes, entitlements and responsibilities. Note that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade may revise and update the handbook at any time without notice.
- Some countries encourage and allow you to apply online while others require hard-copy applications. See your participating country profile for more information
Applying online Australia Awards Scholarships 2021
Go to the Online Australia Scholarships Information System (OASIS). 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.
Refer to the Applicant’s Online User Manual if you need help.
Deadline for Australia Awards Scholarships 2021
Applications will open on 1st Feb 2020. The last date to apply for Australia Awards Scholarships 2021 extended from 30 April 2020 to 30 June 2020.