Australian Awards (Fully Funded) Scholarships for Developing Countries

Australia Awards Scholarships, aim to contribute to the development needs of Australia’s partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements, are administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

The fully funded scholarship provide opportunities for students from developing countries, particularly those countries located in the Indo-Pacific region, to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at various participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.

An Australia Awards Scholarship provides you with the opportunity to gain an internationally recognized qualification from an Australian institution. The study and research opportunities provided by Australia Awards Scholarships develop the skills and knowledge of future leaders to drive change and contribute to development in their own countries. It includes all the necessary support and funding to complete your study. Your career will benefit from new knowledge, leadership skills and the links you create both in Australia and through the Australia Global Alumni network. On your return home, you can make a vital contribution to the social and economic development of your country.

The application process is transparent and competitive, providing equal opportunity to all eligible applicants, regardless of gender, ethnicity or disability.

Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for the minimum necessary period for students to complete their academic program specified by the Australian higher education institution, including any preparatory training.

Successful 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.

After successful completion of their scholarship, scholars are required to leave Australia for a minimum of 02 years. Failure to do so will result in the scholar earning a debt for the total accrued cost of their scholarship.





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All successful candidates will have the following benefits:

  • 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 etc.
  • 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.


Applicants are required to meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • A minimum of 18 years of age on 1 February of the year of commencing the scholarship
  • A citizen of a participating country and be residing in and applying for the scholarshipfrom their country of citizenship
  • Not be a citizen of Australia, hold permanent residency in Australia or be applying for a visato 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 time during the application, selectionor 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]
  • Not be current serving military personnel
  • Not have previously received a long-term AustraliaAward 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 criteriaestablished 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)
  • Able to satisfy the admission requirementsof the institution at which the award is to be undertaken
    • This may mean that Program Areas will need to withdraw an award offerif the recipient cannot satisfy the institution’s admission requirements. This may not be known until Program Areas request a placement at selected institutions
  • Able to satisfy all requirementsof the Department of Home Affairs to hold a Student Visa.
    • This may mean that the Program Area will need to withdraw an award offerif the recipient cannot satisfy the visa requirements
  • Not be applying for a scholarship for a course of study at an academic level lesser than they have already achieved (e.g. be applying for a Master’s scholarship when they already hold a PhD)
  • Applicants must inform the Program Area of any connection or relationship to staff employed at Program Areas (including locally engaged staff at post) or with managing contractors so that the application may be properly and transparently managed.


Applicants are required to meet the following English language requirements:

  • An applicant or awardee will have to meet DFAT’s Englishlanguage requirements for receiving an Australia Awards Scholarship if their first language is English and if they have undertaken their education in English
  • Note that some institutions may still require evidence of Englishlanguage proficiency, and Program Areas relying on the above may need to check whether Australian institutions accept applicants from particular regions or with particular qualifications from English language institutions
  • Where an applicant or awardee does not meet DFAT’s Englishlanguage requirements, the awardee must provide an academic English language test result that meets the institution’s academic English language requirement tests before commencing the approved main course of studies. The below are accepted English language tests:
    • International EnglishLanguage Testing System (IELTS)
    • Test of Englishas a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Pearson Test of EnglishAcademic (PTE Academic)
  • Awardees’ Englishlanguage test results must be valid at 1 January of the year in which the awardee is commencing studies in Australia
  • If an institution requires a different test validity timeframe, awardees must meet the institution’s requirements
  • English language scores are not negotiable. All AustraliaAwards Scholarship awardees must meet the following requirement
    • An Academic IELTS result with an overall score of at least 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or
    • An internet-based TOEFL score of at least 79, with a minimum of 19 in all subtests, or
    • PTE Academic overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.
  • Where an institution’s academicEnglish language requirement is higher than DFAT’s requirement for the main course of study, the awardee must meet the institution’s requirement


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Deadline: April 30, 2019
Publish Date:
Australian Universities
Masters Degree
Location: Australia
January, 2020

183 thoughts on “Australian Awards (Fully Funded) Scholarships for Developing Countries”

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  3. I am Varney B.Kiadii a Liberian and a junior student at the African Methodist Episcopal University reading PublicAdministration major with emphasis in Management.
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  4. Currently doing Master in Education at the University of the South Pacific (USP). If things turn out right should complete this program come end of this year 2019. I wish to pursue Masters in Policy and good governance in any University in Australia.

    Any your advice and assistance.

  5. Hey! I’m John Michael from Philippines graduated last year with course of Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology which is 3 years. I want to proceed from your university I hope I got qualified and get an scholarship. God bless

  6. My name is David from Ghana and I hold a Bachelor degree in Public relations and I have high interest in studying in Australia and as a beneficiary of this scholarship.

  7. My name is bibek from nepal and i did Bachelors in hospitality management with 3.29 SGPA in 2013. After onwards am being engaging in same field till now. Recently working as food and beverage executive (reporting direct to general manager). Am interested to explore more on this field with Australian masters degree further. Unfortunately i havent gone through any required english courses. If need i will go by. Let me know about the university offering this scholarship regarding masters in hospitality management in Australia.

  8. I am mr.sasikkanthan from srilanka i have BA arts degree and also i have got married can i apply for this scholarship?

  9. I am Ramesh K C from Nepal. Since one year I am studying Foundation Studies leading to Bachelor of Engineering (civil and infrastructure) in Australia at RMIT University in Melbourne. I had successfully completed Foundation Studies with GPA 3.4 and English average of 68% by the 7th of December, 2018. As I met all the requirement, I got enrol to my major course and my class start from 4th of March. My question is that I meets all the criteria except English language requirement. My English language test result have been already expired so I need to give English test again or not?

    Yours Sincerely,
    Ramesh K C

  10. I have a masters degree in Human Resource but I wish to do a General MBA can I apply -Surangi Srilanka

  11. I’m from Sri Lanka and i would like to apply this opportunity.I have a completed my degree (B.Sc.CIvil Engineer) from south eastern university of Sri Lanka and waiting for transcript.there is a another point that i haven’t completed any of English language course which is requirement.could you please tell me can i apply this opportunity and complete those missing requirement meanwhile before the closing date.
    Thank you.

  12. My nephew who is 19 years old and from Sri Lanka is very interested in doing a course with TAFE or a foundation course leading to a degree in any area in automobile industry. Would be great if more information about the courses are available.
    Many thanks

  13. Hello Im Jonathan from Philippines, I tried to apply this scholarship. I went to online registration at . Theres a problem in the selection of Citizenship. Theres no Philippines or Filipino Selection. What step I need to do. I can t leave it blank. Thanks

  14. I am an English teacher here in the Philippines. I have already earned a master’s degree. Can I take another MA course through Australia Awards?

  15. I’m Mohamed Bishroon Fathima Farwin. I’m an nongraduate but trained English Teacher in an Sri lankan government school. I have trained by National Institute of Sri lanka and have an experience of twelve years. I wish to continue my higher studies in your university. I’m so interested in this scholarship.

  16. Hello my name is David de Silva and I would like to inquire about a free scholarship for my son. He will be 17 in May 2019 and will be completing his Pearson advanced level examination in the English medium from Gateway International College in Sri Lanka. I would like to apply for this for him in 2020 when he turns 18. Please email me more information.

    Many thank and best regards

    David de Silva

  17. How can I apply for this scholarship program.. I’m holder of special degree in economics(sri Lanka,),post graduate diploma in public administration(Sri Lanka),also BTEC Level 7 in Strategic Management( UK)

    I have government and private sector work experience..
    Hope I’m qualified to apply for this scholarship program. Please email me relevant information and application ezc


  18. Currently I am following the BSc special degree in Environmental management and forestry in the final year. So may I know the courses you have in that stream to do my postgraduate studies.

  19. I am interested in further education in my field. In which I’ve completed my trade diploma in automotive engineering and would like to do degree in automotive engineering or PhD in automotive engineering.
    Thank you

  20. My sister is 18 years old and is in form 7 this year and would want to apply for this scholarship under science field
    So how can she know what specific programs are offered under science. FIJI

  21. Currently i’m completing my postgrad diploma in education at Fiji National University semester 1 2019, am i eligible to apply for the scholarship…. I want to pursue my Masters in Assessment and Evaluation in 2020…My result will be out after the end of Semester 1 2019

  22. I have completed my bachelor and will like to apply for master but my percentage is below 50. So can I still apply for scholarship?

  23. Hi I’m Lusiana and I’m from Fiji…I have completed my Bachelor in Education (Prinary).. What are the required course I can apply in??

  24. Greetings from Jakarta
    Kindly advise if there is age barrier. I am 64 years old with Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in accountancy.
    Kind regards
    Prem Nathani
    Cellular WhatsApp +62818769134

  25. Hello dear
    Iam Mahnaz Rahimi.Iam from Iran and highly interested in studying at your contry and your university.I have a Ba in English translation.I plan to continue in lingustics .I hope to learn my Master in your university.
    Iam looking forward to your reply.

  26. How do we apply for this scholarship???
    If i have a family, and i get acxepted at a university in Australia, will i be able to move wigh my famiily to australia until i complete my studies n return to Fiji.??

  27. My name is Nicholas Asante from Ghana. I have higher diploma in microbiology, so I have high interest to learn in your university.(scholarship)

  28. hello, I am an Indonesian citizen. I have seen the full funded requirements at the Australian awards. but I’m taking my bachelor’s degree in Indonesia. I want to continue taking a master’s degree in Australia while I am currently taking the IELTS test according to the test scores set by the Australian awards. Is this scholarship still valid for the next year?

  29. Hi Am from Papaya New Guinea having graduate with a Bachelor Degree in Metallurgy Engineering with over one year of experience in Nickel Cobalt Mining Industry am really interested to pursue a Master’s Degree under your scholarship program in any one of your Universities.. Please send me the necessary information to my email address stated below..Thanks.

  30. My name is selena, I’ve already achieved my diploma in business accounting but I’ve want to further my studies. Kindly assist me with your scholarship program.

    Thank you.

    Papua New Guinea

  31. I’m from Guyana located on the South American continent. I would like to know if scholarship only applies to the countries you have listed?

  32. I have obtained my first Masters degree in Public Policy from Indonesia. Can I apply for another masters degree in Management?

  33. I am keen for a scholarship in the open category;
    Please kindly inform update me with the application process and other necessary information.

  34. Am interested in our pursuing my masters in that institution kindly
    give me the requirements and application process.

  35. hi I’m from Philippines, I am native from the tribe of Umayam-nun in agusan del sur and also a fresh graduate i would like to pursue my masters degree in your University. Hoping for your positive response.
    thank you

  36. Hello my name is Stephen from Uganda with a degree in business administration accounting option. Can be eligible to apply for scholarship?
    Thank you

  37. I have checked through the article and related fields and I would like to confirm if the applications from African countries is closed?

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