Awards Scholarships

Awards Scholarships are long-term awards administered by the Department of
Foreign Affairs and Trade.

aim to contribute to the development needs of Australia’s partner countries in
line with bilateral and regional agreements.

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.

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.


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,
    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 before 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 (except pre-existing
  • 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.


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.

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.

to apply 

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

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.

Applying by mail

If you are unable to submit your
application online, you can apply by mail. Please check your participating country profile for contact
details to obtain a hardcopy application form and any other templates such as
referee reports (if applicable).

Completed hard copy application
forms and supporting documentation must be submitted by the deadline specified
by your country. See the opening and closing dates for each country.

Supporting documentation

Check your participating country profile to see if
your country requires additional supporting documents, such as referee reports
(template below).

For more detailed information visit the website: