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Australian Government Scholarships for International Students at Australian Universities 2020-21

The Australian government under its Department of Foreign Aairs and Trade is inviting applications for the Australian Awards Scholarships for Masters Students in 2020. Award types include master’s level scholarships and post-graduate short courses that aim to support the leadership needs of African professionals and to focus training on areas relevant to Africa’s development priorities. Through study and practical experience, scholars gain skills and knowledge that will help drive economic and social development in their home countries. Study and training are oered in the following priority sectors: agricultural productivity,extractives, and public policy. They provide opportunities for people from developing countries, particularly those countries located in the Indo-Pacic region, to undertake full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and 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.

Deadline:  Applications closes June 30, 2020.


Australia 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, text books, 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 scademic 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.


To be considered for a Australia Awards Scholarship or Australia Awards Short Course, applicants must meet their country’s eligibility requirements. In general, the following requirements apply

  • Citizen of an eligible African country
  • Minimum academic requirement: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Mid-level to senior-level professional, currently employed in a relevant field
  • Meet relevant post-graduate work experience requirements
  • For Australia Awards Short Courses, applicants must be at least 25 years and not older than 55 years by 30 June 2021.
  • For Australia Awards Scholarships, applicants must be at least 25 years and not older than 52 years at the date of application.
  • For Australia Awards Scholarships, applicants must be applying for their first master’s degree.
  • Demonstrate a clear vision of how the knowledge gained through the scholarship will be used to improve policy, practice or reform in their home country
  • Satisfactory English proficiency to enable full participation in a training course delivered in English
  • Satisfy all requirements of the Australian Government for the appropriate student visa (subclass 500).


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