The Australian government funds the prestigious Australia Awards Scholarships to develop the development needs of the partner governments of Australia. These scholarships are governed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Education and Training, and the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). Through their joint effort, aspiring candidates can now have the opportunity not only for professional development but also for advances in research studies.
In particular, the Australia Awards Scholarships are open to countries in the Indo-Pacific region. Citizens from the participating countries may take full-time bachelor, master, and doctorate studies at Australian universities and Technical Further Education (TAFE) institutions.
Benefits of the Australia Awards Scholarship
The benefits under the Australia Awards Scholarships are given for the entire length of the academic program including the preparatory course if there is any. These include full tuition fees, a plane ticket to and from Australia, fieldwork, supplementary academic support, disability support, establishment allowance, CLE, IAP, OSHC, and PCE.
Supplementary academic support may be given for better academic experience and to assure the success of the scholar. The rate may reach A$500 every six months.
Disability support is paid to the institution once the awardee is assessed as eligible. An individual Reasonable Accommodations will be provided by DFAT.
An allowance amounting to A$5000 that covers rents, textbooks, study materials, home contents insurance, and others is paid by the institution upon the awardee’s arrival in Australia.
Contributory to Living Expenses or CLE is a contribution to basic living expenses every two weeks. The department decides the amount to be paid. To date, the CLE is A$82.20 a day or approximately A$30,000 annually.
Introductory Academic Program (IAP) is a 4-6 week prerequisite program before the start of the formal academic studies. The coverage includes necessary information about living and studying conditions in Australia.
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) covers the basic medical needs of the award holder for the whole span of the scholarship. Any pre-existing conditions before the award is granted are not included. If a student wishes to avail of ancillary procedures such as dentist and optometrist appointments, the awardee must pay the expenses.
Pre-course English fees, or referred to as PCE fees, if required, are also paid for by Australia Awards Scholarship. For research and students where fieldwork is deemed necessary, a one return economy class airfare to their home country via the most direct route or local travel within Australia will be provided.
Eligibility criteria for the Australia Awards Scholarship
To be able to qualify for Australia Awards Scholarships, a few criteria must be met by the candidate.
Age. The minimum age criteria of the candidate must be at least 18 years of age on February 1 of the year of application.
Citizenship. The applicants must not be a resident of Australia, holder of a permanent residency, nor an applicant of visa to permanently live in Australia. The applicant, at the time of application, must be residing and applying in their home country and must be a citizen of the participating country.
Civil status. This scholarship favors applicants who are not married t, engaged to, or a de facto of an Australian or New Zealand citizenship holder at any time during the application process.
Scholarships. A candidate must not be a previous awardee of a long-term Australia award except on the condition that the candidate resided abroad twice as much as the time lived in Australia. Also, applying for a scholarship for a course lower than the presently achieved academic level is not allowed. That is, for example, applying for a master’s scholarship when you are a Ph.D. holder. PSSSP (Pacific Secondary School Scholarship Program) recipients who have finished their secondary school studies in Australia a year earlier are eligible for the scholarship.
English language requirements. The applicant must be able to comply with the English requirements of some institutions. The accepted tests are the International English Language Teaching System (IELTS), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic). The test results must be valid on January 1 of the year that the applicant plans to begin studies in Australia. Test results must be at least 6.5, 84, and 58 for IELTS, TOEFL, and PTE respectively.
Others. Additional requirements include visa requirements, non-conviction or not currently under investigation of criminal activities and must not be a currently serving military personnel. Other criteria set by the government in the country of origin such as work experience must be satisfied.
Australia Awards Scholarship application guidelines
Before applying for the scholarship, check the list of the participating countries if your country belongs to the list. Create an account at the OASIS website after checking the participation of your country. It is where you can log in to complete your application.
There are two ways to apply for Australia Awards Scholarship. It can either be done online or via mail, whichever is more convenient for you.
In applying online, there will be sections requiring details. These would include personal details, contact details, proposed study programs, and qualifications to name a few. A step-by-step procedure is provided at this link. The list of participating institutions in Australia is also linked for your reference.
If you opt to apply via mail, visit the website of your participating country profile for the contact details. You can obtain a hard copy of the application form. An accomplished form together with the supporting documentation should be submitted to the office in charge of the application.
Kindly browse over your county’s profile to see if there are other supporting documents needed like referee reports.
Australia Awards Scholarship deadline
The opening and closing dates may vary by country. The opening of applications usually starts in February. The deadline for application is usually by the end of May.