Applying for an Australia Awards scholarship: A step-by-step guide

Australia Awards Scholarships, managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, are designed to support the development priorities of Australia’s partner nations as outlined in bilateral and regional agreements. These scholarships offer individuals from developing countries, especially those in the Indo-Pacific region, the chance to pursue full-time undergraduate or postgraduate studies at selected Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.

The educational opportunities provided through Australia Awards Scholarships help enhance the capabilities and expertise of recipients, empowering them to instigate positive transformations and make meaningful contributions to the progress of their home countries.


Australia Awards Scholarships are provided for the duration required for the recipient to finish the specified academic program at an Australian higher education institution, which may include preparatory courses. The scholarships typically include the following benefits:

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  • Round-trip air travel–reimbursement of a single round-trip, economy class flight to and from Australia, taking the most direct route.
  • Establishment grant–a one-time payment to assist with accommodation costs, textbooks, study materials
    Living Expenses Support (LES) – a bi-weekly stipend for essential living expenses provided at a rate set by the department.
  • Orientation Academic Program (OAP)–a mandatory program before the start of formal academic studies that covers information on living and studying in Australia.
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of the scholarship (for the recipient only)–offered to cover basic medical expenses for the scholar (excluding pre-existing conditions).
  • Preparatory English (PE) fees–if required, PE may be offered to students for training either in their home country or in Australia.
  • additional academic assistance may be provided to ensure a scholar’s academic achievement or enrich their academic journey.
  • fieldwork (for research scholarships and Masters by coursework with a research component requiring mandatory fieldwork) may be available for eligible research students for one round-trip economy class flight via the most direct route to their home country or within Australia.

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Terms and requirements for being awarded

Applicants seeking to accept an Australia Awards Scholarship are obligated to enter into a contractual agreement with the Commonwealth of Australia, affirming their commitment to abide by the scholarship’s terms and conditions.

Upon completion of their scholarship, scholars are obliged to depart from Australia for a period of at least two years. Failure to comply with this requirement will lead to the scholar being held responsible for the entire accumulated cost of their scholarship.

How to apply

Please ensure to review the opening and closing dates for your country and choose your country of citizenship or residency from the provided list of participating countries to obtain specific details regarding eligibility, priority areas, and application procedures. For the exact dates, please refer to the participating countries page.

If you are planning to apply, it is essential to thoroughly read the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook. This handbook contains important information about general eligibility criteria, selection processes, entitlements, and responsibilities. Please note that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade reserves the right to revise and update the handbook without prior notice.

Depending on your country, you may have the option to apply online or may be required to submit a hard-copy application. For further information, please refer to your participating country profile.

Applying online

Please refer to the relevant participating country profile for the application portal link. It is important to note that Indonesia and the Philippines do not utilize the Online Australia Scholarships Information System (OASIS). The application links for these countries can be found in their respective Country Profiles.

Upon online registration, you will need to answer a series of questions to determine your eligibility. Subsequently, you will receive a unique registration number, username, and password.

There is no requirement to submit your application immediately. You have the option to create a draft application form and make updates, along with attaching supporting documents, until the specified closing date as indicated in the relevant participating country profile.

Once your application is submitted, it cannot be modified. We recommend that online applicants complete their applications well in advance of the closing date. OASIS typically experiences high traffic in the days leading up to the deadline, which may cause delays for applicants.

Last Says

In case you encounter any difficulties in submitting your application online, an alternative option is to apply by mail. To obtain a hardcopy application form and any other necessary templates, such as referee reports (if applicable), kindly refer to your participating country profile for contact details. It is important to note that the completed hard copy application forms and supporting documentation must be submitted within the deadline specified by your country. To ensure compliance, please refer to the opening and closing dates for each country.


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