Scholarships

Scholarships

Scholarships to study in Australia:

There are many scholarships, grants, and bursaries that can help support you financially with your studies in Australia. They are offered by the Australian Government, education providers, and many other public and private organizations. All applications and inquiries for scholarships are made through the scholarship provider.

The major scholarships programs available for international students are:

  • Australia Awards

    The Australia Awards aim to promote knowledge, education links, and enduring ties between Australia and our neighbours through Australia's extensive scholarship programs. The program brings together scholarships offered by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT), the Department of Education and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

  • Destination Australia

    The Destination Australia Program (DAP) is the Australian Government’s new mobility program for domestic and international students to study in regional Australia. Over 1000 scholarships will be available each year to support both domestic and international students studying at regional campus locations in qualifications from a Certification IV level and above. Australian tertiary institutions will be able to apply for scholarships of up to $15,000 per student, per year.

  • Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP)

    From 1 January 2017, the Research Training Program (RTP) replaced the International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) program. Find out more about the Research Training Program at the Department of Education website. Applications for these scholarships are made directly to a participating university.

  • Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowship

    The Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowships are open to high-achieving female researchers from APEC economies for research opportunities in partnership with Australian education and research institutions. The fellowships aim to support women’s economic empowerment in the APEC region and raise the profile of female role models in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Read more about the Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowship.

  • Provider scholarships

    Australian education providers regularly offer scholarships to qualifying international students, based on academic merit. Consult with the admissions team or international office at the provider you are applying to for further advice and information.

Who can apply for a scholarship

All scholarships listed on our website are available to international students. Many are available to students of all nationalities; however, all scholarships conditions are set by the institution or organization offering the scholarship and applications have to be done directly with the scholarship provider. To find out if you are eligible to receive a scholarship you must contact the organization offering the scholarship.

For example:
Australian Scholarships in Nepal are announced and managed by the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal. Below is the information:

Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) – Scholarships

Australian Development Scholarships (ADS)

Recipients for both scholarships are required to return to their home country for two years after they have completed their studies. The recipients should also be willing to actively participate in the AusAID alumni program.

ALA Scholarships are academically prestigious awards, offered to high achievers with the potential to assume leadership roles that can influence social and economic policy reform, development, and governance in their home countries and region. The purpose of ALA scholarships is to develop leadership in the Asia Pacific region.

The ADS Program is a bilateral development cooperation activity between the Government of Australia (GoA) and the Government of Nepal (GoN). The program aims to help Nepal meet its human resource development needs and thereby contribute to its long-term development. The program equips Nepalis with the necessary skills and knowledge to drive change and influence the development outcomes of Nepal.  Some ADS placements are being retained for the GoN’s public servants.

Australia Awards are open for the following fields of study:

ALA Scholarships – Disability, Economic Growth, Education, Environment, Food security, Gender, Governance, Health, Human rights, Infrastructure, Regional stability, Rural Development, Water and sanitation.

ADS – Health, Education, Economics, Environment (including Climate Change, Water and Sanitation), Gender & inclusion, including disability, Public Policy / Administration / Financial Management, Agriculture / Forestry (including livelihood and food security), Law (including human rights), Business Administration (For Government – public servants only).

Mandatory Eligibility requirements:

Mandatory eligibility requirements under ALA Scholarships:

  • Must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above (with no individual band less than 6) – or the equivalent level of TOEFL – being achieved no longer than two years prior to the date of application.
  • Must have an unconditional Letter of Offer for enrolment from an Australian university.

Mandatory eligibility requirements under ADS:

  • Must be a Nepali citizen of fewer than 45 years of age at the time of application.
  • Your university qualification must be equivalent to an Australian Bachelor’s or Masters’s degree.
  • Must have at least three years of work experience relevant to your nominated field of study.
  • Must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above (with no individual band less than 6) – or the equivalent
    level of TOEFL – being achieved no longer than two years prior to the date of application.

For both ALA Scholarships and ADS, you will not be eligible if you:

  • Are holding or have been nominated to receive another Australian Government scholarship.
  • Have held a foreign scholarship in the 24 months preceding the application – 24 months to be calculated from the date of arrival back in the home country to the closing date of receipt of Scholarships applications (NOTE this restriction does not apply to short-term ‘Fellowship’ recipients).
  • Are either an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or in the process of applying for such a status.
  • Are either married or engaged to be married to, or a de facto of, a person who holds or who is eligible to hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residence status.
  • Are not able to satisfy Australian Government requirements for international student entry.

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