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Scholarships to Study in Australia as an International Student

Australia is a travel destination for international students who want to study abroad to earn widely recognized academic qualifications. Although most international students in Australia are full paying students, a Hugh opportunity is available to apply for full and partial scholarships in Australia offered annually.

Scholarships cover various levels of education from vocational education and training to undergraduate, postgraduate, research and exchange programs. Prospective students who want to study in Australia can take advantage of generous scholarship programmes offered by Universities in Australia, the Government of Australia and Australian organizations, offered to Students from different parts of the world; Africa, Asia, Middle East, Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and American.

Australian Government Scholarships for international students

The Australian Government's overseas aid program aims to increase access to quality education and training for people in partner countries; mostly developing countries in Asia Pacific, Africa, Middle East, Caribbean and Latin America. It brings under the one umbrella existing scholarship programs managed by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST). Below are scholarships offered by the Australian government.

Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) The Australia Development Scholarship Awards for developing countries (Asia Pacific, Africa, Middle East, Caribbean, Latin America) is an initiative of the Australian Government aimed to maximize the benefit of the Australian Government's extensive scholarship programs, and to support enduring ties between Australia and neighboring African and developing Countries. ADS are available for full-time Postgraduate Diploma or Master Degree studies at Australian universities. Scholarship application Deadline falls between March and May each year depending on the country.

Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Scholarships

The Australian Leadership Award Scholarships (ALA Scholarships) are long term development awards, aimed at addressing priority development areas by enhancing leadership and building partnerships and linkages within developing countries. Up to 200 ALA Scholarships are available on an annual basis for high achieving applicants wishing to undertake postgraduate (Masters or PhD level) study at an Australian higher education institution.

The Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Fellowships

Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Fellowships aim to develop leadership, address priority regional development issues, and builds partnerships and linkages between Australian organizations and partner organizations in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East.

Endeavour Awards

The Endeavour Scholarship Awards is a competitive merit based annual scholarship program offered by Australian Government to provide financial aid opportunities for international students from Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. The Awards are also available for Australians to undertake study, research and professional development abroad.

Prime Minister's Pacific-Australia Awards

The Prime Minister's Pacific-Australia Awards (PMPA Awards) are offered to recipients of long-term development awards (Australian Development Scholarships and Australian Leadership Award Scholarships) from the Pacific, Papua New Guinea and East Timor, who are leaders or potential leaders in their country.

Australian Regional Development Scholarships (ARDS) for Select Developing Countries

Australian Regional Development Scholarships provide opportunities to students from some select developing countries to study at selected education institutions outside Australia. The purpose of the scholarships is for recipients to gain knowledge and skills which will help the development of their home country. Eligible Country for Scholarship Include; Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Additionally, several universities in Australia are international student friendly, offering Scholarship for international students. Some of Australian university scholarships are funded by the institution while others are funded by the Australia government or external organizations. An example is the government funded international Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) in Australian Universities.

Some of the several universities in Australia that offers undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships for international students to study in Australia are:

  • Macquarie University
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Technology Sydney

These are few of several funding opportunities available to study in Australia for international students. Follow the link below for a more comprehensive list of scholarships in Australia for International students offered by organizations, Universities and federal Government.