Australian universities offer a broad range of scholarships to international students with outstanding academic performance to support their studies. These scholarships cover tuition fees, and in some cases, living expenses and travel costs as well. For coursework programs, scholarships usually cover a portion of the tuition fees, while research programs may provide funding for up to 100% of tuition fees and a generous amount for living expenses.
In addition to scholarships offered by universities and colleges, the Australian government also provides scholarships to international students. However, the criteria for these scholarships are highly competitive compared to university scholarships, and due to the high number of applications received, it is advisable to apply well in advance to receive a timely response.
The main eligibility criterion for university scholarships is based on academic merit.
- High Academics
- Extracurricular activities
- Social work
- Engineering programs
- Req-60%-70% in year 12th/graduation
- Amount-AUD 2000-AUD 7,000
- Information Technology programs
- Requirement- 60%-70% in year 12th /or graduation
- Amount- AUD 2000 to AUD 10,000
- Business programs
- Requirement- 60%-70% in year 12th / graduation
- Amount- AUD 2000 up to 50%
Universities may automatically consider you for a scholarship, but some may require successful admission and additional documents before considering you for a scholarship.
Below is a list of International and international scholarships along with their relevant descriptions. Most of them are currently available, while some have tentative deadlines. Eligibility requirements to apply for any scholarship may vary based on factors such as age, gender, institution, courses, location, and academic achievements.
- The Australian Development Scholarship (ADS) is available for international students who wish to study at Australian Universities and then return to their home country to contribute to the national and regional development of their country. ADS are available for undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees, PhD degrees, and vocational education and training courses.
- The Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) supplement ADS. The recipients undertake a Leadership Development Program that provides opportunities to enhance their leadership capacity and extend their network while in Australia. The application intakes are generally around March-June.
- The International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) allows foreign students to undertake a postgraduate research qualification in Australia and gain experience working with leading Australian researchers. Funds are available for a period of 2 years for Master’s by research or 3 years for Doctorate by research. The application intakes are generally around July-October.
- The Endeavour Postgraduate Award provides complete financial support for international students for 2 to 3.5 years to pursue masters or PhD either by coursework or research in Australia in any field of study. The application intakes are generally around April and close by June.
- The Endeavour Executive Award offers professional growth opportunities of 1-4 months in Australia for achievers in business, industry, education or government from developing countries. The Awards center on building skills and knowledge through a host work environment rather than enrolling recipients in a formal study program at a host organization and are not intended to fund direct academic research. The application intakes are generally around April.
- The Australia Leadership Awards Fellowships are research, short-term study, and professional attachment programs offered by Australian organizations. The ALA Fellowships are part of a regional program that aims to develop leadership and build partnerships and linkages with developing countries. The program is meant for those who are already leaders or have the potential to take up leadership roles that can influence socio-economic policy reform and development outcomes.
- The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Postgraduate scholarship program provides opportunities in science and engineering for exceptional students who enroll at any Australian tertiary institution as a full-time postgraduate student for research leading to a PhD.
- The Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships from Rotary Foundation of Rotary International provide funds for an academic year of study in Australia. This fund is meant to help pay costs related to round-trip transportation, course fees, and living costs, and is a flat grant amount of AU$27,000 for bachelors or masters or PhD in research or coursework.
- Mostly, scholarships and grants provided by the International government and non-governmental organizations are in the form of no-interest or interest-free loans to assist International students to study abroad. The International National Science Academy accepts applications from outstanding International Researchers and Senior Professional Scientists who have regular positions in International recognized S&T Institutions/Universities and actively engaged in research in frontline areas in all fields of Science & Technology, including Agriculture and Medicine.
- The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) allows Australian researchers from public and private sectors to contribute to leading-edge scientific research projects and workshops with International scientists and support the progress of strategic alliances between Australian and International researchers.
- The Postgraduate Merit Scholarship is awarded by the University Grants Commission to students pursuing a PG first-year regular non-professional degree course in any renowned university or post-graduate college. The application intake deadline is in October.
- The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt of India, offers the “Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana” (KVPY) program, which was started in 1999, encouraging students of Basic Sciences to take up research careers in Science.