There’s no argument that studying in Australia can be very expensive for international students. What makes it so appealing is that the quality of the education here is of such a high standard. Plus, the country itself is an attractive reason to study here.
So how can you ease the financial burden of this goal? Scholarships are offered to international students who show particular merit and academic or sporting excellence. But how do you apply for one? Stick around as we have the information you’re looking for.
In general, international student scholarships to study in Australia are offered by the Federal Government to students from developing countries. Inability to pay for an education should not be a deterrent for great minds and academic talents that could tragically miss out on a University degree.
These scholarships cover 100 per cent of the tuition fees, return air travel, money for living expenses and an allowance to become established in Australia. The main condition is that once the student has completed their studies, they must return to their home country for at least two years.
These particular scholarships are not available to Australian citizens or permanent residents and they are only offered to students aged 18 or over.
Students can apply for a scholarship for professional development or research for up to one year. For postgraduate study such as a PhD or Masters degree, you can apply for a scholarship of one to four years. If you are seeking Vocational Education and Training for a diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree, you can also apply for a one-to-four-year scholarship.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade administers Australia Awards Scholarships to people from developing countries, and in particular, those from the Indo-Pacific region. Countries included are: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia, as well as some Palestinian Territories.
These scholarships enable students to undertake full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating TAFE (Technical and Further Education) institutions and Australian Universities. Full tuition, return air travel and an establishment allowance are provided and a Contribution to Living Expenses (CLE) payment is made fortnightly. In the case of these awards too, graduates must return to their home country for at least two years upon completion of their course.
Aside from Government grants, Australian Universities have their own scholarship programs. We’ll cover some of the main ones below but be sure to check with Universities you’re considering to see if they offer a scholarship.
What used to be known as the International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) program is now known as the Research Training Program (RTP). It is basically a pool of funding provided by the Federal government to support students who are undertaking Research Masters and Research Doctorate degrees. International students must apply through their chosen University’s postgraduate research office.
High-achieving female researchers from APEC economies are invited to apply for an Australia APEC Women in Research Fellowship. Its aim is to encourage female post-doctorate researchers to study outside of their own country and to raise the profile of female role models in STEM subjects.
The Australian Sports Academy (ASA) offers part-scholarships to international students to save them up to 20 percent of the full tuition fee. Scholarships are offered for a Certificate level of study and do not cover OSHC.
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