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Australia Awards Scholarships

Australia Awards Scholarships

Australia Awards Scholarships

About Australia Awards Scholarships

Australia Awards Scholarships are long term development awards administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

They aim to contribute to the long term development needs of Australia’s partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements.

They provide opportunities for people from developing countries to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions.

The study and research opportunities provided by Australia Awards Scholarships develop skills and knowledge of individuals to drive change and contribute to the development outcomes of their own country.

Awards benefits

The Awards are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian higher education institution, including any preparatory training. The following benefits generally apply:

  • Full tuition fees.
  • Return air travel—payment of a single return, economy class airfare to and from Australia, via the most direct route.
  • Establishment allowance—a once only payment of A$5,000 as a contribution towards as accommodation expenses, text books, study materials.
  • Contribution to Living Expenses (CLE) is a fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses paid at a rate determined by the department. From 1 January 2013, CLE payable to Scholars studying under an ADS is A$30,000 per year.
  • Introductory Academic Program (IAP)—a compulsory 4-6 week program prior to the commencement of formal academic studies covering information on life and study in Australia.
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of the award (for award holder only)—provided to cover the student’s basic medical costs (with the exception of pre existing conditions).
  • Pre-course English (PCE) fees—if deemed necessary PCE may be available for students for in-country and/or in-Australia training.
  • Supplementary Academic Support may be available to ensure a Scholar’s academic success or enhance their academic experience.
  • Fieldwork (for research students only)—may be available for eligible research students for one return economy class airfare via the most direct route to their country of citizenship or within Australia.

Award conditions

Applicants who want to accept an Australia Awards Scholarship will need to sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring that they will comply with the conditions of the scholarship.

Awardees are required to leave Australia for a minimum of two years after completing their scholarship. Failure to do so will result in the awardee incurring a debt for the total accrued cost of their scholarship.

Supplementary programs

Australia Awards Leadership Program

Up to 200 outstanding Australia Awards Scholarship recipients across the globe will be offered a place in the Australia Awards Leadership Program in addition to their scholarship.

The program brings awardees together in Australia for leadership training, development discussions and the chance to build valuable networks.

The Australia Awards Leadership Program is supplementary to the Australia Awards Scholarships.

Allison Sudradjat Prize

The top Australia Award Scholarship recipients from Indonesia and PNG may also be eligible to receive an Allison Sudradjat Prize.

Allison Sudradjat Prize—Guidelines [PDF 77kb]
Allison Sudradjat Prize—Guidelines [Word 400kb]

Prime Minister’s Pacific Program

The Prime Minister’s Pacific Program (PMPP) is offered to recipients of an Australia Awards Scholarship from the Pacific, Papua New Guinea and East Timor, who are leaders or potential leaders in their country.

The program provides a combination of work placements and leadership training to build on awardees’ academic experience. The aims of the program are to:

  • assist nation building through strengthening institutional capacity and leadership in the Pacific and East Timor
  • build strong and abiding links between people in Australia and countries in the Pacific.

Australia Awards Scholarships

Australia Awards Scholarships in Pakistan 2014

Australia Awards Scholarships In Pakistan 2014

Australia Awards Scholarships in Pakistan 2014

Australia Awards Scholarships

Australia Awards Scholarships aim to:

  • develop capacity and leadership skills so that individuals can contribute to development in Pakistan
  • build people-to-people linkages at the individual, institutional and country levels.

Eligibility Criteria

Country Specific Eligibility Criteria

in addition to the general eligibility criteria, candidates from Pakistan must also meet the following country specific eligibility criteria:


  • be able to identify themselves under one of the four profiles and meet profile specific requirements;
  • be a Pakistani citizen currently residing in Pakistan for at least 24 months;
  • not have applied or be entitled to permanent residency or citizenship in Australia or New Zealand;
  • satisfy Australian Government requirements for international student visas for entry to Australia (health, character etc.);
  • be able to provide a Police Security Clearance certificate at the time of Visa application;
  • not hold another scholarship;
  • not have held a foreign scholarship in the 24 months preceding the application (24 months are calculated from the date of arrival back in Pakistan to the closing date for receipt of applications);
  • be applying to commence a new course of study and not be seeking support for a course already commenced in Australia (on-going study programs will not be supported);
  • be able to take up the scholarship in the year for which it is offered;
  • have outlined a case that is clear about their objectives and motivation to make a contribution to development in Pakistan;
  • apply for courses that fall within the priority areas;
  • satisfy the admission requirements of the Australian tertiary institution and the course to be undertaken;
  • have relevant academic background to proposed study in Australia;
  • be applying for a Masters level course;
  • have completed 16 years of education;
  • have at least two years of work experience after 16 years of education in the field in which they are applying. Volunteer work experience will be considered but internships will not be considered as work experience;
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements for the Scholarship. The accepted English language tests are IELTS or TOEFL. Current English test scores is not a requirement for application; however candidates successful in preliminary screening and having no current score; will be required to take IELTS test. Successful applicants are encouraged to start preparing for the test.

i) The following scores are required:

a) IELTS: Overall 6.5 with no band less than 6. Successful applicants are encouraged to start preparing for the IELTS test

b) A paper-based TOEFL overall score of at least 580, with a minimum of 4.5 in the test of written English or an internet-based TOEFL score of at least 92, with a minimum of 21 in all subtests

  • Not be more than 45 years of age at the closing date of application.

Special conditions

Applicants must also meet the following country specific conditions:

  • Applicants are encouraged to select only one option of applying either online or hard copy
  • For masters by research degree, applicants must provide the outline of the research proposal (up to 1000 words), and
  • Please submit only one set of application form and supporting documents if applying in a hard copy.

Note: Provision of false or falsified documents at any stage of the scholarship cycle will render the applicant ineligible or be grounds for scholarship offer withdrawal. 

Application Deadline: 21 Mar 2014

Australia Awards Scholarships are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government to the next generation of global leaders for development. Through study and research, recipients develop the skills and knowledge to drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links with Australia.

Applicants will be assessed for their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential to impact on development challenges in Pakistan.

Applications are strongly encouraged from women, people with disability and people from the following focus areas— Balochistan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

Australia Awards Scholarships In Pakistan 2014

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