Studying abroad is highly regarded among students due to the numerous benefits it has when it comes to academic development and personal growth. Australia belongs in the top choices for international students and it currently encompasses over 350,000 foreign students in the higher education sector. Additionally, the Australian Government and Universities offer numerous scholarships for international students in Australia who are aiming to pursue their qualification in one of its many world-class universities.
Before we start, it is important to mention that scholarships in Australia are divided into two categories: Government Scholarships and University Scholarships. However, taking into consideration that Australian universities consistently rank among the top worldwide universities, it is a given that these scholarships are highly competitive. But, with the right qualifications, you will get there!
Here are the scholarships available for international students in Australia:
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Australian Government Scholarships for International Students
Below, you will find the scholarships offered by the Australian Government to help ambitious international students fund their studies.
Australia Awards Scholarships
Australia Awards Scholarships are long-term development awards administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. They are aimed at students from developing countries, in particular, those located in the Indo-Pacific region. More specifically, citizens coming from the participating countries in Asia, Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East are eligible to apply for these scholarships.
Students are granted the opportunity to undertake full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions. The benefits include full tuition fees, return air travel, establishment allowance, Overseas Student Health Cover, as well as contribution to living expenses.
These awards aim to give international students the skills and knowledge they need towards creating a better future for their home countries.
Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships
The Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) provides block grants to higher education providers (HEP) in Australia, in order to support domestic and international students who are undertaking higher degrees by research (HDRs) in Australia, such as Research Doctorate and Research Masters degrees.
The duration of the RTP scholarships is a maximum of two years for research masters or a minimum of three years for a research doctorate degree. The coverage of the scholarships includes one or more of the following types of support to a student:
- RTP Fees Offset. This pays for the tuition fees of a higher degree by research that a student would normally be required to pay. This means that the university equals the tuition fee applicable to the student.
- RTP Stipend. The stipend helps students manage their living expenses during their higher degree by research.
- RTP Allowances. This allowance helps students with the costs of the degree, meaning it will pay for the costs of relocation, thesis printing and academic publication costs, as well as health cover costs.
To be eligible for this scholarship, the student should be a student at an accredited HDR course of study at one of the participating Australian higher education providers.
Australian University Scholarships for International Students
Australian Universities also offer scholarships to international students who do not have the necessary financial means or resources to pursue a degree in one of the Australian universities. Listed below, you will find some of the Australian university scholarships for international students:
University of Sydney International Research Scholarships (USydIS)
Funded by the University of Sydney, this international scholarship offers tuition fees offset and stipend to international postgraduate students who want to enrol (or are already enrolled) in a research degree at the University of Sydney. This scholarship covers tuition fees as well as living expenses for a period of up to three years. To be eligible for this scholarship you must be an enrolled (or commencing) international student or have an admission offer by the university. It is a great plus if you have an exceptional academic achievement.
Applications are open throughout the year and scholarships are also granted throughout the year.
University of Melbourne Graduate Research Scholarships
These scholarships are offered by the University of Melbourne to exceptional students undertaking graduate research at this university. It is an annual scholarship program granting around 600 scholarships. The benefits of the scholarship include full fee offset for up to two years for Masters by Research students and up to four years for doctoral degree students. The benefits also include:
- Overseas Student Health Cover (for internationals on a student visa).
- Living allowance of $31,200 per year (two years for Masters by Research students, 3.5 years for doctoral students).
- Relocation grant ($2000 for students moving from States or Territories other than Victoria, and $3000 for students arriving from outside of Australia).
If you are a new student or have applied for a graduate research course, you are not required to apply for this scholarship since you will be automatically considered. Otherwise, you will have to submit an application on the university’s website.
Macquarie University International Scholarships
The Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is awarded by the university to academically excellent international students. The scholarship provides up to AUD $10,000 applied towards your tuition fee. Eligible students must come from a country other than Australia or New Zealand, they must meet the academic and English requirements for a bachelor or postgraduate degree at Macquarie University. Moreover, they must be accepted into the university, as well as achieve a minimum of WAM equivalent of 65 for postgraduate applications, and a minimum ATAR equivalent of 85 for undergraduate applications.
This scholarship is highly competitive and awarded on the basis of academic merit.
Adelaide Scholarships International
This scholarship is offered by the University of Adelaide for international students who want to commence their studies in a Masters or Doctorate degree by research at this university. The scholarship offers the following benefits:
- Tuition fee waiver (2 years for a Research Master degree, up to 3.5 years for a Doctor of Philosophy).
- Stipend (2 years for a Research Master degree, up to 3.5 years for a Doctor of Philosophy).
- Financial support for an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must meet the university’s English language proficiency requirements and must have completed at least the equivalent of a First Class Australian Honours degree.
UNSW International Scholarships
University of New South Wales offers numerous scholarships and awards for international students in undergraduate as well as postgraduate coursework, who are starting full-time study at this university. These scholarships cover full or partial tuition fees as well as provide a stipend to help with the study expenses. The selection is made on the basis of academic merit, leadership skills, extra-curricular activities, as well as an aptitude to your chosen field of study.
Flinders International Postgraduate Scholarships
The Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships are intended to support international students to undertake a research higher degree at Flinders University. These scholarships cover international student tuition fees, a living allowance, as well as an establishment allowance to cover the costs of moving and travel costs. The duration of the scholarship is 2 years for a Research Masters degree and 3 years for a Research Doctorate degree.
To be eligible for this scholarship applicants must meet the academic entry requirements set by the university. Additionally, applicants must also meet the English language proficiency requirements and must have completed the equivalent of an Australian First Class Honours degree.
ANU College of Business & Economics International Undergraduate Scholarship
The ANU College of Business and Economics offers an award (typically each year) known as ANU College of Business & Economics International Undergraduate Scholarship. This award aims to reward academic excellence by providing a discount of international tuition fees for the duration of an undergraduate program.
To be eligible for this scholarship you have to be an international student who has made an admission application to an undergraduate program at this university. Additionally, you must have high academic standing during your final years of schooling.
Bond University International Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship
Bond University offers tuition reduction scholarships to international students who are applying to study at an undergraduate level at this university. These scholarships are offered on the basis of academic merit, aiming to reward high achieving students by granting them a 50% tuition remission.
To be eligible for this scholarship you must have already received an offer from Bond University to commence an undergraduate degree as well as have excellent academic skills. Additionally, students from programs including Master of Psychology, Study Abroad and Exchange Programs, Bachelor of Medical Studies, and Doctor of Physiotherapy are not eligible to apply.