Scholarships in Australia for International Students

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Scholarships in Australia for International Students

The Australian government and Australian Universities have made provisions for fully funded and partly funded scholarships in Australia for international students who have intentions to study in the country. These scholarships are available for bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degree levels.

Most of the scholarships offered are for students with high academic performance and most scholarships also cover tuition fees, living costs, health care, airfares, etc.  Below is the list of the scholarships and when to apply for them.

Australian Government Scholarships

Australian Award Scholarship

This is also known as the AAS scholarship. It is provided for international students whose country name is provided on the Australian Award council, this means that students from these countries are eligible for the scholarship.

This scholarship is fully funded, and the application process is open on a yearly basis. The application for 2023/2024 commenced in February 2022 and lasted till May 2022.

With this scholarship, international students can apply for any scholarship in Australia. International Students who have intentions of studying in Australia are advised to apply online for this scholarship.

This scholarship is based on the academic performance of students and is a very competitive scholarship. Thus, it is usually gotten by the best of all students.

Research Training Scholarship

This is a fully funded Australian scholarship for local and international students with intention of studying for a research-based Masters and Ph.D. program in Australia.

The Research Training program is a research experience scholarship in which students are accepted based on their research experience and academic performance but students without research experience can also apply provided they have research potential.

Forty-two Australian higher educational institutions have a partnership agreement with the Research Training program and they offer students monthly stipends and tuition fee waivers.

This is a yearly scholarship that usually begins around the month of August every year. The continuity of the tuition fee waiver and monthly stipends is highly dependent on academic performance.

Destination Australia Scholarship

This scholarship is fully funded by the Australian government for international students. The Australian government department of Education is fully funding this scholarship in alignment with the National Strategy for International Education 2025.

Like most scholarships, the eligibility of this scholarship is mostly dependent on academic performance.

This scholarship is open to students who are applying for a degree level in bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and it is mostly offered to agricultural sciences and mathematics students. Students who are qualified for this scholarship will study at UQ’s Gatton campus for the duration of the scholarship period.

The application for this scholarship is usually open from November of each year and closes in January of the following year. 

Australian Universities Scholarships

Sydney University Scholarship

This is a scholarship offered to international students by Sydney University. It is a fully funded scholarship that covers tuition fees and the cost of accommodation.

This scholarship is based on academic excellence in the Bachelor’s degree result. Masters and Ph.D. students with a great interest in conducting research are qualified for this scholarship.

The application process for the Sydney University scholarship is open all year round. International students applying for this scholarship should ensure that they’ve already been offered admission by Sydney university as this is one of the eligibility criteria. 

Macquarie Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship

This is a partly funded scholarship by Macquarie university to international students. This scholarship settles part of the tuition fees of international students. It does not cover accommodation, air fees, or any other study or living expenses.

Applicants for this scholarship must meet the English requirements of Macquarie university and they must have already been offered admission by the university before applying for this scholarship.

The Macquarie Scholarship is awarded on merit and is based on a student’s academic excellence. It is offered to students who are interested in applying for bachelor’s or master’s degree programs.

This scholarship is available for all international students except students from New Zealand.

Griffith Remarkable Scholarship

This is a scholarship offered by Griffith university to international students. This is a partly funded scholarship that settles 50% of the tuition fees of the students.

The scholarship is open to all international students except students from New Zealand. The application for the scholarship is based on the school’s trimester, and it can be applied for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3.

However, only students who are already enrolled at Griffith University are eligible for this scholarship. The award of this scholarship is based on the first Trimester’s results for the Trimester 2 application.

The scholarship is for full-time students who are undergraduates or postgraduates. The application is usually within April and August depending on the trimester.

Melbourne International Undergraduate Scholarship

The University of Melbourne offers undergraduate scholarships to international students. This is a fully funded scholarship by the university based on academic excellence.

It covers the tuition fees of the students depending on their academic performance. For excellent students, the scholarship covers 100% tuition fees from the first year to the fourth year, while it covers 100% tuition fees for the first year and 50% tuition fees for the remaining 3 years, for average students.

The eligibility criteria for this scholarship is a high academic performance in high school or GCE results.

Note that this scholarship is for students who are already enrolled at Melbourne university. No application is required, as students are picked randomly for the scholarship depending on their academic performance.

Melbourne International Graduate Scholarship

The University of Melbourne also offers scholarships to graduate students from international countries. This scholarship cuts across different countries except for Australia and New Zealand.

This scholarship is for students undergoing master’s program by research degree or a doctorate degree. It is a fully funded scholarship that covers tuition fees for a duration of two years for students taking Masters by Research Degree programs, and four years for students undergoing Doctorate degree programs.

It covers the accommodation cost, and relocation grants for students who will have to live in Australia throughout the duration of their studies. It also covers the Overseas Students Health Cover(OSHC), which means that international students benefiting from this scholarship have access to free healthcare.

This scholarship is for new students or those who applied for a graduate research course at the university.

Adelaide Global Academic Excellence Scholarship

This is a partly funded scholarship offered to international students by the University of Adelaide. It is for students from all countries except Australia and New Zealand.

This scholarship provides 50% tuition fees to eligible students. It is open to both undergraduates and postgraduate students. There is no separate application for this scholarship as the scholarship is awarded to students of the University of Adelaide who meets the required criteria.

This scholarship is awarded based on the academic performance of students. This means the scholarship will be based on the student’s CGPA for both the commencing undergraduates and postgraduates.

Flinders International Postgraduates Scholarship

The University of Finders offers the Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) Scholarship to international students who are interested in applying for the research program in the university.

It is a full-time postgraduates scholarship for research master’s degree and research doctorate degree programs. It is a fully funded scholarship that covers tuition fees, accommodation costs, health care, relocation allowance, and airfare.

The duration of the scholarship is 2 years for a masters degree program and 3 years for a Doctorate degree program. It is for students who already have a Bachelor’s degree from an Australian university or students who are new in Australia.

Charles Darwin University Vice-Chancellor’s International High Achievers Scholarship

Charles Darwin University offers scholarships to international students who have the intention of studying in the university. It is a full-time scholarship for undergraduates and postgraduates. It is a partly funded scholarship that covers 25% or 50% of the tuition fees. Accomodation cost, health care, airfare and other expenses is covered by the students.

his scholarship is based on the academic performance of the students. The students who are eligible for application are students who are already enrolled in the university or have applied for admission into the university. 

The beneficiaries of this scholarship must not have any other scholarship in Australia. 

University of New South Wales International Scholarship

University of New South Wales (UNSW) has made provision for scholarships for international students. These scholarships are of two different types which are: International Scientia Coursework and Australia’s Global University Award.

The International Scientia Coursework is a fully funded scholarship that pays the students’ tuition fees from the first year to their fourth year of study. While Australia’s Global University award gives a huge amount of money that covers the tuition fees for students for their first year.

Applicants for these scholarships must be new students in both the undergraduates and postgraduates in the university. For the International Scientia Coursework scholarship, academic excellence is the highest considered criteria.

The students who are applying for this category of scholarship should be well vested in leadership skills, and extracurricular activities in accompaniment with the high academic performance.

Conclusion

The Australian government values education, and as such, they have provided sholarsship opportunities to international students who desire a high-standard education.

Applying for any of these scholarships will require you meet certain criteria. However, when applying for scholarships funded by individual universities, it is required that you are already enrolled as a student in the university.

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