Australia Awards Scholarships is now open and accepting applications from the students of participating countries.  Australia Awards are prestigious international Scholarships and Fellowships funded by the Australian Government. They offer an opportunity for the next generation of global leaders to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia, and for high-achieving Australians to do the same overseas.
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, particularly those countries located in the Indo-Pacific region, 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.

Host Country:
  • Australia
Host Department:
  • Australia Awards Scholarships are long term development awards administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Course Level:
Awards Value:

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 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 awardees 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 awardees and Master by coursework which has a research component where fieldwork is compulsory component)—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.
Eligibility Criteria:


Note: The below eligibility criteria is for Pakistani Students only.  Students from the other countries  must check the open and close dates for your country, and select your country of citizenship/residency from the list of participating countries for specific information on eligibility, priority areas and how to apply. See the participating country page for opening and closing dates.

You are eligible if you:

  • are a Pakistani citizen currently residing in Pakistan for at least the past 24 months
  • have not applied for and are not 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.)
  • are able to provide a Police Security Clearance Certificate at the time of visa application
  • do not hold another scholarship
  • have not held a foreign scholarship in the 24 months preceding the application (calculated from the date of arrival back in Pakistan to the closing date for receipt of applications)
  • are applying to commence a new course of study and not seeking support for a course already commenced in Australia (ongoing study programs will not be supported)
  • are able to take up the Scholarship in the year for which it is offered
  • have outlined a case that is clear about your objectives and motivation to make a contribution to development in Pakistan
  • apply for courses that fall within the priority development sectors identified for Pakistan
  • satisfy the admission requirements of the Australian tertiary institution and the course to be undertaken
  • are applying for a Master’s degree-level course
  • have completed 16 years of education
  • are not above 45 years of age at the time of submitting the application form
  • have at least five years of work experience in the field in which you are applying. Internships and volunteer work will not be considered as work experience
  • submit a Development Impact Plan (DIP) that clearly articulates how the proposed field of study could add value to improving the level and standard of service delivery, particularly in the priority development sectors and in promoting pro-poor development
  • are able to demonstrate the ability to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements for the Scholarship at the time of application. The accepted English language tests are International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), undertaken at the candidate’s own expense. The requirements are:
    • an IELTS Academic score with an overall band of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
    • a TOEFL paper-based test overall score of at least 580, with a minimum of 4.5 in the test of written English; or a TOEFL internet-based test score of at least 92, with a minimum of 21 in all subtests
    • a PTE Academic overall score of 58, with no communicative skill score less than 50

      OR

    • if you are a person with a disability and meet the eligibility criteria, you may submit an application without providing an IELTS / TOEFL / PTE Academic score. If shortlisted, you will be required to undertake an English Language Proficiency test arranged by Australia Awards Pakistan.

For information about IELTS test dates in your city, please contact Australian Education Office (AEO) or British Council Pakistan. British Council Pakistan is now conducting IELTS test in Quetta.

You are NOT eligible if you :

  • are married to, engaged to, or a de facto of a person who holds, or is eligible to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency, at any part of the application, selection or mobilisation phases
  • are currently serving military personnel
  • hold permanent residency in Australia or are applying for a visa to live in Australia permanently

have held an Australia Awards Scholarship or a foreign scholarship in the 24 months preceding the application (calculated from the date of arrival back in Pakistan to the closing date for receipt of applications).
Detailed information on the Eligibility Criteria can be found in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook.

How to Apply:

Before you apply:

  • Check the open and close dates for your country, and select your country of citizenship/residency from the list of participating countries for specific information on eligibility, priority areas and how to apply. See the participating country page for opening and closing dates.
  • If you intend to apply, you must read the Scholarships Policy Handbook. The handbook provides information including general eligibility requirements, selection processes, entitlements and awardee responsibilities. Note that the department may revise and update the handbook at any time without notice.
  • Some countries encourage and allow you to apply online (only open until 30 April 2016) while others require hard-copy applications. See your participating country profile for more information. Click here for information about the application process.

Once you have checked the opening and closing dates for your country, refer to the Participating Country Profile to see which method of application they will accept.

Application Deadline:
  • Deadline for South and West Asia is 30th April, 2018. Check the open and close dates for your country, and select your country of citizenship/residency from the list of participating countries. For more information please click on the official link given at the end of page.


Note: Before submitting an application for an Australia Awards Scholarship, applicants MUST read both the Scholarships Policy Handbook and the Pakistan Country Profile.
All details about Australia Awards Scholarships are contained in the Handbook. Pakistan-specific information is contained in the Country Profile.


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