How to Apply for Scholarships in Australian Universities

Australia is one of most favorite destination for international students. There are many international students who are interested in gaining a scholarship to support their study in Australia. The Australian government and many Australian educational institutes provide scholarships and grants to support students financially in their studies. These scholarships are available for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. This article will list some of the major scholarships and explain how to apply for these scholarships.

Key Areas Covered

1. How to Apply for Scholarships in Australian Universities
     – Procedure, Steps, Applications
2. What are Some Major Australian Scholarships
    – Scholarships Offered by Government and Universities

How to Apply for Scholarships in Australian Universities

How to Apply for Scholarships in Australian Universities

1. Start Researching

Make a list of scholarships that interest you, including their benefits, application requirement and deadlines

2. Check your Eligibility

Make sure that you fulfill all the necessary requirements. Some scholarships are only available for people from certain countries while some others may be available for certain fields only. Some scholarships have additional requirements such as submission of essays while some others have strict terms and conditions. So, make sure that you have fulfilled all the requirements

3. Get Ready

Ensure that you have all the required documentation. These may include academic transcripts, letters of reference, and other certificates. You may have to get these certificates translated and certified if they are in your local language.

4. Prepare your Application

Prepare your application as instructed by the scholarship providers. Review your application. If English is not your first language, get someone who speaks fluent English to review it.

Note that some scholarships do not require applications; you are automatically considered for the scholarship when you apply for the course.

How to Apply for Scholarships in Australian Universities

5. Apply 

After reviewing your application carefully, submit it with the required documentation. Don’t just apply for one course or one scholarship; apply for as many scholarships as possible. This will increase your chance of getting selected.

To make the first step of the above process easier, we have given some scholarships that will support your studies in Australia.

What are Some Major Australian Scholarships

The Australian Government and various Australian universities offer a large number of scholarships and grants that can help support you financially with your studies in Australia. Given below is some information about scholarships offered by the government and educational institutions.

Scholarships Offered by Australian Government

Australia Awards – for students from developing countries, especially the countries located in the Indo-Pacific region, to study full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions. The scholarship includes benefits such as full tuition, return air travel, establishment allowance, contribution to living expenses, Overseas Student Health Cover, etc. Get more details here.

Endeavour Postgraduate Awards – offers full financial support for students to obtain a postgraduate qualification at a Masters or PhD level in any field. The scholarship includes tuition fees, monthly stipend, establishment allowance, travel allowance and health and travel insurance. Get more details here.

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) – offers students an opportunity to undertake a postgraduate research qualification in Australia. This offer includes tuition fees and health care coverage. Two years are offered for a Masters Research degree and three years are offered for a Doctorate Research degree. Get more details here.

You can know more details about government scholarships here.

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Scholarships Offered by Australian Universities

Given below is a list of some scholarships offered by various Australian universities. Many of these scholarships are available to students of all nationalities, but conditions are set by the institution offering the scholarship and applications have to be submitted directly to the scholarship provider.





University of Sydney International Research Scholarships

University of Sydney 

 Postgraduate Research Degree or Master’s by Research

Tuition fees and living allowance for up to three years

Melbourne Research Scholarships

University of Melbourne 

 Postgraduate Research Degree or Master’s by Research

Full fee offset, living allowance, relocation allowance and Overseas Student Health Cover

Melbourne International Undergraduate Scholarships


University of Melbourne 

Undergraduate degree

One off $10,000 fee remission from tuition fees in the first year; or

50% remission from tuition fees for the normal full-time duration; or

100% remission from tuition fees for the normal full-time duration 

Adelaide Scholarships International

University of Adelaide

Masters degree by Research and Doctoral research degree

Tuition fees, living allowance, and Overseas Student Health Cover 

Macquarie University International Scholarships

Macquarie University

Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees in Engineering, Environment, Human Science, Media, Linguistics, and Education fields

Partial tuition fee – the amount is varied up to AUD$10,000

 You have to contact the scholarship provider directly to know more details and to find out if you are eligible.

Many other Australian universities, as well as other private institutes and organizations, provide scholarships to international students. You can find about these scholarships through university websites and other scholarship search engines.

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