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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.

About Australia Awards

What are Australia Awards?

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.

What are Australia Awards Scholarships?

Australia Awards Scholarships are long-term development awards administered by the Australian Government’s 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.

Which Australian institutions (universities) participate in Australia Awards Scholarships?

Australia Awards Scholarship recipients are accepted by most Australian universities, but not all. A list of participating institutions for the upcoming Australia Awards Scholarships for study commencing in 2019 is available here.    

What benefits are provided as part of Australia Awards Scholarships?

The Awards are offered for the minimum period (not exceeding 24 months) 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 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, etc.)
  • Contribution to Living Expenses (a fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses paid at a rate determined by DFAT)
  • Introductory Academic Program (a compulsory 4–6 week program before the commencement of formal academic studies, covering information on life and study in Australia)
  • Overseas Student Health Cover for the duration of the award (for award holder only) (provided to cover the student’s basic medical costs).
  • Supplementary academic support may also be available to ensure a Scholar’s academic success or enhance their academic experience.

Please check the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook for a detailed discussion about Scholarship benefits and entitlements.