Join a network of leaders through an Australia Awards Scholarship

To develop opportunities for collaboration with the next generation of talented Indian business and community leaders, the Australian Government launched Australia Awards Scholarships for India in 2019. From the 2020 academic year, Masters-level Scholarships will be offered to high-performing Indian graduate students to study at one of Australia’s world-class universities.

Australia Awards Scholarships are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government. Through a program of Masters course study and in-Australia enrichment activities designed to develop leadership potential, recipients gain the skills and knowledge to drive change in their chosen field.

Applicants must be nominated by their institution to be considered for Australia Awards Scholarships for Masters-level study. Participating institutions may nominate up to four candidates (two females, two males). Applicants will be assessed on their academic excellence, leadership potential and personal qualities.

Participating institutions are encouraged to nominate people with disability and people from other traditionally marginalised groups.

Nominated candidates must identify two preferred courses on their application form. Applicants invited to an interview will be required to submit valid English language test scores.

Applications for study commencing in 2020 are now closed. Applications for study commencing in 2021 will open early in 2020. 

Applications will only be accepted from candidates nominated by specific target institutions.

Prior to contacting the Australia Awards – India team, applicants must become familiar with the complete eligibility and selection criteria available on this website close to the application opening date.

What are Australia Awards?

Australia Awards are prestigious international Scholarships, Fellowships and Short Courses funded by the Australian Government. Australia Awards equip recipients with the skills and knowledge to drive change.

All recipients of Australia Awards become part of the Australia Global Alumni network, connecting them to Australia and to each other — building an engaged and influential global network of leaders and advocates.

An important area of focus for Australia Awards is the empowerment of women and the inclusion of people with disability and individuals from disadvantaged social groups.

What are Australia Awards Scholarships?

Australia Awards Scholarships are long-term awards administered by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. They aim to contribute to the 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 institutions.

For more information about Australia Awards, visit https://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/australia-awards/Pages/australia-awards-scholarships.aspx

What benefits are provided?

Australia Awards Scholarships 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. Benefits include full tuition fees, return airfares, contribution to living expenses and medical insurance. Please check the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook for detailed information about Scholarship benefits and entitlements.

Scholarship conditions

Applicants who want to accept an Australia Awards Scholarship will need to sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring that they will comply with the conditions of the Australia Awards Scholarship. Scholars are required to leave Australia for a minimum of two years after completing their studies.



Please be wary of false advertising and scams. Only refer to this website’s resources and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website here for information regarding the application process for Australia Awards Scholarships. No money is paid for an Australia Awards opportunity at any stage of the process.