Australia Awards

The Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships funded by the Australian Government and administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) that aim to contribute to the long term development needs of Australia's partner countries, in line with bilateral and regional agreements.

The Awards strive to develop leadership potential and stimulate lasting change by empowering a global network of talented individuals through high-quality education experiences in Australia and overseas. Recipients of these awards return home with new ideas and knowledge, and the ability to make a significant contribution to their home countries as leaders in their field.

#1 university for overall Employment* and student support* - Federation University's the ideal place for you to take up an Australia Award Scholarship and learn to succeed.

Choose Federation University

  • There's a program to suit you. We offer over a wide range of programs with flexible degree structures (Browse Course Finder)
  • All the support you need. At Federation University we understand that starting your life as a university student is exciting, but that it also involves change with some challenges along the way. Read about the student-focused programs we have developed with specific support needs in mind.
  • Experience community-based uni life. As one of Australia's largest regional universities, Federation University has the advantage of being deeply embed in the community. There are opportunities for students to make lifelong contacts and friends by getting involved in clubs, societies and sporting teams. Check out the Multicultural student guide.
  • Small class sizes. Our class sizes are smaller than most metropolitan institutions, meaning you can receive one-to-one assistance directly from your lecturer or tutor.

*Source: The Good Uni Guide 2021

Australia Awards are offered for the minimum period necessary for recipients to complete the academic program specified by the institution, including any preparatory training.

The following benefits generally apply:

  • Full tuition fees.
  • Return air travel - payment of single return, economy class airfare to and from Australia.
  • 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) - a fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses paid at a rate determined by DFAT.
  • Introductory Academic Program (IAP) - a compulsory 4-6 week program prior to commencing 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 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 (research students only) - One return economy class airfare - may be available for research students via the most direct route to their country of citizenship or within Australia.

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 scholarship.

Awardees are required to leave Australia for a minimum of two years after completing their scholarship. Failure to do so will result in the awardee incurring a debt for the total accrued cost of their scholarship.

Visit  the Australia Awards website for further information on how to apply in your country.

Scholarships and Alumni Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australia Awards participating country contact details
Please click here for complete list of participating countries and associated contact details

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (General enquiries)
Address: R.G. Casey Building, John McEwan Crescent, Barton. ACT 0221 Australia
Phone: +61 2 6261 1111
Fax: +61 2 6261 3111

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