Financial aid for higher studies in Australia


Students looking for financial assistance for pursuing higher studies and research in Australia have a number of scholarships, grants and fellowships to turn to, offered by the Australian Government, Commonwealth organizations, the Rotary Club and other bodies.

For students applying for higher studies in Australia, financial assistance avenues like the following can help with the completing of their studies. Many of these scholarships, fellowships and grants are offered by Australian bodies, while others are provided by Commonwealth associations and Indian organizations.


Here is a list of Australian Awards -

Australia Awards Scholarships

Funded by the Australian Government for Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees in Australia, the Australia Awards Scholarships (formerly known as the Australian Development Scholarships (ADS)) are designed primarily for international students from developing countries in the Indo-Pacific region. These scholarships generally include return air travel, full tuition fees, living expenses, accommodation allowance, OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover) and other benefits. Application deadline is usually between February and April in any year, for a course beginning in the following year.

Australian Leadership Awards (ALA)

These awards are a supplement to the Australian Awards Scholarships, and are meant for long-term Masters or doctoral level studies in Australia. The AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development) manages this competitive award scheme, and students who can demonstrate their potential for leadership roles are given preference. All study programs are encouraged, though studies in international security, climate change, pandemics and international trade are also given priority. For enquiries, contact ala@ausaid.gov.au .

Endeavor Scholarships and Fellowships

The competitive, merit-based Endeavor scholarships and fellowships are also provided to international students by the Government of Australia, for study, research and development in Australia. Applications have closed for 2016 sessions, but for 2017 sessions, applications will open in April 2016. The scholarships include:
  • Endeavor Postgraduate Awards for Australian Masters or PhD
  • Endeavor Research Fellowship for short-term Masters, PhD or post-doctoral research
  • Endeavor Vocational Education and Training (VET) Scholarship for Australian diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree
  • Endeavor Executive Fellowship for professional development

All recipients of Endeavor scholarships receive travel allowance, establishment allowance, monthly stipend and health insurance for the period of study or research. Visit https://internationaleducation.gov.au/ for more information.

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships

The IPRS funds aim at attracting quality international postgraduate students in research capacity to Australia. These funds are managed by individual universities for the Department of Education. Funds are typically provided for 2-year Master's research qualification or a 3-year doctoral research qualification. For more information, contact RBGrants@education.gov.au with "IPRS" in the subject line. Recipients of the IPRS can also apply for the APA (Australian Postgraduate Awards).

Rotary Foundation Global Scholarship Grants for Development

These scholarships are meant for students seeking scholarships in Masters or PhD programs on the following subjects - disease prevention and treatment, peace and conflict resolution and prevention, water and sanitation, basic education and literacy, maternal and child health and economic and community development. Offered by the Rotary Foundation through the Rotary Foundation Global Grant scholarships for students in any country, the grants cover tuition, travel expenses, room and board, language training and household supplies. Applicants cannot be Rotarians. More information is available at https://www.rotary.org/en/take-action/apply-grants/global-grants.

CSIRO Post Graduate Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization for full-time post graduate studies leading to a PhD in engineering and science. Students can partner with CSIRO to complete their PhD studies at Australia's leading universities, and get the chance to work with the country's top research scientists. Scholarships are awarded for periods of up to 3 years. CSIRO also helps to supplement (with top-up scholarships) APA or equivalent university awards. The CSIRO scholarships for international students are limited, since they are only awarded in cases where national skill shortage is perceived. Applications are usually accepted in October and November every year. Visit http://www.csiro.au for more information.

Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF)

The AISRF is dedicated to offering funding for Australian researchers to work with Indian scientists in cutting-edge workshops and research projects. The funding is offered for subjects under two broad areas via the:
  • Indo-Australian Science and Technology Fund
  • Indo-Australian Biotechnology Fund

The funds are co-administered by the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Biotechnology in India. The two governments together determine the priority areas where funding will be provided for each round, the next of which begins in August, 2015.



Indian applicants to the AISRF fund should refer to the Department of Science and Technology or the Department of Biotechnology websites for more information.

Besides the scholarships and grants listed above, Australian universities, Indian NGOs and governmental organizations also offer funding for meritorious students. Many Indian organizations also provide interest-free or no-interest loans for Indians who want to study abroad in Australia and elsewhere.


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