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Australia Awards Scholarships

2022/2023 Australia Awards Scholarships

2021/2022 Australia Awards Scholarships

2022/2023 Australia Awards Scholarships

About Australia Awards Scholarships


Australia Awards aim to promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and our neighbours through Australia’s extensive scholarship programs. The initiative aims to build a new generation of global leaders with strong links to Australia.
Australia Awards are the flagship of the Australian development cooperation program and are an important component of Australia’s investment in education. Scholarships have been an important component of the Australian Government’s efforts to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development since the 1950s. They offer long- and short-term study and professional development opportunities to citizens from developing countries around the globe. They aim to provide enhanced leadership, knowledge and technical skills to partner governments, tertiary institutions and strategic organisations that are driving sustainable development.
They aim to:

  • develop capacity and leadership skills so that recipients can contribute to development in their home countries
  • build people-to-people linkages at the individual, institutional and country levels.

In Africa, the Australian Government offers scholarships and fellowships under Australia Awards for African professionals to undertake long-term studies leading to a postgraduate degree and short-term training leading to the acquisition of new skills and knowledge. Long-term awards include Australia Awards Scholarships to undertake Masters-level studies in Australian universities. In addition, opportunities are also available for short-term training through Short Courses and Australia Awards Fellowships.
More information about Australia Awards can also be viewed here http://aid.dfat.gov.au/australia-awards/Pages/default.aspx.

Types of Awards

Australia Awards in Africa comprise of scholarships, short courses and fellowships that aim to support the leadership needs of African professionals as well as effectively focus training on areas most relevant to Africa’s development priorities

Australia Awards Scholarships

Scholarships for Masters studies in Australia are being offered to eligible African candidates for postgraduate studies commencing in 2019. Applications are now closed.
The following countries are eligible for Scholarships:

  1. Botswana
  2. Ghana
  3. Kenya
  4. Malawi
  5. Mauritius
  6. Madagascar
  7. Mozambique
  8. Nigeria
  9. South Africa
  10. Tanzania
  11. Zambia

To find out more information on the eligibility criteria and application process please go to your country page.
Focus sectors for Masters Awards reflect areas which have been identified as priorities by partner governments and in which Australia is recognised as having world-leading expertise and experience. Current priority sectors include: Agricultural Productivity; Extractives; and Public Policy. Click here to discover what courses are available in your area of interest, at Australian institutions.

Short Courses

Short Courses offers opportunities for short-term post-graduate training delivered in Australia and/or in Africa for up to three months. The training targets experienced employees from African public, private and non-government organisations (civil society) in the following fields: Agriculture, Extractives and Public Policy. Read more about Short Courses here.  Applications are now closed.
The following countries are eligible for Short Courses:

  1. Botswana
  2. Cameroon
  3. Cote d’Ivoire
  4. Ethiopia
  5. Ghana
  6. Kenya
  7. Malawi
  8. Mauritius
  9. Madagascar
  10. Mozambique
  11. Namibia
  12. Nigeria
  13. Rwanda
  14. Senegal
  15. Seychelles
  16. Somalia
  17. South Africa
  18. South Sudan
  19. Tanzania
  20. Uganda
  21. Zambia
  22. Zimbabwe

Please navigate to your home country on the Africa map to find out more information about Short Courses as well as information on eligibility.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

In 2018, the Australia Awards – Africa program will pilot Phase 2  of Post-Doctoral Fellowships, in partnership with the Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN). Phase 2 of the pilot will be open to Eligible Applicants affiliated to Ghanaian, Kenyan or South African Universities that are members of the AAUN.
During the pilot phase, the Post-Doctoral Fellowship provides financial support for African academics affiliated with eligible Ghanaian, Kenyan and South African university and engaged in research activity. Fellowships will be up to two years in total, comprised of research components in both Australia and Ghana, Kenya or South Africa but limited to 12 months in Australia. The Australian component of the award will be fully funded by the Australia Awards – Africa Program. Applications are now closed.
For more information on eligibility and the application process, click through to Post-Doctoral Fellowships.
Click here To Apply For 2022 / 2023 Australia Awards Scholarships

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