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Scholarships to International Students in Australia

Think of Australia, and one is bound to imagine beautiful and endless coastlines, exotic wildlife, pleasant weather and friendly folks. It is a country that remains on top of the list for tourists as well as for international students. For such appealing reasons, other than the world-class education it offers, students prefer to pursue their higher education in Australia.

Each year, about 230,000 international students opt for higher studies in Australia, with about 90,000 graduates. Moreover, as per the Economic Times reports, there has been a 39% growth, with 107,673 students enrolled to study in 2018-19 – suggesting that study in Australia for Indian students is one of the most sought-after options.

Australia offers many public scholarships for international students. The amount of aid varies depending on the number of students applying for a particular course. However, it is best to first check through the University of your choice.

Fortunately, our study abroad consultants provide you with end-to-end assistance in deciding the right university for you with the ideal scholarships that you can apply for.

Let’s begin with the following list of skills you need to showcase while applying for a scholarship:

  • Consistently strong academic record and test scores

  • Leadership qualities demonstrated through teamwork; leading school or college in organising events; an acumen to work under high-pressure situations; and time management skills

  • Excellent writing skills to communicate your strengths and stronghold in the subject articulately.

  • Affinity towards volunteering work and community services

  • Strong letters of recommendation from teachers and supervisors

One of the most crucial parts of a scholarship application is the personal statement which introduces your personality, strengths, goals and inclinations to the admission committee. While it can be tedious to weigh and pick the right set of virtues from your background.

Most Prestigious Scholarships for International Students in Australia -


Australia Awards Scholarships

Australia Awards Scholarships, formerly known as Australian Development Scholarships (ADS), are long term development awards administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 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. The scholarship benefits generally include: full tuition fees, return air travel, establishment allowance, contribution to living expenses (CLE), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC),  etc.

Destination Australia Scholarships

The Australian Government offers the Destination Australia scholarship program, which aims to support both Australian and international students to study in regional Australia. Over 1000 scholarships of $15,000 are provided per year to support the study and living expenses associated with studying a Certificate IV to Doctorate level qualification at a regional campus of an eligible University in Australia.

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

The IPRS program enables international students to undertake a postgraduate research qualification in Australia and gain experience with leading Australian researchers.  The scholarships are available for a period of two years for a Masters by research degree or three years for a Doctorate by research degree.  The scholarship covers tuition fees and health cover costs.

University-specific scholarships to study in Australia

University of Sydney International Research Scholarships

The University of Sydney invites candidates eligible to undertake a Postgraduate Research Degree or Master’s by Research program at this University to apply for the University of Sydney International Research Scholarship (USydIS). The USydIS will cover tuition fees and living allowance for up to three years with a possibility of one semester’s extension for PhD students.

Macquarie University International Scholarships

The Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship provides a partial tuition fee scholarship for outstanding students to study for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Macquarie University North Ryde campus. The scholarship amount can vary up to AUD$10,000.

Griffith Remarkable Scholarships

Griffith University is making available the Griffith Remarkable Scholarship for exceptional students applying for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework studies at Griffith University. The scholarship covers 50% of tuition fees; hence the students are exempted from paying that amount from tuition fees for the duration of the program.

University of Melbourne Graduate Research Scholarships

Established by the University of Melbourne, The Graduate Research Scholarship is awarded to high achieving domestic and international research students.  The scholarship benefits include tuition fee waiver, living allowance, relocation grant, and overseas student health cover.

Adelaide Global Excellence Scholarships for International Students

The University of Adelaide Global Academic Excellence International Scholarship is a highly competitive award that rewards international students commencing undergraduate and postgraduate coursework who have demonstrated academic excellence in previous studies. The scholarship covers 50% of the tuition fees.

Flinders International Postgraduate Scholarships

Flinders International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (FIPRS) are awarded to suitably qualified applicants to pursue a full-time research higher degree at Flinders University – up to two years for a Research Master's degree and up to three years for a Research Doctorate.  The scholarship covers the international student tuition fees, living allowance, establishment allowance, relocation costs and airfares.

Charles Darwin University Vice-Chancellor’s International High Achievers Scholarships

Charles Darwin University offers a limited number of 25-50% tuition fee scholarships to international students who have a record of academic excellence and high achievement. This scholarship is for students seeking to commence an Undergraduate or Postgraduate coursework degree at CDU.

UNSW International Scholarships

UNSW offers a wide range of Scholarships and Awards to support International undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students commencing full-time study at UNSW. The scholarships may provide full or partial tuition fee payment, while others offer a stipend to assist with the costs associated with your studies

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