Funding in Australia

Australia has great opportunities for funding available to international students. Different government organisation based scholarships are provided by the Australian Government and Australian Universities every year, which are available to applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, programs, course duration, etc. Besides, you can be on the lookout for department or program-specific waivers, which will often be awarded based on a student's lucrative profiles.


Here are just a few of the more widely known scholarship options available to international students in Australia:

Australia awards scholarships

Australia Awards Scholarships, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), are impressive development awards for full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degrees in Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions. Students holding this scholarship benefit from minimising the cost of complete tuition fees, return air travel, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), contribution to living expenses (CLE), and many more options. Read more about Australia Awards.

International Postgraduate research scholarships (IPRS)

If you aspire to conduct research using state-of-the-art technology and world-class methodology in Australia, the IPRS program has been designed to allow you to accept a postgraduate research qualification and gain experience in your field of expertise. In this program, any awarded scholarships will remain valid for up to two years for a Masters by research degree; or up to three years for a Doctorate by research degree. This scholarship will cover:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Cost of getting an OSHC

Alongside, to find other funding options that are also available such as department, program, or university-specific scholarships, grants, or bursaries, you can find a list of the top universities scholarships here.

  • Charles Darwin University Vice-Chancellor’s International High Achievers Scholarships: 25-50% waiver on the tuition fees
  • Macquarie University International Scholarships: Up to 10,000 AUD
  • Monash University Research Training Program: Up to 29,000 AUD
  • Swinburne International Excellence Scholarships: Up to 75% of tuition fees
  • Griffith Remarkable Scholarships: 50% waiver on the tuition fees

There are also many Australian institutions that have a wide variety of scholarships for which international students can apply. Some other renowned Australian institutions that frequently give out scholarships to international students have been highlighted below:

  • University of Adelaide (Adelaide Scholarships International)
  • Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Scholarships (Undergraduate/ Postgraduate)
  • Flinders University (Flinders International Postgraduate Scholarships)
  • Deakin University

Each university usually has different policies on funding and often offers lucrative options to attract international students to study in one of their programs. If you have not been able to find a scholarship that fits your bill, you can try getting directly in touch with the Dean of your department or even a professor!

Moreover, if you have further queries and are eager to explore more funding options available to international students in Australia, contact us at PFEC Global—today!

Entry requirements for applying for a scholarship in Australia

There is a checklist of the required documents for applying for scholarships at colleges or universities in Australia.

  • Academic transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Recommendation letters
  • Proof of language proficiency (IELTS/PTE)
  • Test scores (SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT)
  • Scholarship application form

Some institutions may also require some additional documents, which can be found on their dedicated website.

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