How to Apply for Australia Awards: A Step-by-Step Guide?

Australian educational degree is dream for students around the world. The country is paradise for those who consider getting an international degree. In fact, if you are planning to study a master’s degree, then Australia has something special for you, and that is Australia Awards. Let’s look into the details of Australia Awards Scholarships and how you can apply.

What is Australia Awards?

Australia Awards is the esteemed international scholarships that provide the opportunity to earn an internationally recognised Master’s degree from a reputed Australian educational institution. This scholarship supports Master’s programs in climate change, disaster risk reduction, economic development, gender equality, disability and social inclusion, governance, inclusive education, natural resource management, and sustainable infrastructure development. The scholarship includes the necessary support and funding to complete a qualified candidate’s graduate studies.

The targeted beneficiaries for the Australia Awards are the future generation of world leaders in developing countries. Women, differently abled individuals, and other individuals from minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Benefits you get from the scholarship 

  •  Allowance on arrival
  •  Full tuition fees
  • Introductory academic program
  • Overseas student health cover (OSHC) for the scholarship duration
  • Supplementary academic support
  • Fieldwork allowance for research
  • Contribution to living expenses
  •  Return air travel


Reminder: For the year 2023, Australia Awards Scholarships 2024 Intake is now open. The last date for applying is 1 May 2023 at 23:59 AEST. 

Eligibility to get this scholarship

Qualifications and work experience

  •   4-year bachelor’s degree and a minimum 3 years of full-time work experience in the relevant field studied after the bachelor’s degree
  •  3-year bachelor’s degree and a minimum 3 years of full-time work experience in the relevant field studied after the bachelor’s degree
  •  2-year bachelor’s degree and a 2-year master’s degree with a minimum of 3 years of full-time work experience earned after the bachelor’s degree.

 English Language Test Score

  •  Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or above (with an individual band score of at least 6.0)


  • an iBT TOEFL score of at least 84 (with a minimum of 21 in all subtests)


  •  a Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score of less than 50.


For the specialised categories, the language eligibility in Academic IELTS should be over 6.0 or above (individual band at least 5.5) or an equivalent iBT TOEFL or PTE Academic test score.

How to apply for Australia Awards?

  1. Visit the website Australia Awards Nepal to know about the supplied documents.
  2. See for your eligibility in terms of qualification, work qualification, and language requirements.
  3. Research the universities and courses that can help you achieve your goals and the development needs of your country. [You might have to read about the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) carefully, as there are limited courses available to international students. ]
  4. Acquire all the required documents
  5. Submit your application on OASIS.
  6. If the applicant is proven eligible during the validation check, then you will be sent for technical assessment, then ranked and forwarded to the Australian Government for consideration.
  7. Further, the filtered candidates will be refined and shortlisted if they demonstrate clear development outcomes Nepal will benefit from after their return.
  8. Shortlisted applicants are invited to a selection interview. Applicants may have to do a written exercise and face the panel interview.

What after getting selected for the awards?

When you succeed in earning a scholarship, you will have to take preparatory training. The training will include course counselling, pre-departure briefing, the university’s introductory academic program, and other necessary preparatory study on arrival in Australia.

More questions?

For more information about the Australia Awards—Nepal, you can visit Australia Awards Nepal. Check out the Scholarships Policy Handbook for information about visas and Australia Awards scholarship entitlements and conditions.


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