The Ultimate Guide of Australian Scholarships for International Students

There is a range of scholarships available to international students seeking to study in Australia. Eligibility for these scholarships varies, with criteria ranging from country of origin to intended area of study. This guide aims to provide a comprehensive list of scholarships available to international students who are looking to study in Australia. It looks at Australian government scholarships, available anywhere in the country, as well as scholarships that are available in each state.

For easy navigation, scholarships for each state have been grouped according to the following categories:

Level of qualification

Study area

Origin

Each of these categories is defined as follows.

Level of Qualification

Level of qualification is a common criterion for scholarships. In Australia, the level of qualification for a scholarship typically refers to one of the following:

Level of qualification

Type of qualification

Description

Undergraduate

Bachelor

A Bachelor degree is the lowest level of qualification available at university and usually requires 3 to 4 years of study. Graduates of a Bachelor degree will have a broad knowledge of their professional area and the skills required to enter their chosen field or complete further study.

Postgraduate

Bachelor honours

A Bachelor Honours is usually an additional year added to a Bachelor degree. It is likely to delve deeper into the content studied during the Bachelor degree. Depending on the structure, it may contain content subjects or a thesis component.

Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate

Graduate Diplomas or Certificates typically follow an undergraduate degree and can be in the same field of study or a different area completely. For instance, a student can complete the Bachelor degree in one field and than seek to obtain a qualification in a different field. A Graduate Diploma or Certificate allows them to do this without completing another entire Bachelor degree. It can also be used to complete further study in one’s field, usually on a particular topic of focus that allows deeper learning.

Masters

A Masters degree can only be completed after a Bachelor qualification and provides the student with knowledge and skills within a specialised area of their chosen field. In Australia, a Masters qualification can range from 1 to 4 years depending on the institution and field of study.

PhD

PhDs are the highest level of study in Australia and will provide graduates with a comprehensive understanding of a specific aspect of their field of study. The specialized area is usually complex and the student will have advanced research skills as well as a systematic understanding of the topic. A PhD typically lasts for between 3 and 4 years.

Study area

Another common criteria item for scholarships in Australia is study area. Many funding opportunities are specific to a particular field, meaning you are only eligible if you are studying a degree in that area. The main fields of study in Australia are:

There aren’t necessarily scholarships available in every single field of study, although many of the scholarships available to international students have been designed with the purpose of funding students in one of these key areas.

Government scholarships

There are three types of Australian scholarships available to international students:

  • Australia Awards
  • Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships
  • International Post Graduate Research Scholarships

Australian Awards

The Australian Awards are designed to assist students from developing countries, with specific countries from the Pacific region, Africa, the Middle East and Asia selected for participation in the program. Scholarships are awarded for study in particular areas based on the need for that field of study in the student’s country of origin. The study areas are chosen according to the development priorities of the student’s home country.

Numerous universities and other institutions across Australia participate in the program, creating a broad range of opportunities for students from developing countries. Scholarships are available for Bachelor, Masters and PhD level qualifications.  Each scholarship typically includes full tuition, accommodation, health cover, return airfares and some money for living costs.

Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship Awards

The Endeavour scholarship offers complete funding for international students to complete postgraduate study in Australia, at either the Masters or PhD level. Only students from certain countries are eligible to apply so it is worth checking the list of participating countries. Applications are to be submitted through the Endeavour website, with a hard copy submission option available on request.

This scholarship provides comprehensive funding to the individual, with tuition fees, health and travel insurance, a travel allowance, a general monthly allowance and accommodation all included. The tuition fees for selected students will cover a Masters qualification (to the value of $140,500AUD) or a PhD qualification (to the value of $272,500).

International Post Graduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

The IPRS is a scholarship available to international students who have already been admitted into an Australian university course for either a research Masters or PhD. Criteria and application process does vary slightly according to the university that you are enrolled with, so it is best to contact your institution directly for further information about selection.

IPRS scholarships offer both block grant funding or flexible funding structures. The funding typically includes cost of tuition as well as living costs, and may include additional allowances depending on the specific situation. 

Scholarships

Level of qualification

Undergraduate

Scholarship

University

Summary

Inclusions

Assessment/Selection

ACU International Student Scholarship

Australian Catholic University

Funding for undergraduate or postgraduate students with excellent academic achievement in previous studies

50% of tuition fees

Must have an offer for course at ACU and have achieved at least an 80% average in previous studies

La Trobe Academic Excellence Scholarships for International Students

La Trobe

Funding for high achieving international students accepted into a La Trobe undergraduate or postgraduate course

$10,000 -$20,000 discount on tuition fees, depending on specific circumstance

Must meet English standards and have an offer for a La Trobe course. The better your marks, the bigger the scholarship

Melbourne International Undergraduate Scholarship

University of Melbourne

A scholarship offered to high achieving international students who have been admitted into a Bachelor course at the University of Melbourne. No application is required, individuals will automatically be contacted

10 scholarships that offer full tuition, 30 scholarships that provide $10,000 towards tuition fees

Solely based on academic performance

Monash University International Merit Scholarships

Monash University

A total of 31 scholarships per year are available to international students with an offer to a Monash University course

$10,000 off tuition every year of your course

An average of 85%+ as well as a scholarship application statement. Must maintain a 70% minimum average each semester of the course

RMIT International Excellence Scholarship

RMIT

Discounted tuition for international students applying for an undergraduate course or Masters by Coursework with RMIT

20% discount on tuition fees

70%+ for last qualification plus a personal statement. A GPA of 2.4 – 4.0 must be maintained throughout the course

Angel Family Trust Scholarship

Charles Sturt University

Scholarship for first year medical students

$1,000

Sound academic record, demonstrated commitment to the health care environment, and 250 word essay

International Undergraduate Full Tuition Scholarship

University of Technology

Funding for international students applying to study a Bachelor degree through the University of Technology, Sydney

Full tuition

Previous academic performance – a score of 85%+ in previous qualifications

Macquarie Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships

Macquarie University

Scholarship for partial tuition for international students accepted into an undergraduate or postgraduate course

Varies depending on course, up to $10,000 towards tuition fees

Varies depending on the particular course but all selection is based on academic performance, minimum GPAs must be met in order to retain the scholarship

Business scholarship for Chinese students

University of Queensland

Scholarship offered to Chinese students studying business at undergraduate or post graduate level

$1,000

Academic merit and evidence of genuine desire to pursue a career in business

International Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship

Bond University

Scholarship for discounted tuition for international students applying for an undergraduate course

25% off tuition fees over the entire course

Academic performance and a personal statement

Law scholarships for international students

University of Queensland

Scholarship for high achieving students looking to enroll in a Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Queensland

25% or 50% of tuition fees

Academic performance

UQ Academic Scholarship Program

University of Queensland

Scholarship for high achieving school leavers

$12,000 per year (maximum of $60,000)

Minimum of 99.90 ATAR or international equivalent

Owen and Ann Broughton Art Grant

University of South Australia

Scholarship to support a second year Bachelor of Contemporary Art student

Depends on particular circumstance

Grade point average of 5 or above

ECU International Undergraduate Merit Scholarships

Edith Cowan University

Discount on tuition fees for international students studying a Bachelor degree or studying abroad for part of their degree

20% discount on tuition over the entire course

Academic performance. Applications are not required, international students who are eligible will be contacted

ANU College of Business & Economics International Undergraduate Scholarship

ANU College of Business and Economics

Scholarship for international students applying for undergraduate courses with ANU

Full tuition

Academic performance

Australian National University

ANU

Scholarship for students accepted into Honours with either Fenner School of Environment and Society or the Earth and Marine Science program in the Research School of Earth Sciences

Up to $5,000

Enrolled in one of the specified programs, academic merit, have willing and able supervision

Postgraduate

Scholarship

University

Summary

Inclusions

Assessment/Selection

Accounting and Finance Honours Scholarship

Monash University

Scholarship based on academic achievement for students commencing Bachelor of Commerce (Honours year)

Up to $6000 for a single year

Selection based on academic achievement of last two years of Bachelor degree in accounting or finance subjects

ACU International Student Scholarship

Australian Catholic University

Funding for undergraduate or postgraduate students with excellent academic achievement in previous studies

50% of tuition fees

Must have an offer for course at ACU and have achieved at least an 80% average in previous studies

A G Whitlam Graduate Merit Scholarship

University of Melbourne

Scholarship for high achieving students with an offer to Melbourne Business School

50% discount on fees

No application is required, students who get an offer will automatically be considered

David Myers Research Scholarship

La Trobe University

Funding for research masters or doctorate students

Up to $5,000 per year (2 years for Masters, 3 years for PhD) plus $3,000 research grant

Merit based, no application necessary

John Richards Initiative (JRI) Scholarship

La Trobe University

Scholarship for PhD students looking to conduct research with the ageing and aged care research center

Varies depending on specific circumstance

Completed four years of study with exceptional grades

La Trobe Academic Excellence Scholarships for International Students

La Trobe University

Funding for high achieving international students accepted into a La Trobe undergraduate or postgraduate course

$10,000 -$20,000 discount on tuition fees, depending on specific circumstance

Must meet English standards and have an offer for a La Trobe course. The better your marks, the bigger the scholarship

Melbourne Research Scholarship

University of Melbourne

Scholarship available for domestic and international research students who are high achievers

Varies depending on situation. May include tuition discounts (overseas students only), health cover (international students only), paid leave (maternal, paternal or sick), fortnightly living allowance, or relocation allowance

No application required, research students will automatically be considered and contacted if successful

Monash University International Merit Scholarships

Monash University

A total of 31 scholarships per year are available to international students with an offer to a Monash University course

$10,000 off tuition every year of your course

An average of 85%+ as well as a scholarship application statement. Must maintain a 70% minimum average each semester of the course

LEE International Excellence in Leadership Scholarship

Monash University

Two scholarships offered per year to international Monash MBA applicants. The scholarship is designed to encourage diversity in the MBA cohort

Up to $16,000 per scholarship

Must be an applicant of the Monash MBA program and therefore meet course requirements

Monash University Faculty of Law Masters International Scholarship

Monash University

Funding for individuals beginning the Master of Laws with Monash University

Up to $20,000

Academic achievement plus a personal aspiration statement

RMIT International Excellence Scholarship

RMIT

Discounted tuition for international students applying for an undergraduate course or Masters by Coursework with RMIT

20% discount on tuition fees

70%+ for last qualification plus a personal statement. A GPA of 2.4 – 4.0 must be maintained throughout the course

Children’s Cancer Institute Honours Scholarship

Any

Scholarship offered to 2 medical students in their final year of medicine

Up to $5,000

Academic merit, interest in cancer research, personal qualities including leadership

University of Sydney International Research Scholarships (USYDIS)

University of Sydney

Funding for international students doing a Postgraduate Research Degree or Masters by Research. The University will identify research departments that are a high priority for them and allocate scholarship funding to students in those areas

Full tuition and up to 3 years of living allowance

Research potential as well as academic performance

Macquarie Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships

Macquarie University

Scholarship for partial tuition for international students accepted into an undergraduate or postgraduate course

Varies depending on course, up to $10,000 towards tuition fees

Varies depending on the particular course but all selection is based on academic performance, minimum GPAs must be met in order to retain the scholarship

International College of Management Sydney Undergraduate Scholarship

International College of Management Sydney

Scholarship available for students beginning a 2 year Business Management Masters with ICMS

Partial tuition waived up to the equivalent of 6 postgraduate subjects

Must meet course requirements including English entry requirement and have a GPA of 3.20/5.0 from their undergraduate course

Alex Hibberd Memorial Scholarship

University of Queensland

Scholarship for students enrolled in a School of Agriculture and Food Sciences Honours program at The University of Queensland

Dependent on circumstance

Academic achievement

Business scholarship for Chinese students

University of Queensland

Scholarship offered to Chinese students studying business at undergraduate or post graduate level

$1,000

Academic merit and evidence of genuine desire to pursue a career in business

UQ Future Students Postgraduate Scholarship for High Achievers

University of Queensland

Scholarship for high achieving international students from a range of countries

$10,000 discount on tuition fees for year one of study ($5,000 semester 1, $5,000 semester 2)

Merit based

IWC (International Water Centre) Masters International Scholarship

International Water Centre

Scholarship for international students who are enrolled in a Master of Integrated Water Management course

$9,500

Acceptance into a Masters as a self-funded, fulltime student

Adelaide Scholarships International (ASI)

University of Adelaide

Scholarships for international research students (Master by Research or Doctoral research) in any field

Tuition fees, health cover and living allowance for the year ($27,082 in 2018)

Academic performance and must have completed an equivalent to an Australian Honours degree. New Zealand student are ineligible

AFUW (SA) Diamond Jubilee Bursary

Any South Australian University

Scholarship available for students undertaking postgraduate studies at a South Australian university

Up to $5,000

Academic merit and financial need

CMU-A Academic Merit Scholarships

Carnegie Melon University

Available to students enrolled in the Master of Science and Technology or Master of Science in Public Policy and Management

Up to $10,000

No additional application required, suitability will be assessed alongside course application

Flinders International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (FIPRS)

Flinders University

Scholarships for international research students looking to undertake a Research Masters or Research Doctorate

Tuition fees, living allowance, up to $1,485 relocation allowance

Academic performance and demonstrated research skills

UWA International Masters-by-Coursework Scholarship

University of Western Australia

Scholarships for international students who have performed well in recognized overseas undergraduate qualifications and are now seeking to undertake a Masters-by Coursework in Australia

Three different levels of funding, depending on academic performance (Level 1 = $3000 per year, Level 2 = $5000 per year, Level 3 = $7000 per year)

Academic performance, must maintain GPA requirements for their particular course

Murdoch International Postgraduate Studentship (MIPS)

Murdoch University

Scholarships for international students looking to complete an undergraduate qualification or postgraduate coursework degree

Between $11,000 and $12,000 discount on tuition

Academic merit and acceptance into a degree at Murdoch

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