Top 3 Government Scholarships for International Students in Australia

Australia Awards Scholarships

These scholarships are for students in selected countries within Asia, Africa, the Pacific region and the Middle East. Specific fields of study are sponsored according to each country’s priority areas for development. There are a number of participating universities and institutions you can attend, and the scholarship generally covers full tuition fees, return airfares, board, health cover and a contribution to living expenses. Pretty incredible opportunity!

For: Bachelors/Masters/PhDs

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

The IPRS is for any domestic or international student already enrolled in an accredited university course in Australia. It aims to support research doctorate and research masters degrees, providing block grants and flexible funding structures for tuition fees, living costs and/or other allowances. The application process is a little different for each university and submitted internally, so make sure to check your eligibility and reach out to your institution if this sounds like a good fit for you.

For: Research Masters/PhDs

Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship Awards

These offer complete financial support, including tuition, accomodation, health and travel insurance, travel allowance and a monthly allowance for international students undertaking postgraduate studies. This includes Masters (up to $140,500 value) and PhDs (up to $272,500 value) either through coursework or study for up to four years. There is a list of participating countries to look through if you wish to know your eligibility. Applications are submitted online via the Endeavour website, but there are also hard copy submission options.

For: Masters/PhDs

Many government scholarships in Australia are country-specific, so be sure to check your eligibility

10 University Scholarships for International Students in Australia

Other than government grants, most Australian scholarships for international students are university-specific. Here are some of the top scholarships offered by leading Australian institutions.

University of Sydney International Research Scholarships (USydIS)

Where: University of Sydney, NSW

What is it: A Postgraduate Research Degree or Masters by Research program offered to international students within departments and areas identified by the university to be focal points of its current research.

Scholarship inclusions: USydIS covers tuition and a set living allowance for up to three years, with the option to extend a further semester for PhD students.

Assessed on: Academic merit and research potential.

Melbourne International Undergraduate Scholarship

Where: University of Melbourne, VIC

What is it: A tuition fee remission scholarship awarded to high achieving international students who have received offers for an undergraduate course. You cannot apply for this scholarship, but international applicants to the uni are automatically considered and contacted if successful.

Scholarship inclusions: There are around 30 $10,000 tuition fee remission scholarships and around 10 scholarships with a 100% tuition fee remission offered for each starting year of an undergraduate degree.

Assessed on: Academic performance, allocated competitively based on quotas by region and course.

Macquarie Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships

Where: Macquarie University, NSW

What is it: A partial tuition fee scholarship for international students undertaking Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees in the fields of linguistics, education, human science, media, engineering and the environment. This is specifically for students from a country other than Australia, New Zealand, Mongolia, ASEAN or a European country.

Scholarship inclusions: The scholarship amount varies between the subject areas but goes up to $10,000 and goes exclusively towards your tuition fee.

Assessed on: Academic performance and merit, with minimum GPAs and academic requirements for consideration.

Adelaide Scholarships International (ASI)

Where: University of Adelaide, SA

What is it: A comprehensive scholarship offered to international students undertaking a Masters by Research or Doctoral Research degree in any subject offered by the university. This is for applicants who have already completed the equivalent of an Australian First Class Honours degree. New Zealand citizens are ineligible.

Scholarship inclusions: Course tuition fees, annual living allowance ($27,082 in 2018) and health cover. This is for two years for Masters and three years for PhDs, with the possibility to extend for the latter.

Assessed on: Academic merit and research potential.

ECU International Undergraduate Merit Scholarships

Where: Edith Cowan University, WA

What is it: A fee reduction scholarship offered to international students from selected countries who are undertaking a bachelor degree or a study abroad semester. International applicants are automatically considered for this grant, and will be notified if successful.

Scholarship inclusions: 20% reduction of tuition fees for the duration of the undergraduate course.

Assessed on: Academic merit.

ANU College of Business & Economics International Undergraduate Scholarship

Where: Australian National University, ACT

What is it: A tuition fee scholarship awarded to international students applying for undergraduate programs at the ANU College of Business and Economics.

Scholarship inclusions: 100% of your full tuition fees are covered.

Assessed on: Academic merit.

Flinders International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (FIPRS)

Where: Flinders University, SA

What is it: A scholarship for international students (New Zealand citizens ineligible) who have successfully completed the equivalent of an Australian First Class Honours Degree and who want to undertake a Research Doctorate or Research Masters degree.

Scholarship inclusions: 100% of your full tuition fees are covered, as well as a generous living allowance ($26,862 in 2017). FIPRS students moving to Adelaide from abroad are also eligible for an establishment allowance of up to $1,485 to help with airfares and relocation costs.

Assessed on: Academic merit and demonstration of an exemplary aptitude for independent research.

RMIT International Excellence Scholarship

Where: RMIT University, VIC

What is it: A tuition fee reduction scholarship for international students enrolling in either a Bachelor or Masters by Coursework degree at RMIT.

Scholarship inclusions: 20% of your full tuition fees are covered for the entire duration of your degree.

Assessed on: Academic merit and a personal statement. You must have achieved an overall 70% score or higher in your last completed qualification, and maintain a GPA of 2.5-4.0 during your studies.

International Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship

Where: Bond University, QLD

What is it: A tuition fee reduction scholarship for international students enrolling in undergraduate programs.

Scholarship inclusions: 25% of your full tuition fees are covered for the entire duration of your degree.

Assessed on: Academic merit and a supporting personal statement.

International Undergraduate Full Tuition Scholarship

Where: University of Technology Sydney, NSW

What is it: A full tuition fee scholarship for international students (New Zealand citizens ineligible) who are enrolling in a Bachelor degree on campus.

Scholarship inclusions: 100% of your full tuition fees are covered.

Assessed on: Academic merit. You must have scored 85% or above in a high school qualification recognised by UTS.


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