Apply for Fully-Funded Australia Awards Post-graduate Scholarships for African Students


Scholarships for master’s level studies in Australia are offered to eligible African candidates for postgraduate studies. The next round of applications will open from 1 October 2019.

Focus sectors for the Australia Awards Scholarships reflect areas that have been identified as priorities by partner governments and in which Australia is recognised as having world-leading expertise and experience. Current priority sectors include agricultural productivity, extractives and public policy.

For information on the courses available and institutions that you can apply for, click through to the official Australian Government website for international students. This website is managed by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade).

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for a scholarship, applicants must meet their country’s eligibility requirements. Generally, the following requirements apply:

  • Citizen of an eligible African country
  • Minimum academic requirement: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Mid-level to senior-level professional, currently employed in a relevant field
  • Meet relevant post-graduate work experience requirements
  • For Australia Awards Scholarships, applicants must be at least 25 years and not older than 52 years at the date of application.
  • For Australia Awards Short Courses, applicants must be at least 25 years and not older than 55 years by June 2021.
  • Demonstrate a clear vision of how the knowledge gained through the scholarship will be used to improve policy, practice or reform in their home country
  • Satisfactory English proficiency to enable full participation in a training course delivered in English
  • Satisfy all requirements of the Australian Government for the appropriate student visa (subclass 500).

Australia Awards Scholarships

All shortlisting and final selection take place between January and June of each year. Face-to-face interviews with shortlisted candidates are held in May and June. Candidates from countries where English Language Proficiency tests are required should refer to the previous section on English language requirements or support. Australia Awards may also arrange separate English language testing of shortlisted candidates during the selection process.

The Australia Awards Scholarship interviews are conducted by independent selection panels chaired by Australian Government officials and comprising of Australian academics, African alumni and industry experts. Representatives from African partner governments may also attend the interviews as observers and provide advice on the country context or on specific policy priorities for the government.

To secure placement for a Master’s program at an institution in Australia, Palladium will approach the applicants’ preferred institutions on their behalf. Only two institutions will be approached with a request for placement for each applicant. Following receipt of an institution’s offer of placement, Palladium then proceeds, on behalf of the Australian Government, to finalise the formal offer of the scholarship.

Awards will not be offered until the contract accompanying the letter of offer has been signed by the candidate and counter-signed by the Australian Government.

For more information about this opportunity and to apply visit the official website here


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