International students can apply for scholarships offered by the Australian Government, education institutions and a number of other organizations. Scholarships offered cover various educational sectors including vocational and technical education, student exchanges, undergraduate and postgraduate study and research. Australian Government scholarships are not available for international students undertaking English language training specifically in Australia. However, there are several English language training scholarships offered by Australian institutions.
As few scholarships are granted by the Australian government to promote educational cooperation and development in the Asia-Pacific region. These mainly consist of two programmes — Australian Leadership Awards and the Endeavour Programme. Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) is for longterm postgraduate study at Masters or Doctoral level. This programme is managed by AUSAID, the Australian government’s overseas aid programme. The other scholarship is the Endeavour scholarship, which is offered to leading researchers, executives and students to undertake short or long-term study, research and professional development in a broad range of disciplines. This programme is very competitive and is offered by the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST).
Australian Scholarships is an initiative of the Australian Government that brings together and expands existing scholarship programmes in the Asia-Pacific region managed by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST). Australian Scholarships also introduces a new AusAID managed programme – Australian Leadership Awards. Further information can be found at: www.australianscholarships.gov.au/
A brief overview of each of the component programmes of Australian Scholarships follows:
The Endeavour Programme brings together under one umbrella all of the Department of Education, Science and Training’s (DEST) international education scholarships. The Endeavour Programme showcases the excellence of Australia’s education, science and training sectors by bringing high achieving students, researchers and professionals to Australia to undertake short or long term study, research and professional development in a broad range of disciplines. It also encourages Australians to do the same abroad. Further information can be found at: www.endeavour.dest.gov.au/
Australian Leadership Awards
The Australian Leadership Awards (ALAs) focus on developing leaders who can influence social and economic policy reform and development outcomes in both their own countries and in the Asia-Pacific region. ALAs provide support for scholarships for post-graduate studies in Australia and short-term fellowship opportunities in specialized research, study or professional attachments through participating Australian organizations. Further information can be found at: www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar
Australian Development Scholarships
Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) aim to contribute to the long-term development needs of Australia’s partner countries to promote good governance, economic growth and human development. ADS provide people with the necessary skills and knowledge to drive change and influence the development outcomes of their own country, through obtaining tertiary qualifications at participating Australian institutions. Further information can be found at: www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar