How to study in Australia for free: Your Guideline

Pro-tips on how to study in Australia for Free  Imagine being able to study in Australia without worrying about the financial burden. It may seem impossible, but with the right qualifications, guidelines and a bit of luck, you can achieve this dream and study in Australia for free. Don't let the fear of expenses hold you back from pursuing your education. With determination and hard work, you can make your dreams a reality.  So yes, It is possible to study in Australia without spending a single penny, provided you have the right qualifications, guidelines and a bit of luck. Let me explain it to you in detail. In Australia, most universities don't charge international students any application fees, particularly postgraduate research students. You can find a list of 16 universities in Australia that don't require application fees. This is a great opportunity for international students with good academic records to apply to multiple universities, increasing their ch

Australia Awards Scholarships 2024 and the application procedure

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Australia Awards Scholarships(AAS)for study commencing in 2025

About Australia Awards Scholarships

Australia Awards Scholarships (AAS) are a set of long-term programs sponsored by the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The primary objective of these scholarships is to support the development needs of Australia's partner countries, in line with bilateral and regional agreements.

This award program provides full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study opportunities for future global leaders from developing countries, particularly those located in the Indo-Pacific region, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions. The study and research opportunities provided by Australia Awards Scholarships aim to develop individuals' skills and knowledge to drive change and contribute to their countries' development.

In a nutshell, the Australia Awards scholarships program aims to provide individuals with the skills and knowledge they need to bring change and contribute to their own country's development.

Countries in Africa for the 2024-2025 Australia Award Scholarship program include:

  1. Botswana, 
  2. Algeria,
  3. Benin,
  4. Botswana, 
  5. Côte d'Ivoire,
  6. Democratic Republic of Congo,
  7. Egypt,
  8. Ethiopia,
  9. Ghana,
  10. Kenya,
  11. Madagascar,
  12. Malawi,
  13. Mauritius,
  14. Morocco,
  15. Mozambique,
  16. Namibia,
  17. Nigeria,
  18. Rwanda,
  19. Senegal,
  20. Sierra Leone,
  21. South Africa,
  22. Tanzania,
  23. Uganda,
  24. Zambia and 
  25. Zimbabwe
A full list of other eligible countries around the world includes:
  1. Bangladesh
  2. Bhutan
  3. Brunei
  4. Cambodia
  5. Federated States of Micronesia
  6. French Polynesia
  7. Fiji
  8. Indonesia
  9. Kiribati
  10. Laos
  11. Maldives
  12. Malaysia
  13. Mongolia
  14. Myanmar
  15. Nauru
  16. Nepal
  17. New Caledonia
  18. Niue
  19. Pakistan
  20. Palau
  21. Occupied Palestinian Territories
  22. Papua New Guinea
  23. Philippines
  24. Samoa
  25. Singapore
  26. Solomon Islands
  27. Sri Lanka
  28. Thailand
  29. Timor-Leste
  30. Tuvalu
  31. Vanuatu
  32. Vietnam
  33. Wallis and Futuna

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Scholarship Overview

  • Level of studies: Undergraduate, Postgraduate. These should be related to your country’s priority areas for development which are listed on the participating country profiles.
  • Eligible countries: A group of African countries, Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East. Check to see from the list of participating countries if your country is among them. The link is provided below in the How to apply section.
  • Scholarship Value: Full tuition support
  • Study location: Any of the participating University of your choice
  • Opening date: 1 February 2024
  • Application Deadline: Closed
  • Number of Awards: Not specified/Country-specific

Australia Awards Complete Scholarship Benefits

Australia Awards Scholarships cover the full duration of studies and necessary training, with the following benefits:

  • full tuition fees
  • return air travel–payment of a single return, economy class airfare to and from Australia, via the most direct route
  • establishment allowance–a once-only payment as a contribution towards accommodation expenses, textbooks, study materials
  • Contribution to Living Expenses (CLE) – a fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses paid at a rate determined by the department.
  • Introductory Academic Program (IAP)–a compulsory program prior to the commencement of formal academic studies covering information on living and studying in Australia
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of the award (for award holder only)–provided to cover the scholar's basic medical costs (with the exception of pre-existing conditions)
  • Pre-course English (PCE) fees–if deemed necessary PCE may be available for students for in-country and/or in-Australia training
  • supplementary academic support may be available to ensure a scholar's academic success or enhance their academic experience
  • fieldwork (for research awards and Masters by coursework which has a research component where fieldwork is compulsory) may be available for eligible research students for one return economy class airfare via the most direct route to their country of citizenship or within Australia.

Conditions for Australia Awards Scholarships

Like any other scholarship program. there is always a set of principles to guide the program. All applicants interested in the Australia Award Scholarship program will need to sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring that they will comply with the conditions of the scholarship.

  • One of such condition is that you are required to leave Australia for a minimum of two years after completing your scholarship program. Failure to do so will result in you incurring a debt for the total accrued cost of your scholarship.

General Eligibility Criteria for Australia Awards Scholarships

These are just general eligibility criteria for the Australia Awards scholarships. You might also have to meet your country-specific requirements

To be eligible to receive Australian scholarships, applicants are expected to be :

  •  be a minimum of 18 years of age on 1 February of the year of commencing the scholarship;
  •  be a citizen of a participating country (as listed on the Australia Awards website) and be residing in and applying for the scholarship from their country of citizenship;
  • not be a citizen of Australia, hold permanent residency in Australia or be applying for a visa to live in Australia permanently;
  • not be married to, engaged to, or a de facto of a person who holds, or is eligible to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency, at any time during the application, selection or mobilisation phases (note: residents of Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau with New Zealand citizenship are eligible but must apply for a Student visa [subclass 500]);
  •  not be currently serving military personnel;
  •  not have previously received a long-term Australia Award unless they have resided outside of Australia for twice the length of the total time that they were in Australia (for example, a previous awardee who has been on an Australia Awards Scholarship in Australia for four years will not be eligible to apply for another Australia Awards Scholarship until they have resided outside Australia for eight years);
  • not hold convictions or are currently under investigation for criminal activities including those relating to Child Protection and PSEAH.
  •  recipients under the Pacific Secondary School Scholarship Program (PSSSP) who have completed their secondary school  education in Australia in the year prior are eligible to apply for the long-term Australia Award;
  •  have satisfied any specific criteria established by the Program Area or the government of the applicant’s country of citizenship (e.g. having worked a certain number of years in an appropriate sector);
  • be able to satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which the award is to be undertaken (this may mean that Program Areas will need to withdraw an award offer if the recipient cannot satisfy the institution’s admission requirements. This may not be known until Program Areas request a placement at selected institutions);
  •  be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Home Affairs to hold a Student Visa. This may mean that the Program Area will need to withdraw an award offer if the recipient cannot satisfy the visa requirements;
  •  not be applying for a scholarship for a course of study at an academic level lesser than they have already achieved (e.g. be applying for a Master’s scholarship when they already hold a PhD), and applicants must inform the Program Area of any connection or relationship to staff employed at Program Areas (including locally engaged staff at post) or with managing contractors so that the application may be properly and transparently managed. Check Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook to read more about these eligibility criteria

How to apply For Australia Awards Scholarships

The process of applying for the Australia Award scholarship varies slightly depending on the participating country's requirements. To apply, you can either complete the application process online directly on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website or by mail. It is important to note that there is no need to pay anyone posing as a middleman, as the application process is entirely free. All necessary documents can be downloaded, filled out, and then submitted by mail.

  • The first step in the application process is to check if your country is among the eligible participating country. Some countries allow online applications while others accept hard copy
  • Next, check the opening and closing dates for your country, and select your country of citizenship/residency from the list of participating countries for specific information on eligibility, priority areas and how to apply.
  • Next check the general eligibility requirements and selection procedure for these awards which can be found at the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook.
  • If applying online, next visit Online Australia Scholarships Information System (OASIS). When you register online, you will be required to answer some questions to establish your eligibility. You will then be given a unique registration number, username and password.

Note that applications must not necessarily be submitted at once. Take your time to fill in the forms and upload all the necessary supporting documents accordingly. However, you submit before the closing date for your country and once this is done, nothing can be changed anymore.

  • If you are applying by mail you will have to obtain hard copies for your application. From the participating country profile you can find contacts on how to obtain hard copies for your application. The same rules as the online application, take your time, fill in all the necessary information, and submit together with all the supporting documents before the designated deadline for your country.

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Before you apply, look at some of the tips below on how to apply successfully to Australian scholarships

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    1. Am very much interested, pls how I go about this?

      1. hi, the whole process is very easy. Just follow the guide in our post as above. But the very first thing to is to check your country eligibility. Is your country among the eligible countries this scholarship is opened for? see list of the countries in our post. If yes, then the next step is to check the various individual eligibility criteria for the scholarship and if you meet them, you can go ahead and apply. Applications can be done in your own home country, contacts are found on each country profile.

    2. Hello, I am a Nigerian and I am very much interested in their programs. I have searched but I can't find any scholarship opportunity I fit in to.
      Any help on that?

      1. Hi Martins, which degree program are you searching scholarships for?

    3. hello, i noticed that the application must be done from one's home country. i happen to be in another country can i still aplly

      1. Application is via a branch office in the applicant’s home country.
        On the Australia Awards website, a contact for each of these offices is listed. We recommend you reach out to your country’s branch office for advice

    4. Can I apply for Bs computer

      1. For the Australian Awards Scholarship program, study fields must relate to your country's priority areas for development. Kindly check ur country’s profile ie the priority areas listed for this scholarship. If COMPUTER SCIENCE/Studies is listed as a priority area, then u are good to go!

    5. Can I apply for MSc in fisheries or any related course

      1. For the Australian Awards Scholarship program, study fields must relate to your country's priority areas for development. Kindly check ur country’s profile ie the priority areas listed for this scholarship

    6. I am Ike Osei from Ghana please how do I apply?

      1. Applications are submitted via a branch office in the applicant's home country. Ghana is on the list. Kindly visit link in the post to see how and where submission is done for Ghana. Good luck!

    7. Hello.
      Please do I need to apply to the institution and scholarship body differently?
      Also can I apply to more than one institution or two different courses in one institution? Thank you

      1. Hidear Nnennas?
        To apply for an Australia Awards scholarship, follow these simplified steps:
        1) Eligibility Check: First, choose your home country and the type of award to verify your eligibility.
        2. Course Eligibility: Once eligibility is confirmed(ie country is on the list, your interested degree program available), review the course eligibility criteria.
        3. Online Application: Register and complete the online application form for Australian Awards. This involves providing personal information, academic and professional history, and a statement of purpose, among other details.
        4) Applying to Institutions:
        Australia Awards scholarships are administered by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. You do not need to apply directly to individual institutions. Instead, focus on the scholarship application process itself.
        However, if you are accepted for an Australia Award, you will need to apply separately to the specific Australian institution where you plan to study. This step is necessary for admission to your chosen course.
        5) Multiple Institutions or Courses:
        Yes, you can apply to more than one institution or even choose different courses within the same institution. However, ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for each course and institution.
        Keep in mind that if you receive an Australia Award scholarship, you will need to finalise your course selection and institution before departing for Australia.
        Remember that each participating country may have specific guidelines, and even specific eligible courses, so I recommend checking your country’s profile for detailed instructions and deadlines! Pls check links in the post.
        Lastly, on the other hand, an admission in an Australian University before applying for the Australian Award Scholarship could also be very advantageous! Hope this helps! Good luck!

    8. Hello I am from Pakistan how can I apply for PhD in sociology?

      1. You will have to check your country profile, check the eligible programs, and also check your course requirements in your chosen university

    9. M.S and P.hd program of English Literature available?

      1. If you are referring to the Australian Award Scholarships, the first thing to do will be to check your country profile and see what is available and the eligibility criteria.

    10. Is BS Software Engineer or BS Computer Science scholarship available?

      1. If you are referring to the Australian Award Scholarships, the first thing to do will be to check your country profile and see what is available and the eligibility criteria.
        If not, yes, you can easily find scholarships for computer science, but rarely fully funded for undergrads

    11. Hello. I m so interested Australia award scholarship.. im from Pakistan can i apply for Bs Nursing

      1. Hi, You will have to check your country profile, check the eligible programs (some countries do have specific courses). Also make sure to check your course requirements in your chosen university

    12. Hello sir I am agriculture graduate in entomology department. Can guide can Australian govt offer agriculture student scholarship or not any agriculture university in Australia that offering full scholership?

      1. Agriculture has lots of funding in Australia. The course is available in almost every University. You can apply for this AAS program if your country is on the list. You equally apply for RTPS scholarships, we posted alot lately, pls check

    13. I did my Bachelor of arts from Pakistan, am I eligible for the scholarship, please guide me about it?

      1. You will have to check your country profile, check the eligible programs, and also check your course requirements in your chosen university

    14. Hi Tahir Baloch is here from pakistin.want to study PHD Agriculture. And our country is elegible .plese guide

    15. Hi I'm Bransey Andrew from Papua new Guinea and I'm very interested in the program you are offering, especially post graduate and Masters so I'm kindly asking if I can contact you on a email or WhatsApp for further information


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