Funding opportunities from the Australian Government and foreign governments for international study

Recognising the power of soft diplomacy through international education, the Australian Government allocates significant funding to support Australian students in taking up international opportunities.  While the focus is on our region, the opportunities range more widely.  There are also scholarships for students from a large number of countries to take up opportunities at Australian universities. Some other countries have similar schemes.  For an outline of funding available and links to further information please view the tables below.   

Please note: UniSA has become aware of a series of scams relating to admissions and scholarships. Organisations not aligned with or endorsed by UniSA are asking prospective students to pay a fee to make an application. UniSA scholarships do not require any application fees. Please contact us if you are asked to make an application or payment in this way.

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    Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program

      Applications are open and close on the 16th June 2019
    Eligibility

    Australian Citizens age 21-25 who are young professionals, graduates or tertiary students who have an active interest in Indonesia.

    Availability

    Available country - Indonesia

    Value of grant

    AIYEP awards outstanding young Australians with full scholarships to participate. Airfares, meals, accommodation, activities, and transport are all covered by the AIYEP program. In return participants are expected to represent their state and Australia to their best ability and engage fully in all aspects of the program.

    Timeline

    Applications open now and close on the 16th June 2019.

    More information

    New Colombo Plan (NCP)

      Applications are open for the 2020 round
    Eligibility

    Scholarships:
    Eligible students will be contacted by the University.

    Mobility:
    Expressions of interest to be submitted by student via email.

    Eligibility Criteria

    •   Students must be Australian citizens
    •  Aged between 18-28yrs of age (inclusive) on 1 January 2020
    •  Enrolled as an undergraduate student in at least second year or Honours at commencement of program
    •  All other UniSA Student Exchange criteria apply
    Availability

    Available Countries

    •  Bangladesh
    •  Bhutan
    •  Brunei
    •  Cambodia
    •  China
    •  Cook Islands
    •  Federated States of Micronesia
    •  Fiji
    •  India
    •  Indonesia
    •  Hong Kong SAR
    •  Japan
    •  Japan
    •  Kiribati
    •  Laos
    •  Malaysia
    •  Maldives
    •  Marshall Islands
    •  Mongolia
    •  Myanmar
    •  Nauru
    •  Nepal
    •  Niue
    •  Pakistan
    •  Palau
    •  Papua New Guinea
    •  Philippines
    •  Republic of Korea
    •  Samoa
    •  Singapore
    •  Solomon Islands
    •  Sri Lanka
    •  Taiwan
    •  Thailand
    •  Timor-Leste
    •  Tonga
    •  Tuvalu
    •  Vanuatu
    •  Vietnam
    Value of grant

    Scholarships:
    value up to $67,000.

    Mobility Grants:
    valued between $1000-$3000 for short term study options and $3000-$7000 for semester long exchange.

    Timeline

    Scholarships:
    Further information on the New Colombo Plan (NCP) can be found here

    Mobility:
    Expressions of interest email Student Exchange

    Mawson Lakes Fellowship Program

      Applications are open
    Eligibility

    South Australian Applicants:

    •  Undergraduate honours students
    •  Post graduate students
    •  Early career researchers*
    •  studying or researching in a relevant discipline in the area of urban innovation.

    *For the purposes of this program early career researchers are defined as academic staff who have completed their PhD within the last 10 years

    Availability

    Available Countries:

    •  Japan

    Study options:
    University of Nagoya,  University of Tsukuba,  Waseda University

    Value of grant

    Scholarships:
    value up to $67,000.

    Mobility Grants:
    valued between $1000-$3000 for short term study options and $3000-$7000 for semester long exchange.

    Timeline

    Applications are accepted all year round but should be submitted at least 6 months before the commencement of the proposed study in Japan. More information

    Short-Term Mobility

      Applications are open
    Eligibility

    Student eligibility:
    Undergraduate & Postgraduate (coursework)

    Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident

    Availability

    Available Countries:

    •  Global

    Study options:
    Short-term (up to 6 months) – may include practicum or clinical placements; internships; research experiences; volunteer projects etc

    Value of grant

    $2000

    Timeline

      Applications are open. Please email Student.Exchange@unisa.edu.au

    International Student Exchange Program (IESP)

      Applications are open
    Eligibility

    Student eligibility:
    Undergraduate & Postgraduate (coursework)

    Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident

    Availability

    Available Countries:

    •  Global

    Study options:
    1-2 full semester exchange
    Inbound also available

    Value of grant

    $5000

    Timeline

      Applications are open. Please email Student.Exchange@unisa.edu.au

    Fulbright Scholarships

      Applications are open
    Description
    •  The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers scholarships to Australian citizens across all career stages. Awardees take part in an academic and cultural exchange, pursuing research or study at a U.S. institution, experiencing life abroad and bringing back their knowledge and experience to share with their communities in Australia.
    Eligibility
    •  These are highly competitive, merit-based scholarships for Australian citizens across various academic and career stages across all discipline areas, but targeted at postgraduate, PhD and postdoc students with clear links to the US.
    •  There are a number of other requirements – please see fulbright.org.au/applicants/australian-applicants/ for detailed information
    Availability
    •  The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers scholarship opportunities to Australian citizens across various academic and career stages. Click on the links below to access information for each category (including opportunities available);
    Postgraduate Postdoctoral
    Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships allow postgraduate students undertaking their Australian PhD to conduct research in the U.S. for 8-10 months
    or
    Supports enrolment in a graduate degree program (e.g. a Master’s) for 10 months up to two-years.
    Fulbright Postdoctoral scholarships allow individuals to undertake postdoctoral research in the U.S. for 3 – 10 months, who have completed their PhD in the past 5 years.
    Value of grant
    Varies for the different type of scholarship. Refer to the links listed above for further information
    Timeline
    Application close 15 July 2019

    DFAT International Relations Grants Program

    Check application dates
    Eligibility
    Availability

    Available Countries:

    Study options:
    To foster people-to-people and institutional links - bilaterally and regionally – in support of the Government's foreign and trade policy goals including the arts, media, education, science, technology and social development initiatives such as health and sport

    Value of grant

    Dependent on proposal

    Timeline

    See more information

    Chinese Government Scholarship Programs

      Applications are open
    Eligibility

    Student eligibility:

    Undergraduate & Postgraduate largely taught in Chinese

    Availability

    Available Countries:

    •  China

    Study options:
    Up to 5 years depending on program

    Value of grant

    Expenses covered including tuition fee, accommodation, insurance and monthly living allowance from CNY 1,400/m to 2,000/m

    Timeline

    January to early April (please consult the agencies receiving applications for specific deadlines)

    More information

    Swiss Government Scholarships - 3 month research internship

      Applications are open
    Eligibility
    •  Masters students or undergraduate students who completed 2nd year
    •  Currently enrolled in an Australian university or institute
    •  Open to students from all fields, with an acceptance letter from a professor at a Swiss university for a research stay in his/ her group
    •  Must be at a public-funded Swiss research university or public-funded Swiss research institution

    Availabe Countries
    •  Switzerland

    Value of the scholarship

    A monthly stipend of CHF 1,600 (approx. US$1,600).


    Timeline
    •  Submission deadline 15 December 2018
    •  Internship needs to be taken between May 1, 2019 and December 1, 2019 (#-months duration)

    For further information please see our FAQ's

    World Trade Organisation (WTO) Internships

      Applications are open
    Eligibility
    •  be an Australian citizen
    •  have completed, or are completing, tertiary studies in economics, political science, international relations, international trade, law or international development
    •  be willing to undergo a mandatory police check
    •  be willing to re-locate to Geneva for a period of approximately two months, on a self-funded basis (which includes travel, visa, accommodation, and health insurance arrangements).

    Value of the grant:

    The WTO Mission is not able to provide financial assistance to successful applicants. Interns are responsible for their own travel, visa, accommodation, and health insurance arrangements. The cost of living is high in Geneva. Interns should plan for living costs of around AUD2,000-3,000 per month, in addition to flights.


    How to apply:

    Applications for the 2019 internship are currently open, and close 18 March 2019.

    Please note that applications received outside these dates will not be considered.

    To apply you will need to submit:

    •  your Resume/CV
    •  a written reference (no more than one page); and
    •  a document setting out answers to the questionnaire below.

    If you are a student, we particularly welcome applications that include a reference or letter of support from your university.

    All applications should be emailed to wto.geneva@dfat.gov.au
    Please include the subject line "SURNAME, first name: WTO Internship Application".

    More information

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    UniSA Student Exchange and Study Abroad

    Study Abroad and Student Exchange are short term programs that enable international students to study for six to twelve months in any of the University of South Australia's campuses in Adelaide. Students can combine their formal education with travel before, during and after the Study Periods.

    More information

    Mawson Lakes Fellowship Program

      Applications are open
    Eligibility

    Japanese Applicants:

    •  Undergraduate honours students
    •  Post graduate students
    •  Early career researchers*

    researching or studying in a relevant discipline in the area of urban innovation.

    Japanese students would be required to meet the English language requirements of the three South Australian universities.

    *For the purposes of this program early career researchers are defined as academic staff who have completed their PhD within the last 10 years

    Availability

    Available Countries:

    •  Australia (South Australia)

    Study options:
    University of South Australia
    University of Adelaide    Flinders University

    Value of grant

    An A$13,500 grant for a 6 month period. For visits shorter than 6 months the amount will be reduced pro rata

    Timeline

    Applications are accepted all year round but should be submitted at least 6 months before the commencement of the proposed study in Australia. More information

    Australia Awards Scholarships

    Check application dates
    Eligibility

    Student eligibilty:

    How to apply

    Availability

    Available Countries:

    Study options:
    Full degree

    Value of grant

    Dependent on proposal

    Timeline

    See individual country pages for opening and closing dates

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    DFAT International Relations Grants

      Applications are open
    Description

    Grant applications are open for this year’s DFAT Foundation, Council and Institute funding round. The International Relations Grants Program (IRGP) supports the Government's foreign policies and economic diplomacy interests and projects a positive contemporary image of Australia. IRGP grants support professional, community and institutional linkages between Australia and its partners on contemporary issues of shared interest including business, education, innovation, science, technology, the arts, media and sport. Each Foundation, Council and Institute have priority areas that they award funding to projects based on - please see each Foundation, Council or Institute’s website below for further information

    Eligibility

    Refer to each Foundation, Council or Institute’s application details, websites listed below.

    Availability

    Please see each Foundation, Council or Institute’s website below for further information:

    Value of grant

    Varies for each Foundation, Council or Institute – individual grants generally do not exceed $40,000 per year. Refer to Grant Guidelines under each Foundation, Council or Institute’s website (listed above) for further information

    Timeline

    Application closing dates vary from mid-late March 2020. Refer to Grant Guidelines under each Foundation, Council or Institute’s website (listed above) for further information

    Fulbright Scholarships

      Applications are open
    Description
    •  The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers scholarships to Australian citizens across all career stages. Awardees take part in an academic and cultural exchange, pursuing research or study at a U.S. institution, experiencing life abroad and bringing back their knowledge and experience to share with their communities in Australia.
    Eligibility
    •  These are highly competitive, merit-based scholarships for Australian citizens across various academic and career stages across all discipline areas, but targeted at postgraduate, PhD and postdoc students with clear links to the US.
    •  There are a number of other requirements – please see fulbright.org.au/applicants/australian-applicants/ for detailed information
    Availability
    •  The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers scholarship opportunities to Australian citizens across various academic and career stages. Click on the links below to access information for each category (including opportunities available);
    Postgraduate Postdoctoral Scholar Distinguished Chair

    Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships allow postgraduate students undertaking their Australian PhD to conduct research in the U.S. for 8-10 months
    or
    Supports enrolment in a graduate degree program (e.g. a Master’s) for 10 months up to two-years.

    Fulbright Postdoctoral scholarships allow individuals to undertake postdoctoral research in the U.S. for 3 – 10 months, who have completed their PhD in the past 5 years. Fulbright Scholar Awards are for academics (at Associate Professor or Professorial level) and mid-career professionals (with an undergraduate qualification and minimum 10 years work experience) to undertake research and/or training in the United States for 3-4 months in any discipline. The Fulbright Distinguished Chair award is for an exceptional individual at professorial level to carry out research in the United States for up to 6 months. 

     

    Value of grant
    Varies for the different type of scholarship. Refer to the links listed above for further information
    Timeline
    Application close 15 July 2019