Written By - Supriya
In the past decade, Australia has emerged as one of the most sought after destinations for higher education among international students. This has been a major contributing factor towards the socio-economic development of Australia as students are spending a huge amount of money in the hope to graduate from internationally recognized universities which will equip them with a global outlook, a cosmopolitan education, and lucrative employment opportunities in an increasingly interlinked global economy.
It is interesting to note that as of March 2020, the international student population was recorded to be 626,052, which is 6% higher than the number recorded in the year 2019. Additionally, Australia witnessed a whopping 675,991 international student enrolment by March 2020 in different types of programs.
On comparing to the data of 2019, a significant surge has been witnessed in the higher education and VET sectors. Let’s learn how the education sectors in Australia have got influenced in the past one year.
In the recent past years, Australia has become one of the preferred destinations of Indian students for pursuing higher studies, and even more so for gaining vocational skills. During the years 2013-2020, the number of Indian students coming to Australia to study grew exponentially. In fact, Indian students account for the second-largest international student population in Australia after China. Only 5 countries, which are, China, India, Nepal, Vietnam, and Brazil account for 58% of the total international student population in Australia.
It’s actually the majority of the developing nations that head towards Australia for higher studies. Hence managing higher education in a country like Australia can be a costly affair. However, students need not worry as the Australian government offers lucrative scholarship opportunities for international students. Moreover, international students may seek a university-specific scholarship to make their education affordable. Here we bring to you a list of such exciting scholarships that can pave a way for you to study in Australia.
These are awarded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia to support students of developing countries, primarily the countries located in the Indo-pacific region seeking undergraduate and postgraduate education (except flying aircraft, nuclear technology, or military training) at the participating Australian Universities and TAFE institutes.
These scholarships are offered for a whole duration of study until students complete their degrees, including any preparatory training. The scholarships cover:
In order to qualify for the scholarship, applicants should:
Furthermore, applicants are evaluated based on their academic merit, leadership qualities, and ability to prove how the scholarship will be useful in attaining the career objectives.
While applying for the scholarship, applicants need to provide:
The application opening date varies by country. For a majority of the countries, the application closing date is June 30, 2020.
Applications for the scholarship can be made online via Australia Scholarships Information System or through the mail.
This program has been formulated by the Australia government to attract international and domestic students to regional areas of Australia. Every academic year, more than 1000 scholarships are offered to students opting for Certification IV level or higher-level degree programs.
With the help of this program, tertiary institutions in Australia will be allowed to apply for scholarships worth $15000 per student, per year.
Students cannot apply directly for this financial aid. It’s the regional tertiary institutions in Australia who actually need to prove their institutions’ eligibility to make the aid available to deserving students. To prove its eligibility, an institution should be:
Once the list of qualifying institutions is released (mostly in early October), students can apply directly for 2021 scholarships by sending an application to the institution they are enrolled in.
Interested institutions need to submit proofs explaining:
The application closing date for the ‘Destination Australia Program’ is July 7, 2020. All the institutions seeking financial aid through this scholarship must apply by this date.
The research training program came into existence on January 1, 2017, by replacing the International Postgraduate Research Scholarships program. It’s an initiative of the Australian government to financially support meritorious domestic and international students seeking a research degree at one of the participating institutions.
The participating institutions are:
The scholarship program primarily covers full tuition fees, living expenses, and other additional expenses such as relocation cost to undertake the research work, cost of printing thesis and academic publication costs, and health cover costs for scholarship recipients and their dependents.
Students pursuing postgraduate research programs can avail of the benefits of the scholarship program for a duration of 2 years for full-time programs and 4 years for part-time programs, while doctoral students can avail the benefits for a maximum of 3-4 years.
In order to be eligible for this scholarship program, a student should:
A completed application form along with academic transcripts.
Students need to contact the scholarship department of their institution for the same.
Participating institutions are mainly responsible for making an application for the scholarship program on behalf of the students. Therefore, students need to directly contact the respective departments to obtain more information regarding the scholarship.
This fellowship scheme has been introduced to support meritorious female researchers hailing from APEC countries. This will help in promoting women’s economic development in APEC countries and encourage more women to participate in quality research work.
The scholarship primarily covers the travel allowance of AU$3000 for Asian students and AU$4,500 for South-American students; establishment allowance of AU$2000; monthly stipend of AU$3000; and monthly family allowance of AU$1200, if applicable.
The scholarship program mainly sponsors the research projects ranging between the duration of 1 and 4 months. Every academic year, 10 such scholarships are granted to the eligible students.
Students are eligible to be a recipient of this scholarship if they are:
While applying for the scholarship, students need to provide:
Usually the deadline falls in the second week of April, however, this year nothing has been announced about the deadline as the scholarship program will not be offered in the year 2020.
Application is made by sending a completed application form supplemented with all the supporting documents to the Australian APEC study center with the help of an email, fax, or by post.
The Australian educational institutes offer a wide range of scholarships to international students based on their scholastic aptitude. A few such scholarships provided by some of the reputed Australian institutes are:
We are hopeful that these scholarships will certainly aid you in realizing your dream of studying in Australia and have a lucrative career ahead!.