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Scholarships to study in Australia 

Looking for scholarships in Australia for Indian students? We’ve got the list.

Australian universities and colleges provide a wide range of scholarships to meritorious international students to help them fund their studies. Apart from this, many scholarships, grants and bursaries are also offered by the Australian government, public and private establishments. Before you apply to any of these scholarships, do check the eligibility and criteria, along with the closing date. 

What is the criteria for applying to scholarships to study in Australia for Indian students?

The primary criterion for most scholarships is a good academic score, however, it also depends on factors such as your chosen destination, subject and level. In some scholarships, factors like extracurricular activities, and volunteering can also be used to advantage. 

You may need to declare scores of an English language proficiency test such as IELTS, which is commonly accepted by all Australian institutions. 

What amount of money is available through scholarships?

Most scholarships to study in Australia cover tuition fee although some may also cover living or travelling expenses. Research programs at times offer up to 100% scholarship to students including tuition fee and living expenses. Do note that the amount of money available and type of award varies as per your institution. Getting a scholarship is competitive and so, you must apply well ahead in time. We recommend you start with the procedure about 8-12 months before the preferred intake begins. 

Here are some popular scholarship programs you can apply to study in Australia as an Indian student:


Name of the scholarships



Australian Government Research and Training Program (AGRTP)

  • Funded by the Australian Government, it covers a student’s tuition fee and health insurance for up to three years

  • Supports a student’s (local and international) Research Doctorate and Research Master’s degree

  • Value is $28,092 per annum made fortnightly

  • Deadline:

  1. Round 1: 31st August 2020

  2. Round 2: 15th April 2021

(Sources: *https://www.education.gov.au/research-training-program *https://www.anu.edu.au/study/scholarships/find-a-scholarship/australian-government-research-training-program-agrtp-stipend)


Australia Awards

  • Funded by the Department of Education and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT)

  • Aims to provide students from developing regions an opportunity to pursue their UG/PG program at participating universities in Australia and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions

  • Includes full tuition fees, airfare, living expenses, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other allied expenses for two years

  • Scholars must return to India upon completion of studies 



Endeavour Leadership Program

  • This scholarship aims to encourage international students to study in regional Australia to regionally develop tertiary education providers in Australia and provide a learning experience to its students 

  • The value of the funding is $15,000 for each scholarship, yearly, and $1,500 in promotional and administration assistance for each scholarship annually

  • Funding is available for each year depending on your qualification as you remain eligible, for up to the duration of four years

  • Connect with your IDP counsellor for more info on 2020 applications 

(Sources: *https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants *https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/English/Australian-Education/Scholarships)


John Allwright Fellowship (JAF)

  • Provides scientists from partner countries engaged in the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) research projects with the opportunity to obtain postgraduate qualifications at Australian tertiary institutions

  • It provides PhD and master’s scholarships on an annual basis to agricultural researchers and administered through the Australia Awards system

  • Connect with your IDP counsellor for more info on 2020 applications 


 *This is an indicative list, speak with your IDP counsellor for details and best available options suited to your profile

Most Australian universities and colleges also have their own list of scholarships for Indian students. Don’t worry if you get stuck anywhere, our international education experts will be more than happy to guide you through.

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