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Do you want to be a leader in your field and make a difference in Nepal?

Start preparing for your opportunity to gain a world class education and become an emerging leader for development with strong links to Australia.

Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships for study commencing in 2022 will open in early 2021. So now is the time to start preparing for your application, including ensuring that you satisfy the necessary English language requirements.

Australia Awards Scholarships for Nepal will be offered to undertake Master’s degree study programs in the priority development sectors of Economic Development, Education, Health, Governance, Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion, and Water Resource Management.

If you intend to apply for an Australia Awards Scholarship, you are encouraged to complete an IELTS (Academic), Internet-based TOEFL or PTE Academic language examination well before your application is due.

Information sessions 

Online information sessions will be offered as scheduled below:

  • February: Friday 12 and 26 February 2021
  • March: Friday 12 and 26 March 2021
  • April: Friday 9 April 2021

Registration for information sessions will open soon. Please check back in a few days to register for your desired session. 

Check your eligibility

To be eligible for an Australia Awards Scholarship, you must meet certain standards in English language proficiency, with the results valid as at 1 January 2022. At minimum, you must have:

  • an IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6.0; or
  • a TOEFL internet based (iBT) score of at least 84, with a minimum of 21 in all sub-tests; or
  • a PTE (Academic) overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

Women, people with disability, members of traditionally marginalised groups and nominated public servants will be considered for eligibility with an IELTS (Academic) overall score of 6.0 or above (with no individual band less than 5.5) or an equivalent TOEFL (iBT) or PTE (Academic) test score. However, if offered an Australia Awards Scholarship, these applicants must meet the English language requirements of their course.

English language testing

The cost of English language testing can be high. Proper preparation considering your individual needs is key to successfully submitting your application.

Please visit the following websites for more details:

Applicants with disability are encouraged to contact English language test organisations as early as possible, to apply for necessary testing accommodations.

What are Australia Awards?

Australia Awards are prestigious international Scholarships and Short Courses funded by the Australian Government. Australia Awards equip recipients with the skills and knowledge to drive change and contribute to the economic and social development of their own countries.

All recipients of Australia Awards become part of the Australia Global Alumni network, connecting them to Australia and to each other — building an engaged and influential global network of leaders and advocates, and establishing a network of ambassadors for Australia and its first-class education system.

An important area of focus for Australia Awards is the empowerment of women and the inclusion of people with disability and individuals from disadvantaged social groups.

Australia Awards participants

 

What are Australia Awards Scholarships?

Australia Awards Scholarships are long-term development awards administered by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. They aim to contribute to the development needs of Australia’s partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements.

They provide opportunities for people from developing countries, particularly those countries located in the Indo-Pacific region, to undertake full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian institutions.

For Nepal, Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for Master’s degree study in fields agreed with partner governments and aligned with Australia’s development, economic and public diplomacy priorities.

The study and research opportunities provided by Australia Awards Scholarships develop the skills and knowledge of individuals to drive change and contribute to development in their own countries.

For more information about Australia Awards, visit https://www.dfat.gov.au/sites/default/files/australia-awards-nepal-information-for-intake.pdf

 

What benefits are provided?

Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian higher education institution, including any preparatory training. Benefits include full tuition fees, return airfares, contribution to living expenses and medical insurance. Please check the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook for detailed information about Scholarship benefits and entitlements.

 

Scholarship conditions

Applicants who want to accept an Australia Awards Scholarship will need to sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring that they will comply with the conditions of the Australia Awards Scholarship. Scholars are required to leave Australia for a minimum of two years after completing their Scholarship.

 

Please be wary of false advertising and scams. Only refer to this website’s resources and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website here for information regarding the application process for Australia Awards Scholarships. No money is paid for an Australia Awards opportunity at any stage of the process.