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Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships are open now until 30 April 2024 11:59 AEST (19:44 NPT).

Australia Awards are prestigious international Scholarships and Short Courses funded by the Australian Government. An Australia Awards Scholarship provides the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised master’s degree from a globally-recognised Australian institution. It includes all the necessary support and funding to complete your study.

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.

Your career will benefit from new knowledge, leadership skills and the links you create both in Australia and through the Australia Global Alumni network. On your return home, you can make a vital contribution to the social and economic development of Nepal.

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.

The application process is transparent and competitive, providing equal opportunity to all eligible applicants, regardless of gender, ethnicity or disability.

Scholarships support master’s programs within these priority development sectors:

  • Climate Change
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion
  • Governance
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Sustainable Infrastructure Development

 

To apply:

  • read the supplied documentation and information on this website
  • check your eligibility
  • consider your goals and the development needs of your country
  • research available university courses
  • prepare required supporting documentation
  • submit your application on OASIS before the closing date.
  • These documents contain essential information about Australia Awards Scholarships in Nepal for studies commencing in 2025. All prospective applicants should review this information carefully.

Information for study commencing in 2025 (Country Profile – Nepal)

Indicative Fields of Study for Scholarships

  • 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.

To learn more about Australia Awards Scholarships, applicants are strongly advised to attend an information session and a course advice session.

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Below is a guide to the general eligibility requirements applicants must meet. Please review the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook for a comprehensive list.

Personal criteria

Applicants must:

  • be over 18 years old
  • be a citizen of Nepal and currently residing in, and applying, from Nepal
  • not be married, engaged to, or a de facto of a person who holds, or is eligible to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency
  • not be applying for a visa to live in Australia permanently
  • not be current serving military personnel.

Study program criteria

Applicants must:

  • have a proposed study program within one of the identified priority sectors
  • be applying for a master’s program with a proposed course of study of no more than two years
  • have not completed a qualification that is deemed to be equivalent to the Australian qualification they are applying for – Scholarships will not be available for courses of study in Australia where the applicant already has achieved that qualification, and the qualification is deemed to be equivalent to the Australian qualification at the same level.

Academic and work experience criteria

Applicants must possess one of the following:

  • a minimum four-year bachelor’s degree and minimum three years’ relevant full-time work experience earned after the bachelor’s degree, or
  • a three-year bachelor’s degree with at least a one-year master’s degree with a minimum of three years’ relevant full-time work experience earned after the bachelor’s degree, or
  • a two-year bachelor’s degree with at least a two-year master’s degree with a minimum of three years’ relevant full-time work experience earned after the bachelor’s degree.

English language test score criteria

Applicants must possess one of the following English language test scores valid on 1 January 2025:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 or higher (with all band scores 6.0 or higher), or
  • TOEFL (Internet-based) 84 or higher (with all subtest scores 21 or higher), or
  • PTE (Academic) 58 or higher (with all communicative skill scores 50 or higher).

Women, people with disability, members of traditionally marginalised groups and public servants will be considered for eligibility with IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 or higher (with all band scores 5.5 or higher) or an equivalent TOEFL (Internet-based) or PTE (Academic) test score. However, if offered an Australia Awards Scholarship, these applicants must meet the English language requirements of their preferred university and degree before commencing study.

Applicants with disability who require testing accommodations are encouraged to register early for English language tests.

For any clarification, please contact the Australia Awards – Nepal office.

Applicants must submit all the relevant supporting documents listed in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook. Applicants must also provide the following documents to meet the specific requirements for Nepal:

Required document OASIS (Online Australian Scholarships Information System)
document type
Certified by a notary public
Passport Proof of citizenship Yes
Copy of original degree certificates issued by examination boards including School Leaving Certificate (SLC) or equivalent and above (not character, migration, or provisional certificates) Degree certificate Yes
Academic transcripts specifying divisions/ grades from SLC or equivalent onwards Academic transcript Yes
IELTS, TOEFL or PTE certificate (valid on 1 January 2025) Proof of English language proficiency Yes
Master’s degree by coursework applicants: two referee reports (one academic and one professional) (in specified format)

Master’s degree by research applicants: three referee reports (two academic and one professional) (in specified format)

Referee reports No
Development Impact and Linkages Plan (in specified format) Other document No
Curriculum Vitae* (in specified format) Other document No
Employment letter (if currently employed) and all past employment experience letters Other document No
Master’s degree by research applicants only: research proposal and evidence of communication with potential supervisor providing in-principle support for research proposal (in specified format) Other document No

 

Applicants are requested to compile documents into single PDFs by document category, appropriately name files (e.g., ‘Degree Certificates,’ ‘Transcripts,’ ‘Referee Reports’) and ensure scans are complete, legible and in correct page orientation and order.

Where documents are denoted as requiring a specified format, applicants must download and use these current templates from the section below. Documents not complying with the specified format or using a format from a previous application round will not be accepted.

* For awards, honours, commendations and achievements listed, please upload supporting evidence compiled in a single PDF as ‘other document.’

Download and use these required templates for the following application components:

CV – Template

Development Impact and Linkages Plan – Template

Referee Report – Template

 

The following is a guide for master’s degree by research applicants only, who must submit a research proposal outline as part of their application, alongside evidence of communication with potential supervisor as noted above. Research Proposal Outline – Guide

The application process

Want to learn more about the application process? This following video will take you through some crucial steps.

 

Your development contribution

Applicants are expected to have clear ideas about how they will contribute to Nepal’s development on their return. Before beginning their applications, applicants should consider the links between their academic and professional goals and their country’s development needs. All applicants are required to submit the Development Impact and Linkages Plan (DILP) as part of their application.

Watch a video guide on how to prepare an effective DILP.

 

How to find Australian universities and programs

The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) has information about Australian university courses available to international students, including applicants for Australia Awards Scholarships.

It is important to read the information on CRICOS carefully because not all courses are available to international students. Visit university websites to confirm that selected courses are offered to international students.

Each course at a university in Australia available to international students has a unique code. This number is an important identifier of the courses you select. It must be accurate when you type it into your application.

Applicants are advised to approach the University for any queries on CRICOS code and availability of courses for studies in 2025.

Alumni-applicants mentorship opportunity

Australia Awards – Nepal is offering a mentorship opportunity in which applicants may learn from the application experiences of Scholarships alumni. Where possible, mentors are assigned according to their relevance to the mentees’ professional background and proposed study program. To ensure that mentorship is optimised and professional, both mentor and mentee must comply with provided guidelines. Australia Awards – Nepal will facilitate initial introductions between alumni and mentees, after which mentor and mentee will decide on mode and frequency of meetings.

Mentee spaces are limited. Only applicants who meet eligibility requirements may be considered for the program. Please contact the Australia Awards – Nepal office at inquiries@australiaawardsnepal.org with subject line ‘Mentorship’ for more information.

1.Lodging an application

Applications are lodged through an online system OASIS and are valid only if all sections are completed.

2.Eligibility checks

Each application will be checked against the eligibility criteria and documents requirements. Each application will be either eligible or ineligible. Only eligible applications will be considered in the next stage of the selection process.

3.Assessment

Applications are independently assessed, ranked and forwarded to the Australian Government for consideration.

4.Shortlisting

Not all eligible applicants continue in the selection process. The focus is on applicants who demonstrate clear development outcomes that will benefit Nepal on their return. Only shortlisted applicants are invited to the selection interview.

5.Interview and recommendation

Shortlisted applicants are invited to a selection interview, which may consist of a written exercise in addition to a panel interview. The selection panel recommends candidates who meet the selection criteria and best demonstrate how they will contribute to the development outcomes in Nepal. The number of recommendations depends on the number of Scholarships available to Nepal.

6.Scholarship offer

The Australian Government considers all recommendations before offering Scholarships. A Scholarship is offered subject to a confirmed place at a university and candidates meeting visa requirements to study in Australia.

Social inclusion

The Australian Government values contributions from all people. It seeks equity and broad participation by all groups in society. This includes women, people from traditionally marginalised groups and people with disability. The selection process for Australia Awards takes into account barriers to participation faced by applicants from under-represented groups, with the aim of improving their competitiveness.

Applicants who have not had opportunities in the past to study outside Nepal have preference over those who have already had that opportunity.

Disability support

Reasonable disability support (academic and non-academic) is provided to recipients with disability based on a ‘needs’ assessment. The objective is to allow their participation on an equal basis with other Australia Awards recipients. Academic support may comprise of reasonable adjustments to support academic endeavours such as access to and training in the use of assistive technology and/or additional academic assistance. Reasonable non-academic support may comprise of full-time or part-time carers and equipment such as wheelchairs or specialised computer hardware. Australian institutions are very experienced in providing disability support.

Applicants with disability are encouraged to notify Australia Awards — Nepal of all disabilities and pre-existing medical conditions when applying for a Scholarship. Early and full notification of disability will not negatively affect the assessment of an applicant’s eligibility or placement and will enable the Australia Awards office to consider appropriate support throughout the selection process. For further information on disability inclusive support, please refer to the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook.

Under Australian law, disability includes physical, intellectual, psychiatric, sensory, neurological and learning disability, physical disfigurement, and the presence in the body of disease-causing organisms. More information on the Australian definition of disability and the rights of people with disability in Australia is available on DFAT’s website and the Australian Human Rights Commission’s website.

Name of the site Description 
Australia Awards information – Australian Government website This is the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) dedicated page about how to apply for an Australia Awards Scholarship.
OASIS (User Guide) Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships must be submitted online through DFAT’s Online Australia Awards Scholarships Information System (OASIS). The OASIS User Guide will help you through the application process.
Study Australia Universities and Courses in Australia The Australian Government’s Study Australia website has everything you need to know about studying, living and working in Australia as an international student, including a course search tool to help you find and compare courses before making your choice.
Study Australia List of Australia’s universities Australia is home to 41 universities. The Study Australia website lists them all, including links to each university’s own website, and provides a map that shows campus locations across all Australian states and territories.
Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) The Australian Government’s Department of Education maintains a register of all Australian education providers that offer courses to people studying in Australia on student visas, and the courses that each provider offers. Applicants are advised to approach the University for any queries on CRICOS code and availability of courses for studies in 2025.
Scholarship applicants must meet the English language proficiency requirements specified by Australia Awards for their country. DFAT will accept results from any of the English language tests outlined at these links.
Department of Home Affairs (Student Visa: sub class 500) To study in Australia, you must hold a valid student visa (subclass 500). This page from the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs provides more information.

For further information, contact the Australia Awards office in Nepal:
+977 1 4002614
inquiries@australiaawardsnepal.org

 

 

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