Applicants must include their course and institution preferences when submitting their application for a scholarship. To do this, applicants are expected to research institutions to identify the most appropriate course of study which meets their learning objectives and reintegration plans.
Australia Awards Scholarships are available only for courses listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS), which lists all Australian education providers that offer courses to people studying in Australia on student visas.
The Australian Government website Study In Australia is another important resource.
Although applicants are not required to secure an offer directly from the institution, it is important for applicants to consider the course pre-requisite requirements and ensure their suitability.
Once candidates are selected for an Australia Awards Scholarship, the Australia Awards team will coordinate directly with the institution to secure their placement.
Candidates who fail to meet the course pre-requisite requirements may be required to withdraw their scholarship.
English Language Requirements
Candidates selected for an Australia Awards Scholarship, may be required to undertake an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test depending on their preferred institution’s requirements.
It is not mandatory to submit an IELTS test as part of the application, however applicants are encouraged to consider the institution’s IELTS requirements when considering suitable courses.
- For Fiji candidates, IELTS are undertaken in-country and administered by CHES in Suva.
- For Tuvalu candidates, IELTS are undertaken in-country and administered with the University of Auckland.
Australia Awards will coordinate these tests on behalf of the candidate.
Candidates who fail to meet the course pre-requisite requirements (including IELTS), may be required to withdraw their scholarship.
For further information, including IELTS preparation tips, refer to IELTS
Selected candidates are required to apply and meet the conditions of a Student Visa (subclass 500). Student Visas are considered and approved by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). For further information, visit: Student visa (subclass 500)
Health examination & Biometric register
As part of the visa application process, selected candidates will be required to undertake a full medical examination (undertaken by a DFAT-approved panel doctor) and complete the My Health Declaration.
Following the health examination, selected candidates will be requested to register their biometrics with the Australian immigration agents. This will form part of the candidates’ visa application and be considered as part of the approval process.
For further information, visit: Meeting health requirement
Candidates who fail to meet the student visa (sub-class 500) requirements will be required to withdraw their scholarship.