Application Deadline: 15th December 2017 | Application for Short Courses closes 15th January 2018.

About the Award:

Australia Awards, a cornerstone of the Australian Government’s development assistance program for Africa, provide access to postgraduate education, training, and professional development opportunities for suitably qualified Africans from eligible countries. On their return to the workplace, Australia Awards Alumni are expected to contribute actively to development in their home countries.

Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, Cape Verde, Comoros, Congo(Republic of), Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia etc

In addition to the above, the following countries are eligible for Short Course Awards (SCAs)

Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Mauritania, Niger, North Sudan, Republic of Guinea, South Sudan

To be taken at: African or Australian Universities.

Priority Fields (varies by African country)

  • Agriculture/Food Security
  • Education
  • Health
  • Public Policy (including public sector management, public sector reform, trade, international diplomacy)
  • Environmental Management
  • Natural Resource Management (including mining related subjects)
  • Technical and Vocational Education & Training (available for Short Courses only)
  • Energy (including Natural Gas and Oil Technology)
  • Infrastructure
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Transport (including Ports, Roads and Airports Management)

Offered Since: 1980

Australian Scholarships

Type: Masters taught degrees and short courses



Varies by country (see link below for specific country eligibility criteria)

  • You must be at least 25 and not more than 50 years of age at the date of your application.
  • You must have at least three (3) years’ relevant post graduate work experience. This work experience must be in a role relevant to your proposed field of study and to your employment organization type (e.g. public sector applicants should demonstrate public sector work experience, and so on). Preference will be given to candidates with greater periods of experience.
  • You possess, as a minimum, a Bachelors degree (or the equivalent) from a recognized Institution of at least 4 years in length with at least a 3rd Class Pass.
  • Public sector candidates must comply with Government of Nigeria regulations for government employees wishing to apply for scholarships.
  • The public sector, the private sector, and civil society candidates must provide evidence of completion of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) when they apply.
  • You must not already hold, or be studying for, a Masters degree.
  • You must be willing to make a formal commitment to return to your current employment following completion of the award.
  • You must meet the general minimum eligibility criteria for Australia Awards Scholarships – refer to the Australia Awards Scholarships policy handbook.

Target Group

  • You are a national of an African country. See country list below
  • You are an early or mid-career professional working in the Public Sector, the Private Sector or a Non-Government Organisation (Civil Society) in one of the listed priority fields of study.
  • You wish to undertake a Masters degree in Australia in one of the listed priority fields of study. You cannot study a Masters of Business Administration.
  • You have a clear vision for how you will use the knowledge gained through the Master’s degree to improve policy, practice or education in the proposed field of study.
  • Gender Equality: Australia Awards target equal participation by women and men. Applications from women are strongly encouraged, and mechanisms are in place to support women applicants and Awardees.
  • Disability Inclusion: Australia Awards aim to ensure that people with a disability are given fair and equal opportunity to compete for and obtain a scholarship. Applications from people with a disability are strongly encouraged. Mechanisms are in place to support applicants and Awardees requiring specific assistance.

Number of Scholarships: Up to 1,000

Value of Scholarships: This is a Full government sponsored scholarship

Duration of Scholarship: For the duration of the program

How to Apply:

 Go to the following link:

Select your country of origin. Follow the specific instruction on the page.

Sponsors: Australia Awards in Africa (AAA), an initiative of the Australian Government

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  1. Am stellah from Tanzania am a nurse midwife iWork with international. Organization I need to upgrade my career to bachelor will be possible

  2. I’m Santo Ak.Majok, seeking for scholarship going to Australia for further studies,am going to commencing my bachelor’s degree in health….. I wishes I will be successful as mentioned above please, I’m South Sudanese by by birth and Nationality.

  3. I am Seyoum Tesfahunegn, from Ethiopia. I have graduated by agriculture, B.Sc in plant science at Haromaya University which is famous university in the country by agriculture, and have about a year experience in governmental sector and more than 6 years in agricultural business/farming at private sector as agronomist and campany manager. So would you join with that opportunity? I hope i will get the chance regarding to my interest and experience.

  4. I am Antônio Pedro Gelasio from Angola, graduate in law. I want to finally study in abroard. So l would to request your university to avail me with a master in law that would improve skills and knowledge to adress bigger challenges. Thank you very much to listen from you soon.

    • I am a senior high school graduate from Ghana I offered home economic as a course and I want to finally study in abroad but my results is weak can I be giving the opportunity?

  5. Am a Cameroonian and a holder of HND diploma in agricultural sciences I have been doing voluntary service at the northwest divisional delegation of agriculture in my country I wish to further studies in ur university .Thanks

  6. Am a south Sudanese student who graduated in BA social sciences. Since then, I have employed myself by building a medium scale business to cater for my lifefillyhood and people around me. So would request your office to avail me with a Master’s in Business Administration that would improve skills and knowledge to address bigger challenges in business sphere. Thanks hope to listen from you soon.

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