Funding for International Students in Australia

For many Bangladeshi youngsters, studying abroad is like a dream come true—the feeling of which is amplified if your destination of choice is Australia. Contrary to popularly held misconceptions, Australia has great opportunities for funding available to international students; which can be found with some perseverance. A large number of different government organization-based scholarships are provided by the Australian Government and Australian Universities every year, which are available to applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, programs, course duration, etc. Besides, you can be on the lookout for department or program-specific waivers, which will often be awarded to exceptional students.

Here are just a few of the more widely known scholarship options available to international students in Australia:

1. Australia Awards

Previously known as the Australian Development Scholarships (ADS in short), Australia Awards focus on development in the long run. These awards are overseen by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and are funded jointly by the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), as well as the Department of Education (DoE). This award is designed to provide prospects for people from developing nations, specifically those that are located in the Indo-Pacific region. Students with great potential are thus encouraged to undertake full-time undergraduate/ postgraduate study at participating Australian universities and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions. This specific scholarship usually offers these privileges, as listed below:

  1. Complete waiver of tuition fees (for entire course duration) [conditions may apply]
  2. Return air travel ticket to home country
  3. Allowance to help you settle down
  4. Contribution to living expenses (CLE), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC); etc.

It is truly one of the most reputable Australian scholarships out there, which means that it is, without a doubt, very competitive in nature. You will need to maintain a certain level of CGPA and attendance once you receive the award in order to make sure that it keeps getting renewed throughout your course.

2. International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

Interested in conducting research using state-of-the-art technology and world-class methodology? If so, the IPRS program has been designed to allow exceptional international students to accept a postgraduate research qualification in Australia and gain experience in their field of expertise by working alongside the crème de la crème of Australian researchers. In this program, any awarded scholarships will remain valid for up to two years for a Masters’s by research degree; or up to three years for a Doctorate by research degree. The costs that this scholarship will cover are:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Cost of getting an OSHC (Australian healthcare plan international students MUST have)

Both of the above funding options have strict guidelines to be followed, and each year, the process seems to get a little more competitive. If you want to see whether you can find other funding options that could be easier to get (such as department, program, or university-specific scholarships, grants or bursaries), you can find a list of the top university scholarships here:

1. Charles Darwin University Vice-Chancellor’s International High Achievers Scholarships

  • Eligibility: International students are known for showing academic distinction and high achievement (provided that they are looking to start an Undergraduate/Postgraduate by Coursework degree at CDU).
  • The extent of funding: A limited number of 25-50% waiver on the tuition fees

2. Macquarie University International Scholarships

  • Eligibility: Be an extraordinary student enrolled in an Undergraduate/Postgraduate degree at the North Ryde campus of Macquarie University
  • The extent of funding: Partial tuition fee scholarship of various amounts (of up to 10,000 AUD in monetary value)

3. Griffith Remarkable Scholarships

  • Eligibility: Be an academically exceptional student enrolled in an Undergraduate/Postgraduate degree by Coursework course at Griffith University
  • The extent of Funding: 50% tuition fee waiver for selected candidates for the entire course duration

There are also many Australian institutions that have a wide variety of scholarships for which international students can apply. Some other renowned Australian institutions that frequently give out scholarships to international students have been highlighted below:

  1. University of Adelaide (Adelaide Scholarships International)
  2. Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Scholarships (Undergraduate/ Postgraduate)
  3. Flinders University (Flinders International Postgraduate Scholarships)
  4. Deakin University

Each university will usually have different policies on funding and will often offer lucrative options to attract international students to study in one of their programs. If you have not been able to find a scholarship that fits your bill, you could try getting directly in touch with the Dean of your department or even a professor!

For any young individual on the look for top-notch education coupled with affordability, Australia should definitely top your list of probable destinations. If you have more queries and are eager to explore more funding options available to international students in Australia, contact us at PFEC Global—today!

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