Australia Awards in Africa (formerly Australian Development Scholarships, ADS) for 1000 African Students and Professionals

Australian GovernmentCourses: Available courses
Level: Postgraduate (Masters, PhD, Short Courses) Degree
Provider: Australian Government
Coutry to Study in: Africa, Australia

Description: The Australia Awards in Africa (AAA), an initiative of the Australian Government is a pan-African program of development scholarships and fellowships that offers 1,000 postgraduate scholarships each year to eligible African professionals.

Australia is committed to developing the capacity and leadership skills of Africans to enable them to contribute effectively to development in their home countries.

Over the past three years, the number of scholarships available for African professionals has increased ten-fold to a total of 1,000 development awards annually. One-quarter of all Australia’s development scholarships are now directed to Africa.

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.

The Australia Awards currently comprise two types of scholarship: Australian Awards Scholarships to undertake higher degree studies in Australia at Masters level (the Master Awards) AND Australia Awards – Africa Fellowships, to undertake short-term, targeted professional training courses, in Australia and/or in Africa, in a range of development-focused sectors (the Africa Fellowships & the Australia Awards Fellowships).

The 2014/15 Australian Development Scholarships applications are now open for up to 1,000 African Students.

Eligibility: You are only eligible for an Award if these apply:

  • You must not be 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 organisation 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 your country regulations for government employees wishing to apply for scholarships
  • Public sector, private sector and civil society candidates must provide evidence of completion of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) (for Nigerian candidates- visit adsafrica.com.au for country specific requirements) 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

Target Groups

  • 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 Masters 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.

Eligible Groups
African 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

In addition to the above, the following countries were eligible for the Short Course Awards (SCAs) for the 2013 Intake: Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Mauritania, Niger, North Sudan, Republic of Guinea, South Sudan

Please refer to the country-specific pages (see METHOD OF APPLICATION below) for specific country-based scholarship information and submission deadlines for the 2014/15 Intake. Sectors of focus for ADS are agreed with each participating Partner Government. The country specific information for applicants’ home country will indicate what those priority sectors are.

Participating Institution(s): All accredited institutions of higher learning in Africa and.or Australia

Fields of Study: Masters level, Doctoral level and Short term professional training courses in various fields specific for different countries (see ‘country specific details’ from link below).

Award types Include:

  • Short Course Awards are available for studies in a range of priority sectors including Agriculture, Maternal and Child Health, Mining Governance and Public Policy. Studies are conducted at locations in Africa and in Australia for periods up to 3 months. Short course awards are available to eligible applicants from 51 African countries.
  • Long-Term Awards are postgraduate scholarships that lead to an academic qualification from an Australian university. For studies commencing in 2014, Long-Term Awards are available to eligible applicants from 28 African countries.

Two types of Fellowships are available. The first one, Africa Fellowships, offers opportunities for short post-graduate training delivered in Australia and/or in Africa for up to three months. The second type, Australia Awards Fellowships, managed from Canberra, Australia; aim to develop leadership, address priority regional development issues, and build partnerships and linkages between Australian organisations and partner organisations in developing countries, including countries in Africa.

Australia Awards (Fellowships)
Priority areas are:

  • Agriculture/Food Security (Soil and Water Conservation Agriculture, Livestock and Post-harvest Management)
  • Mining (Geospatial Information Systems, Managing the Social and Environmental Impacts of Mining and Mining Resources: Regulation and Revenue Management)
  • Public Policy (including Diplomacy, Public-Private Partnerships and Trade)

Australia Awards Scholarships (Masters Level)
The Current Priority Fields for 2014/15 include:

  • Agriculture/Food Security
  • Education
  • Health (including HIV/AIDS)
  • Public Policy (including public sector management, public sector reform, trade, international diplomacy)
  • Technical and Vocational Education & Training (available for Short Courses only)

Number of awards: Up to 1000 scholarship awards will be granted

Sponsorship duration: For the whole duration of the Masters degree study, PhD program or short course stay

Scholarship benefits: This is a FULL government-sponsored award – thus covers full financial support for the postgraduate programmes

Method of Application: Visit the official country page OR the Africa country map. Select your country of origin (if country page) OR hover over the Africa map (if Africa country map). Follow the country-specific details and instructions to apply.

DEADLINES: Applications will be accepted for the Australia Awards from 1st September 2013. Applications will only be received over a 4 month period from September to December each year.

The closing date for the 2014/15 Australia Awards Scholarships is 13 December 2013 for Masters level Awards and 17 January 2014 for the Africa Fellowships.

PLEASE NOTE: Application from women and people with disability is strongly encouraged

To find out more information on country-specific information, eligibility criteria and application process for the two types of awards, please go to your country page.

The awards below were previously considered in past years:

  • Australian Leadership Award Scholarships: Supplementary scholarships for recipients of Masters-level Awards that aim to enhance leadership in tackling development challenges; AND
  • Australian Leadership Award Fellowships: Fellowships hosted by an Australian organisation that are intended to build long-term relationships between Australia and African professionals

Contact: Should you require further information on the Australia Awards in Africa program, you are encouraged to go through the Frequently Asked Questions AND/OR to contact the providers directly.

Application Deadline: 13 December 2013 / 17 January 2014
Open to International Students: Yes (ONLY Africans)

Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) for 1000 African Students and Professionals

Australian GovernmentCourses: Available courses
Level: Postgraduate (Masters, PhD, short courses) Degree
Provider: Australian Government
For Which Country: Africa, Australia

Scholarship Description: The Australia Awards in Africa (AAA), an initiative of the Australian Government, is a pan-African program of development scholarships and fellowships that offers 1,000 postgraduate scholarships each year to eligible African professionals.

Australia is committed to developing the capacity and leadership skills of Africans to enable them to contribute effectively to development in their home countries. 

Over the past three years, the number of scholarships available for African professionals has increased ten-fold to a total of 1,000 development awards annually. One-quarter of all Australia’s development scholarships are now directed to Africa.

The Australia Awards currently comprise two types of scholarship: Australian Awards Scholarships, to undertake higher degree studies in Australia at Masters level (the Master Awards) AND Australia Awards – Africa Fellowships, to undertake short-term, targeted professional training courses, in Australia and/or in Africa, in a range of development-focused sectors (the Africa Fellowships & the Australia Awards Fellowships).

The 2014/15 Australian Development Scholarships applications are now open for up to 1,000 African Students.

Eligibility: You are only eligible for an Award if these apply:

  • You must not be 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 organisation 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 your country regulations for government employees wishing to apply for scholarships
  • Public sector, private sector and civil society candidates must provide evidence of completion of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) (for Nigerian candidates- visit adsafrica.com.au for country specific requirements) 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

Target Groups

  • 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 Masters 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.

Eligible Groups
African 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

In addition to the above, the following countries were eligible for the Short Course Awards (SCAs) for the 2013 Intake: Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Mauritania, Niger, North Sudan, Republic of Guinea, South Sudan

Please refer to the country-specific pages (see METHOD OF APPLICATION below) for specific country-based scholarship information and submission deadlines for the 2014/15 Intake. Sectors of focus for ADS are agreed with each participating Partner Government. The country specific information for applicants’ home country will indicate what those priority sectors are.

Participating Institution(s): All accredited institutions of higher learning in Africa and.or Australia

Fields of Study: Masters level, Doctoral level and Short term professional training courses in various fields specific for different countries (see ‘country specific details’ from link below).

Scholarships for Masters studies in Australia are offered to eligible African candidates for postgraduate studies commencing in 2014.

Two types of Fellowships are available. The first one, Africa Fellowships, offers opportunities for short post-graduate training delivered in Australia and/or in Africa for up to three months. The second type, Australia Awards Fellowships, managed from Canberra, Australia; aim to develop leadership, address priority regional development issues, and build partnerships and linkages between Australian organisations and partner organisations in developing countries, including countries in Africa.

The Current Priority Fields for 2014/15 Include:

  • Agriculture/Food Security
  • Education
  • Health (including HIV/AIDS)
  • Public Policy (including public sector management, public sector reform, trade, international diplomacy)
  • Technical and Vocational Education & Training (available for Short Courses only)

Long-Term Awards are postgraduate scholarships that lead to an academic qualification from an Australian university. For studies commencing in 2014, Long-Term Awards are available to eligible applicants from 28 African countries.

Short Course Awards are available for studies in a range of priority sectors including Agriculture, Maternal and Child Health, Mining Governance and Public Policy. Studies are conducted at locations in Africa and in Australia for periods up to 3 months. Short course awards are available to eligible applicants from 51 African countries.

Number of awards: Up to 1000 scholarship awards will be granted

Sponsorship duration: For the whole duration of the Masters degree study, PhD program or short course stay

Scholarship benefits: This is a FULL government-sponsored award – thus covers full financial support for the postgraduate programmes

Method of Application: Visit the official country page OR the Africa country map. Select your country of origin (if country page) OR hover over the Africa map (if Africa country map). Follow the country-specific details and instructions to apply.

DEADLINES: Applications will be accepted for the Australia Awards from 1st September 2013. Applications will only be received over a 4 month period from September to December each year.

The closing date for the 2014/15 Australia Awards Scholarships is 13 December 2013 for Masters level Awards and 17 January 2014 for the Africa Fellowships.

PLEASE NOTE: Application from women and people with disability is strongly encouraged

To find out more information on country-specific information, eligibility criteria and application process for the two types of awards, please go to your country page.

The awards below were previously considered in past years:

  • Australian Leadership Award Scholarships: Supplementary scholarships for recipients of Masters-level Awards that aim to enhance leadership in tackling development challenges; AND
  • Australian Leadership Award Fellowships: Fellowships hosted by an Australian organisation that are intended to build long-term relationships between Australia and African professionals

Contact: Should you require further information on the Australia Awards in Africa program, you are encouraged to go through the Frequently Asked Questions AND/OR to contact the providers directly.

Application Deadline: 13 December 2013 / 17 January 2014
Open to International Students: Yes (ONLY Africans)

Australian Awards Scholarships for 1,000 African Students 2014

 Australia Awards in Africa (AAA)Description: Applications is open from 1st September for Australia Awards Scholarships and Australia Awards – Africa Fellowships 2014/2015. There are two categories of Award: The Master Awards and the Africa Fellowships

Priority Fields

  • Agriculture/Food Security
  • Education
  • Health (including HIV/AIDS)
  • Public Policy (including public sector management, public sector reform, trade, international diplomacy)
  • Technical and Vocational Education & Training (available for Short Courses only)

Long-Term Awards are postgraduate scholarships that lead to an academic qualification from an Australian university. For studies commencing in 2014, Long-Term Awards are available to eligible applicants from 28 African countries.

Short Course Awards are available for studies in a range of priority sectors including Agriculture, Maternal and Child Health, Mining Governance and Public Policy. Studies are conducted at locations in Africa and in Australia for periods up to 3 months. Short course awards are available to eligible applicants from 51 African countries.

About Scholarship: Australia Awards in Africa (AAA), an initiative of the Australian Government, is a pan-African program of development scholarships and fellowships that offers 1,000 postgraduate scholarships each year to eligible African professionals.

Australia is committed to developing the capacity and leadership skills of Africans to enable them to contribute effectively to development in their home countries. Over the past three years, the number of scholarships available for African professionals has increased ten-fold to a total of 1,000 development awards annually. One-quarter of all Australia’s development scholarships are now directed to Africa.

Scholarship Offered Since: 1980

Scholarship Type: Masters and PhD Scholarships for Africans

Who is Qualified to Apply:

  • You must not be 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 organisation 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 recognised Institution of at least 4 years in length with at least a 3rd Class Pass.
  • Public sector candidates must comply with Government of your country regulations for government employees wishing to apply for scholarships
  • Public sector, private sector and civil society candidates must provide evidence of completion of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) (for Nigerian candidates- visit adsafrica.com.au for country specific requirements) 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

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 Masters 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 programme

Eligible African 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

In addition to the above, the following countries are eligible for Short Course Awards (SCAs) for the 2013 Intake

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

Application Ends By: The closing date for Australia Awards Scholarships is 13 December 2013 for Masters level Awards and 17 January 2014  for Africa Fellowships.

Offered Annually: Yes

How to Apply: Go to the following link: http://australiaawardsafrica.org/africa-map/

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

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

Important Notes: Application from women and people with disability is stronglyencouraged

Australian Awards Scholarships for 1,000 African Students 2014-2015

Australian GovernmentDescription:Applications is open from 1st September for Australia Award Scholarships and Australia Awards-Africa Fellowships 2014/2015. There are two categories of Award: The Master Awards and the Africa Fellowships

Priority Fields

  • Agriculture/Food Security
  • Education
  • Health (including HIV/AIDS)
  • Public Policy (including public sector management, public sector reform, trade, international diplomacy)
  • Technical and Vocational Education & Training (available for Short Courses only)

Long-Term Awards are postgraduate scholarships that lead to an academic qualification from an Australian university. For studies commencing in 2014, Long-Term Awards are available to eligible applicants from 28 African countries.

Short Course Awards are available for studies in a range of priority sectors including Agriculture, Maternal and Child Health, Mining Governance and Public Policy. Studies are conducted at locations in Africa and in Australia for periods up to 3 months. Short course awards are available to eligible applicants from 51 African countries.

About Scholarship: Australia Awards in Africa (AAA), an initiative of the Australian Government, is a pan-African program of development scholarships and fellowships that offers 1,000 postgraduate scholarships each year to eligible African professionals.

Australia is committed to developing the capacity and leadership skills of Africans to enable them to contribute effectively to development in their home countries. Over the past three years, the number of scholarships available for African professionals has increased ten-fold to a total of 1,000 development awards annually. One-quarter of all Australia’s development scholarships are now directed to Africa.

Scholarship Offered Since: 1980

Scholarship Type: Masters and PhD Scholarships for Africans

Who is Qualified to Apply:

  • You must not be 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 organisation 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 recognised Institution of at least 4 years in length with at least a 3rd Class Pass.
  • Public sector candidates must comply with Government of your country regulations for government employees wishing to apply for scholarships
  • Public sector, private sector and civil society candidates must provide evidence of completion of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) (for Nigerian candidates- visit adsafrica.com.au for country specific requirements) 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

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 Masters 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 Programme

Eligible African 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

In addition to the above, the following countries are eligible for Short Course Awards (SCAs) for the 2013 Intake

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

Application Ends By: The closing date for Australia Awards Scholarships is 13 December 2013 for Masters level Awards and 17 January 2014  for Africa Fellowships.

Offered Annually: Yes

How to Apply: Go to the Following Link: http://australiaawardsafrica.org/africa-map/

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

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

Important Notes: Application from women and people with disability is stronglyencouraged

Updated: Australian Development Scholarships for 1,000 African Students 2013-2014

Updated: Australian Development Scholarships for 1,000 African Students 2013-2014Description: The 2013/2014 Masters Australian Development Scholarships applications are now open for up to 1,000 African Students.

Priority Fields

  • Agriculture/Food Security
  • Education
  • Health (including HIV/AIDS)
  • Public Policy (including public sector management, public sector reform, trade, international diplomacy)
  • Technical and Vocational Education & Training (available for Short Courses only)

Long-Term Awards are Postgraduate Scholarships that lead to an academic qualification from an Australian university. For studies commencing in 2014, Long-Term Awards are available to eligible applicants from 28 African countries.

Short Course Awards are available for studies in a range of priority sectors including Agriculture, Maternal and Child Health, Mining Governance and Public Policy. Studies are conducted at locations in Africa and in Australia for periods up to 3 months. Short course awards are available to eligible applicants from 51 African countries.

About Scholarship: Australia Awards in Africa (AAA), an initiative of the Australian Government, is a pan-African program of development scholarships and fellowships that offers 1,000 postgraduate scholarships each year to eligible African professionals.

Australia is committed to developing the capacity and leadership skills of Africans to enable them to contribute effectively to development in their home countries. Over the past three years, the number of scholarships available for African professionals has increased ten-fold to a total of 1,000 development awards annually. One-quarter of all Australia’s development scholarships are now directed to Africa.

Scholarship Offered Since: 1980

Scholarship Type: Masters and PhD Scholarships for Africans

Who is qualified to apply?

  • You must not be 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 organisation 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 recognised Institution of at least 4 years in length with at least a 3rd Class Pass.
  • Public sector candidates must comply with Government of your country regulations for government employees wishing to apply for scholarships
  • Public sector, private sector and civil society candidates must provide evidence of completion of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) (for Nigerian candidates- visit adsafrica.com.au for country specific requirements) 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

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 Masters 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.

How Many Funding Positions are available? Up to 1,000

What are the benefits? This is a Full government sponsored scholarship

How long will sponsorship last? For the duration of the programme

Eligible African 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)

In addition to the above, the following countries are eligible for Short Course Awards (SCAs) for the 2012 Intake

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

Application Ends By Short Course Awards for 2013: Closing date 30 November 2012  

Long-Term Awards (Masters-level Awards) for 2014: Closing date 14 December 2012

Long-Term Awards (PhD Agriculture) for 2014: Closing date 31 March 2013

Offered annually? Yes

How can I Apply? To submit an electronic application

  1. Click on the link below “Click here to apply”
    1. Register your personal details and click on “Request Application”
    2. You will receive an email asking you to confirm your details
    3. Once you have confirmed your details, the system will automatically send you an electronic application form via email
  2. The Application Form is an Acrobat document that you may save on your local computer or another device and complete offline.
  3. When you have completed your application form, email the form and all supporting documentation to applications@adsafrica.com.au.  You may send as many emails as needed, provided you send the emails from the same email address.
  4. If you experience any difficulties with the online application process please email enquiries@adsafrica.org

Hard Copy applications

  • If you cannot use the on line application process please complete the attached hard copy application form. Download the hardcopy application form here
  • Hard Copy applications should be couriered to the relevant AAA Office Courier Address as indicated in the application form, however applicants are encouraged to submit an electronic application.

How can I get more information? BE SURE to visit here http://www.adsafrica.com.au/countryOption.php for country specific information

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

Important Notes: Application from women and people with disability is stronglyencouraged