An initiative of the Australian Government, Australia Awards in Africa (AAA) is a pan-African program of development scholarships and fellowships that offers 1,000 postgraduate scholarships each year to eligible African professionals.
On this website, you will find important information about eligibility criteria, about the application process, and about living and studying in Australia.
Australia’s commitment to Africa
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.
Types of Award
Australia Awards comprise four categories of scholarship:
Long-Term Awards: Postgraduate scholarships that lead to an academic qualification from an Australian university
Australian Leadership Award Scholarships: Supplementary scholarships for recipients of Masters-level Awards that aim to enhance leadership in tackling development challenges
Short Course Awards: Targeted professional development courses in a specialised field, with a duration of between one and three months
Australian Leadership Award Fellowships: Fellowships hosted by an Australian organisation that are intended to build long-term relationships between Australia and African professionals
Applications open in September!
From 1 September 2012, Applications will be accepted for the following Awards:
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
List of Eligible African Countries include;
Angola, Algeria, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia
You can click here for more application guidelines
Go to the Online Australian Scholarships Information System (OASIS) website. When you register online, you will be required to answer some questions to establish your eligibility. You will then be given a unique registration number, username and password.
You do not need to submit your application immediately. You can update your draft application form and supporting documentation until 30 April 2012, (or an earlier date specified on the relevant participating country profile). Once submitted, your application cannot be changed.
Refer to the Applicant’s Online User Manual if you need help: OASIS Applicant User Guide.
Applying by Mail
If you are unable to submit your application online, you can apply by mail. Please check your participating country profile for contact details to obtain a hardcopy application form and any other templates such as referee reports (if applicable).
Completed hard copy application forms and supporting documentation must be submitted by the deadline specified by your country. See the opening and closing dates for each country.