Funding opportunities from the Australian Government and foreign governments for international study

Recognising the power of soft diplomacy through international education, the Australian Government allocates significant funding to support Australian students in taking up international opportunities.  While the focus is on our region, the opportunities range more widely.  There are also scholarships for students from a large number of countries to take up opportunities at Australian universities. Some other countries have similar schemes.  For an outline of funding available and links to further information please view the tables below.   

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    New Colombo Plan (NCP)

      Applications are open for the 2021 round
    Eligibility
    • Must be an Australian citizen,
    • Must not be a current citizen or permanent citizen of host country,
    • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree at UniSA (including UniSA online),
    • Must studying in a program where credit for the study component can be credited back into UniSA degree
    • Must have a minimum GPA of 6.0,
    • Must be between 18 and 30 years (inclusive) for non-Indigenous applicants, or between 18 and 35 years of age (inclusive) for Indigenous applicants, on 1 January 2022,
    • Must not be a previous recipient of an NCP scholarship.
    Availability

    Available Countries

    •  Bangladesh
    •  Bhutan
    •  Brunei
    •  Cambodia
    •  China
    •  Cook Islands
    •  Federated States of Micronesia
    •  Fiji
    •  India
    •  Indonesia
    •  Hong Kong SAR
    •  Japan
    •  Japan
    •  Kiribati
    •  Laos
    •  Malaysia
    •  Maldives
    •  Marshall Islands
    •  Mongolia
    •  Myanmar
    •  Nauru
    •  Nepal
    •  Niue
    •  Pakistan
    •  Palau
    •  Papua New Guinea
    •  Philippines
    •  Republic of Korea
    •  Samoa
    •  Singapore
    •  Solomon Islands
    •  Sri Lanka
    •  Taiwan
    •  Thailand
    •  Timor-Leste
    •  Tonga
    •  Tuvalu
    •  Vanuatu
    •  Vietnam
    Value of grant

    Scholarships:
    value up to $87,500.

    Further information on the New Colombo Plan (NCP) can be found here

    New Colombo Plan (NCP) mobility grants

    Applications for the 2022 round will open mid-2021.

    UniSA staff may apply for Mobility Grant funding to support undergraduate students to participate in semester-based or short-term study, internships, placements, or research in 40 host locations across the Indo-Pacific region. Details on how to apply will be circulated to staff prior to the application period each year.

    Students will have the opportunity to apply for a place in a project supported by a Mobility Grant. These opportunities will be advertised by the relevant Academic Unit, or UniSA International, each year.

    Eligibility

    Students must be:

    • Australian citizens
    • Enrolled as an undergraduate or undergraduate honours student at commencement of the mobility program

    NCP Mobility Grants are primarily targeted at students aged 18-28 (inclusive), but exceptions may apply.

    All other UniSA Student Mobility criteria apply

    Availability ^
    Value of grant

    Valued between $1000-$3000 for short term study options and $3000-$7000 for semester long exchange.

    Timeline

    Interested staff should email short.programs@unisa.edu.au

    Interested students should email their Academic Unit or Program Director

    Mawson Lakes Fellowship Program

      Applications are open
    Eligibility
    •  Early career researchers*
    •  Must be researching in a relevant discipline in the area of urban innovation.

    *For the purposes of this program early career researchers are defined as academic staff who have completed their PhD within the last 10 years

    Availability

    Available Countries:

    •  Japan

    Study options:
    University of Nagoya,  University of Tsukuba,  Waseda University

    Value of grant

    Scholarships:
    value up to $18,600

    Research grants:
    Up to $20,000

    Timeline

    Applications are accepted all year round but should be submitted at least 6 months before the commencement of the proposed study in Japan. More information

    Fulbright Scholarships

      Applications are open January to July each year
    Description
    •  The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers scholarships to Australian citizens across all career stages. Awardees take part in an academic and cultural exchange, pursuing research or study at a U.S. institution in one of the following scholarship categories:
    Postgraduate Postdoctoral Scholar Distinguished chair
    Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships allow postgraduate students undertaking their Australian PhD to conduct research in the U.S. for 4 months up to 10 months
    or
    Supports enrolment in a graduate degree program (e.g. a Master’s) for up to two-years (dependent on award).
    Fulbright Postdoctoral scholarships allow individuals (who have completed their PhD in the past 5 years or are in the last year of completion) to undertake postdoctoral research in the U.S. for 3-10 months.




    Fulbright Scholar Awards are for academics (at Associate or full Professorial level) and mid-career professionals (with an undergraduate qualification and minimum 10 years work experience) to undertake research and/or training in the United States for 3-4 months.


    The Fulbright Distinguished Chair award is for an exceptional individual at professorial level to carry out research in the United States for up to 6 months. 







     

    Eligibility

    More information

    DFAT International Relations Grants Program


    The International Relations Grants Program (IRGP) supports the Government's foreign policies and economic diplomacy interests and projects a positive contemporary image of Australia. IRGP grants support professional, community and institutional linkages between Australia and its partners on contemporary issues of shared interest including business, education, innovation, science, technology, the arts, media and sport.

    For details on the different grants available, refer to the grant project summaries under the grants tabs of the individual foundations, councils and institutes pages on the DFAT website.

    List of foundations, councils and institutes

    Australia-ASEAN Council

    Australia-China Council

    National Foundation for Australia-China Relations

    Australia-India Council

    Australia-Indonesia Institute

    Australia Japan Foundation

    Australia-Korea Foundation

    Council for Australia-Arab Relations (CAAR)

    Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR)

    Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations


     

     

     

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    UniSA Student Exchange and Study Abroad

    Study Abroad and Student Exchange are short term programs that enable international students to study for six to twelve months in any of the University of South Australia's campuses in Adelaide. Students can combine their formal education with travel before, during and after the Study Periods.

    More information

    Mawson Lakes Fellowship Program

      Applications are open
    Eligibility

    Japanese Applicants:

    • Must be studying or working at the University of Nagoya,  the University of Tsukuba, or Waseda University
    •  HDR candidates and Early career researchers*
    • Must be researching in a relevant discipline in the area of urban innovation.

    researching or studying in a relevant discipline in the area of urban innovation.

    *For the purposes of this program early career researchers are defined as academic staff who have completed their PhD within the last 10 years

    Value of scholarship

    Up to AUD$13,500 

    Timeline

    Applications are accepted all year round but should be submitted at least 6 months before the commencement of the proposed study in Australia. More information

    Australia Awards Scholarships

    Check application dates
    Eligibility

    Student eligibilty:

    How to apply

    Availability

    Available Countries:

    Study options:
    Full degree

    Value of grant

    Dependent on proposal

    Timeline

    See individual country pages for opening and closing dates

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    New Colombo Plan (NCP)

      Applications are open for the 2021 round
    Eligibility
    • Must be an Australian citizen,
    • Must not be a current citizen or permanent citizen of host country,
    • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree at UniSA (including UniSA online),
    • Must studying in a program where credit for the study component can be credited back into UniSA degree
    • Must have a minimum GPA of 6.0,
    • Must be between 18 and 30 years (inclusive) for non-Indigenous applicants, or between 18 and 35 years of age (inclusive) for Indigenous applicants, on 1 January 2022,
    • Must not be a previous recipient of an NCP scholarship.
    Availability

    Available Countries

    •  Bangladesh
    •  Bhutan
    •  Brunei
    •  Cambodia
    •  China
    •  Cook Islands
    •  Federated States of Micronesia
    •  Fiji
    •  India
    •  Indonesia
    •  Hong Kong SAR
    •  Japan
    •  Japan
    •  Kiribati
    •  Laos
    •  Malaysia
    •  Maldives
    •  Marshall Islands
    •  Mongolia
    •  Myanmar
    •  Nauru
    •  Nepal
    •  Niue
    •  Pakistan
    •  Palau
    •  Papua New Guinea
    •  Philippines
    •  Republic of Korea
    •  Samoa
    •  Singapore
    •  Solomon Islands
    •  Sri Lanka
    •  Taiwan
    •  Thailand
    •  Timor-Leste
    •  Tonga
    •  Tuvalu
    •  Vanuatu
    •  Vietnam
    Value of grant

    Scholarships:
    value up to $87,500.

    Further information on the New Colombo Plan (NCP) can be found here

    New Colombo Plan (NCP) mobility grants

    Applications for the 2022 round will open mid-2021.

    UniSA staff may apply for Mobility Grant funding to support undergraduate students to participate in semester-based or short-term study, internships, placements, or research in 40 host locations across the Indo-Pacific region. Details on how to apply will be circulated to staff prior to the application period each year.

    Students will have the opportunity to apply for a place in a project supported by a Mobility Grant. These opportunities will be advertised by the relevant Academic Unit, or UniSA International, each year.

    Eligibility

    Students must be:

    • Australian citizens
    • Enrolled as an undergraduate or undergraduate honours student at commencement of the mobility program

    NCP Mobility Grants are primarily targeted at students aged 18-28 (inclusive), but exceptions may apply.

    All other UniSA Student Mobility criteria apply

    Availability ^
    Value of grant

    Valued between $1000-$3000 for short term study options and $3000-$7000 for semester long exchange.

    Timeline

    Interested staff should email short.programs@unisa.edu.au

    Interested students should email their Academic Unit or Program Director

    Mawson Lakes Fellowship Program

      Applications are open
    Eligibility
    •  Early career researchers*
    •  Must be researching in a relevant discipline in the area of urban innovation.

    *For the purposes of this program early career researchers are defined as academic staff who have completed their PhD within the last 10 years

    Availability

    Available Countries:

    •  Japan

    Study options:
    University of Nagoya,  University of Tsukuba,  Waseda University

    Value of grant

    Scholarships:
    value up to $18,600

    Research grants:
    Up to $20,000

    Timeline

    Applications are accepted all year round but should be submitted at least 6 months before the commencement of the proposed study in Japan. More information

    Fulbright Scholarships

      Applications are open January to July each year
    Description
    •  The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers scholarships to Australian citizens across all career stages. Awardees take part in an academic and cultural exchange, pursuing research or study at a U.S. institution in one of the following scholarship categories:
    Postgraduate Postdoctoral Scholar Distinguished chair
    Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarships allow postgraduate students undertaking their Australian PhD to conduct research in the U.S. for 4 months up to 10 months
    or
    Supports enrolment in a graduate degree program (e.g. a Master’s) for up to two-years (dependent on award).
    Fulbright Postdoctoral scholarships allow individuals (who have completed their PhD in the past 5 years or are in the last year of completion) to undertake postdoctoral research in the U.S. for 3-10 months.




    Fulbright Scholar Awards are for academics (at Associate or full Professorial level) and mid-career professionals (with an undergraduate qualification and minimum 10 years work experience) to undertake research and/or training in the United States for 3-4 months.


    The Fulbright Distinguished Chair award is for an exceptional individual at professorial level to carry out research in the United States for up to 6 months. 







     

    Eligibility

    More information

    DFAT International Relations Grants Program


    The International Relations Grants Program (IRGP) supports the Government's foreign policies and economic diplomacy interests and projects a positive contemporary image of Australia. IRGP grants support professional, community and institutional linkages between Australia and its partners on contemporary issues of shared interest including business, education, innovation, science, technology, the arts, media and sport.

    For details on the different grants available, refer to the grant project summaries under the grants tabs of the individual foundations, councils and institutes pages on the DFAT website.

    List of foundations, councils and institutes

    Australia-ASEAN Council

    Australia-China Council

    National Foundation for Australia-China Relations

    Australia-India Council

    Australia-Indonesia Institute

    Australia Japan Foundation

    Australia-Korea Foundation

    Council for Australia-Arab Relations (CAAR)

    Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR)

    Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations