The Australia Awards in Africa (AAA) (formerly Australian Development Scholarships, ADS), an initiative of the Australian Government, is a pan-African program of development scholarships and fellowships that offers 1,000 postgraduatescholarships each year to eligible African professionals.
The Australia Awards currently comprise two types of scholarship: Australian Awards Scholarships (the Master Awards), to undertake higher degree studies in Australia at Masters level AND Australia Awards Short Courses, 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 2017/18 Australia Awards in Africa applications are now open for up to 1,000 African Students. Applications opened today 1st September 2016.
Citizens of African countries
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. Sectors of focus for AAA are agreed with each participating Partner Government. The country specific information for applicants’ home country will indicate what those priority sectors are (see ‘country specific details’ on official website via link below).
The award types and priority fields are listed out and explained below.
AWARD TYPES include:
PRIORITY FIELDS (which varies by African country):
Number of awards
Up to 1000 scholarships will be granted
For the whole duration of the Masters degree study, PhD program or short course stay
This is a FULL government-sponsored award – thus covers full financial support for thepostgraduate programmes
Method of Application
You need to obtain complete country-specific information, eligibility criteria and application process for the two types of awards. You can get this by going to your ‘country page’ on the official website.
When you 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.
Applications from women and people with disability are strongly encouraged.
Applications will be accepted for the Australia Awards from 1st September 2016.Applications will only be received over a 4 month period from September to December each year.
The closing date for the 2017/18 Australia Awards Scholarships is 15 December 2016for Scholarships and 15 January 2017 for the Short Courses.
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.
Application Deadline: 15 January 2017
Open to International students: Yes (ONLY Africans)