For information on scholarships available visit one of the links below or contact the individual institution direct. Otherwise, you may be able to arrange sponsorships, privately, in your home country.
Australian universities offer a range of postgraduate scholarships to international students predominantly targeting Ph.D. and Masters Degrees by research. The course of study and financial support is determined by the university. The Australian Government Education Department website and GeeBee can link you to the relevant university to find out more about scholarships available.
International and charitable organisations offer scholarships for international study. Applications for these scholarships must be made to the representatives of these agencies in the student's home country, not Australia.The Association of Commonwealth Universities website provides a scholarships guide for Commonwealth postgraduate students offered by Governments, Rotary International, World Bank, World Health Organisation, Asian Development Bank, United Nations, Rockefeller Foundation and other organisations.
Most international students in Australia pay full-fees and are not covered by any scholarship. UK based students applying for studies in Australia have mostly supported themselves through savings, income from part or full-time work, small grants, bursaries or loans. Limited scholarships, including the IDP Commonwealth Scholarship are available. There are also postgraduate international scholarships mainly aimed at research students, which are very competitive.
The main sources of scholarship funding to consider are:
· Australian government
· Australian educational institutions
· Your home-country governments
· Private organisations
When applying for a scholarship please ensure you meet the selection criteria of each specific scholarship, fully understand the terms and conditions of the scholarship, and apply by the closing date specified.
The Australian Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) ( www.dest.gov.au) offers many scholarships, including the International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS).
The International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) Scheme aims to attract top quality international post grad students to areas of research strength in Australian higher education institutions; and to support Australia 's research effort.
There are 330 new scholarships each year for international students to undertake a post grad research qualification in Australia , gaining experience with leading researchers.
Applications for a scholarship should be made directly to a participating institution alongside course applications made through the IDP's Global Apply On-line. Each institution has responsibility for determining the selection process by which scholarships are allocated to applicants.
The deadline for applying for an IPRS is usually at the end of August each year.
The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) ( http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/studyin.cfm) funds Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) for students from developing countries.
AusAID offers scholarships to students from the following countries: Bangladesh , Bhutan , Cambodia , China , East Timor, Fiji, India , Indonesia , Kenya , Kiribati , Laos , Lesotho , Malawi , Maldives , Micronesia , Mozambique , Namibia , Nepal , Pakistan , Papua New Guinea , Philippines , Samoa , Solomon Islands , South Africa , Sri Lanka , Swaziland , Tanzania , Tonga , Tuvalu , Uganda , Vanuatu , Vietnam , Zambia .
Australian Educational Institutions
Most Australian education institutions offer a limited number of their own scholarships. Students usually compete for these on academic merit, but the institution sets the amount of funding and any conditions that might apply, themselves.
Some scholarships cover tuition and provide a stipend while other scholarships may simply offer an amount towards your expenses. The best way to find out about these is to approach individual institutions directly via their web sites.
Your home-country governments
Individual governments can offer scholarships to students wishing to study in Australia . You will need to contact your government's educational department to investigate further.
Funding can be offered by private organisations and the types of award vary from scholarships, grants, bursaries, competitions and prizes. Some awards are dedicated to a particular course, whilst others have very general eligibility criteria.
To identify these options use The Grants Register, published yearly by Palgrave. It lists all funding available world-wide. You should find a copy in the reference section of your local library or University Careers Service.
Alternative Sources of Funding
Career Development Loans
A growing number of UK student have secured Career Development Loans through their bank. These loans are primarily designed for vocational courses.
For further information talk to your bank or check out http://www.lifelonglearning.co.uk/cdl or call the Career Development Loan information line on 0800 585 505 between 8am and 10pm.
Association of MBAs Loan Scheme
Students on MBA programmes credited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) are eligible for this scheme. It is designed to help students paying their own or part-fees. You have to be a permanent resident in the UK and have a secured place on an AMBA-accredited MBA programme and between two and five years' practical work experience within industry or commerce. Call AMBA on 020 7246 2686 or Nat West Bank information line 0800 200 400.
International Federation of University Women (IFUW)
Postgraduate fellowships and grants are available to encourage advanced research and study or training by women graduates, preferably in a country other than the one they normally reside or had completed their earlier studies. You must be a member of the IFUW. For more information call 02273 12380 or http://www.ifuw.org
Your employer may be willing to fund your studies in Australia particularly if the qualification is relevant to your work and you intend to return to company. Australia is a world leader in many areas and you may be able to persuade your employer that Australia is the only place to gain the right skills and knowledge. Much will depend on the nature of your company and their willingness to invest in your development. It's up to you to put forward a convincing proposal to your manager.