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Study in Australia

Study in Australia

Australia has a reputation for academic excellence and is one of the best places in the world to live while studying. For information about studying in Australia, visit:


For information on Australian Government scholarships, see Australia Awards


2024 Australia Awards intake

Australia’s international development assistance in Africa is focused on enhancing skills in the areas of agriculture and food security, climate change and adaptation, renewable energy, mining governance and countering terrorism and violent extremism.

Australia Awards scholarships are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government to the next generation of leaders who will make an enduring contribution to their country’s sustainable development. Through study and research, recipients develop the skills and knowledge to drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links with Australia.

Applicants are assessed on their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential to impact on development challenges in eligible countries.

Applications are strongly encouraged from women, people with disability and other marginalised groups.


Eligibility criteria

Australia Awards applicants must meet all eligibility requirements detailed in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook, available at: Australia Awards Scholarship Policy Handbook


Country-specific conditions

In addition to the eligibility requirements, candidates from Africa must also meet the following conditions:

be a citizen of Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda, Zambia or Zimbabwe

already hold an undergraduate degree, an English language proficiency of at least 6.5 in IELTS with no band less than 6.0 (or 575 in paper based TOEFL or 90 in internet based TOEFL or 61 in PTE Academic). The IELTS, TOEFL or PTE Academic result must be current (obtained in the last 2 years from the application closing date, or a test result obtained between 30 April 2020 and 30 April 2022 will be considered current). No other English language test (including TOEFL prediction test) results will be accepted.


Application dates

For study commencing in Australia in 2024:

Opening date: 1 February 2023  

Closing date: 1 May 2023 (11:59PM AEST)

Applications and/or supporting documents received after the closing date will not be considered.


For more details about the application requirements and process, visit: How to apply for an Australia Awards scholarship



Have you studied in Australia? 

We are keen to learn about anyone from West Africa who has studied in Australia, no matter how long ago. Please register at to stay connected to Australia’s vibrant global alumni community. You can also send an email to [email protected] with a request to be added to your country's Australian alumni network.