Scholarships in Australia for Nepalese Students

Australia has always been a leading country to accept the number of international students from around the world. It is evident from the presence of nearly 700,000 international students currently pursuing their higher education in Australia, and over 2.5 million international alumni who have graduated in the past 50 years of Australian international education history.

Are you also interested in studying in Australia, but concerned about the cost?

Don’t worry, we can assist you in finding a solution to your issue and i.e. to find suitable scholarship opportunities. Australia provides numerous scholarships, grants, and bursaries to international students to help them finance their studies in the country. They are made available by the Australian Government, educational institutions, and a variety of other public and private organizations. However, you may lack sufficient awareness of them and so be unable to take advantage of the opportunities that are already open to you. As a result, you’ll need the help of a qualified education consultant with years of expertise and knowledge in the field. Know-how and where to apply for these scholarships.

The scholarship in Australia can divided into: 

  1. Australian Government Scholarship
  2. Education Provider Scholarship

Australian Government Scholarship

Australia Awards Scholarships

Australia Awards Scholarships are administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia. They are offered to students to pursue full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at participating Australian institutions. Alone in 2021, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) offered 818 Australia Awards scholarships and short courses to students from 20 developing countries which is estimated to be $225 million. The criteria for the scholarship differ from country to country. 

For Nepalese students, Australia Awards Scholarships are offered to undertake Master’s degree study programs in the priority development sectors of Economic Development, Education, Health, Governance, Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion, and Water Resource Management. They are offered for the minimum period necessary for the students to complete the academic program specified by the Australian higher education institution.

Applicants who wish to accept an Australia Awards Scholarship must sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia stating that they will abide by its conditions. Scholars must leave Australia within two years after completing their Scholarship.

Major Scholarship Benefits:

Destination Australia

Destination Australia is a scholarship funded by the Australian Government to both domestic and international students who wish to pursue their education from universities and other educational institutions in designated regional locations. Each year, the Australian government awards up to $15000 scholarship to over 1000 students studying a Certificate IV to Doctorate level qualification to encourage them to study in the regional areas. In 2020 around 1180 scholarships were awarded at 35 different institutes across regional Australia. The scholarship was first introduced in March 2019 under Australian Government’s Planning for Future Population to decongest the populated cities area and encourage growth and migration to regional places. 

Each year the Department of Education funds the universities in the regional areas so, you can directly apply to university for this scholarship and it is applicable to every field of coursework study.  Each university has its own eligibility criteria for the scholarship as well as a different application process. You will be able to gain this scholarship each year based on your academic performance. To look up for the universities with this scholarship you can visit the Department of Education websites.

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP)

The RTP enables international students to undertake funded postgraduate research qualification and gain the experience and expertise from leading Australian research programs. It covers the annual tuition fee for a Doctorate or Master’s Degree by Research, as well as the cost of standard Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the awardee and their dependents. For a Masters by research degree, the scholarships are available for two years, and for a Doctorate by research degree, they are accessible for three to four years. 

The scholarship is administered by individual universities, specialized in research studies, on the behalf of the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, hence applications are to be made directly to the universities. Universities themself are responsible for the selection process and acceptance of the prospective candidates as a result the eligibility criteria are also determined by them.

Depending on each university the scholarship covers one or more of RTP fee offset (tuition fees), RTP Stipend (general living cost), and RTP allowance (allowances related to the ancillary cost of research degrees as well as health cover cost).

Education Provider Scholarships

In Australia, there are numerous educational institutions, each with its own set of scholarship criteria. They update their scholarship policies on a regular basis in order to attract a large number of international students to apply for their higher education. It also differs from the courses and level of education. Some of the major scholarship benefits includes:

Generic Scholarship

It is the scholarship benefits typically provided to the students who meet university’s basic scholarship criteria. The basic criteria includes determined academic and English language requirements. In some universities, the amount of the scholarship can also be determined according to the student’s academic score. The student with a higher academic score can get a higher scholarship and vice versa. 

To be benefited from this scholarship you should not make any additional application process as it is already attached with your course offerings.

Vice Chancellor Scholarship 

This scholarship is awarded to the exceptional international students with academic excellence. The students with continuous study and scores of more than 80% in their grade 12 and undergraduate degree are more likely to receive this award.  Typically, it is funded by the Chancellor’s/Vice-Chancellor’s office and could either be in the form of full or partial tuition fee waivers and may include bursary.

The scholarship is awarded on an annual basis and in some universities the candidates who are maintaining academic record with best results can have a chance to renew the scholarship next year. 

Accommodation Scholarship

Some education providers offer free accommodation facilities to their international students for up to six months or one year as a form of accommodation scholarship.  They can provide this scholarship for the specific campus location only.

Regional Area Scholarship

Education providers allocate this scholarship to encourage the students to get enrolled at their regional campuses. The scholarship amount differs from each educational institution.

Alumni and Family Scholarship

Some education providers in Australia also offer scholarships to family members of graduates from the same institution. This scholarship is referred to as an alumni and family scholarship.

How can you apply for these scholarships?

Each scholarship has its own assessment criteria and requirements. Some of them require additional documents while others may have strict terms and conditions. Hence it is very important for you to be well informed about each criterion necessary during the application process. You can easily obtain any information you need from its official websites or any reputable education consultants around you. Universities are constantly updating their scholarship policies, so you must research the scholarship on a regular basis to avoid missing out on a valuable opportunity. You can also apply for one or more of the above-mentioned scholarships at a time hence don’t limit yourself to only one option. 

How can Nepal Education Consultancy help you?

Nepal Education Consultancy, a trusted education partner of more than 50 education institutions in Australia and an education consultant with experience of more than 20 years in the field, is facilitating a large pool of students interested to study abroad. You can always get in touch with our well-experienced, certified, and professional counselors for detailed scholarship support information in Australia so that you can take advantage of any available opportunities.