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Australia Awards


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Our funding for 2012/13

$331 million

Implementation of the revised 2013-14 budget is currently under discussion with partner governments and organisations.


Australia Awards delivered under the Australian aid program continue a long tradition of development scholarships that have been an important component of the Australian government's overseas aid program since the 1950s. They aim to:

  • develop capacity and leadership skills so that individuals can contribute to development in their home country; and
  • build people-to-people linkages at the individual, institutional and country levels.

Australia Awards contribute to the achievement of development objectives across a range of sectors and are a feature of nearly all of Australia's bilateral aid programs. The Australian Government works closely with its partners in developing countries to ensure that Australia Awards support the development priorities of each country.

Following the Government's announcement on 17 December 2012 to reprioritise resources within the aid budget, the 2012-13 revised budget estimate for the Australia Awards program is $331 million. The new budget estimate for Education reflects changes to global programs.


Under the Comprehensive Aid Policy Framework, Australia has committed to have at least 17,000 people awarded a tertiary Scholarship and return home to assist with their countries development, with at least half of the scholarships going to women. The aid program is achieving results and we are on track to meet these targets with over 8,000 awards offered since 2011 and an estimated 4,300 awards to be offered in 2013, of which half are expected to be women.

Australia Awards—fast facts

The Australian Government has provided more than 100,000 Australia Awards for study in Australia dating back to the start of the Colombo Plan in the 1950s. These Awards have contributed to the development of exceptional students from developing countries in the Asia–Pacific region and beyond. Many of these scholars have gone on to hold senior leadership roles in their countries and professions.

  • Australia Awards are offered to people from over 100 developing countries.
  • More than 4,300 Australia Awards will be offered in 2013.
  • In the last five years more than 16,000 Australia Awards have been provided to developing countries.
  • Over the last decade half of all Australia Awards have been for women
  • The top three countries receiving the most Australia Awards are Indonesia, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea

See more about Australia Awards in each of the following countries:

Australia Awards 2011—at a glance

Distribution of Australia Awards 2011

World map indicating Australia Awards recipients 2011
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Australia Awards recipients include incoming international scholars from countries around the world*, as well as outgoing Australian scholars studying in countries overseas.

*Visual representation only


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The Australia Awards aim to promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and our neighbours through Australia's extensive scholarship programs.

The Australia Awards initiative will, over time, build a new generation of global leaders with strong links to Australia.

Australia Awards bring together international scholarships provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Education, and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

More information on Australia Awards [external website]


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Australia Awards are an important component of the Australian Government’s aid program. They provide long and short term study and professional development opportunities to citizens from developing countries around the globe.

They are targeted to provide enhanced leadership, knowledge and technical skills to partner governments, tertiary institutions and strategic organisations that are driving effective development.

Find out more about Australia Awards provided under Australia's aid program.



Last reviewed: 1 November, 2013