Make a difference with an Australia awards scholarship. Apply today for your opportunity to gain a world class education and become a leader for development. Scholarships for Masters studies in Australia are offered to eligible African candidates for postgraduates studies. Applications are open from 1 February 2024 to 30 April 2024. Apply and get more information at The GEDSI SUPPORT HUB on the website has more information about our support for women and people with a disability.


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The Australia Awards Scholarships are long-term development scholarships funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Master’s level scholarships are offered to eligible middle to senior-level professionals from the public, private and civil society who on completion are expected to return to their home country and make a development contribution.

The degrees, completed in Australia, provide high-quality education and training to talented Africans in specified sectors, in which Australia is recognised as having world-class expertise and experience.

Scholarships for Master’s studies in Australia are offered to eligible African candidates for postgraduate studies. Australia Awards Scholarships offer more than a degree. You gain an internationally recognised qualification and a life-changing experience in Australia. Reach your potential through higher learning in Australia’s safe, multicultural society. We support you to live and study successfully. Expand your horizons with new knowledge, leadership skills and a life-long membership of Australia’s global alumni network. Advance your career and make a vital contribution to the development of your country.

Applicants from the following African countries are eligible to apply:

Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Australia Awards Africa actively encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, and those from identified minority groups. The Program has introduced various processes to enhance equity in access and success by addressing barriers from the application stage through to the alumni stage. In this regard, Australia Awards Africa implements reasonable adjustments and/or accommodations to ensure equal participation for those identified as requiring support.

To encourage more applications from eligible persons with disabilities, the program has recently introduced adjustments to the applications criteria:

People with disability are less likely to meet some of Australia Awards’ current eligibility criteria owing to the likelihood that because of structural barriers limiting their choices, they have usually had access to fewer educational and life opportunities, including work opportunities, compared to others. To support equity of access, people with disability are therefore required to have a minimum of three years of post-graduate work experience. This can include relevant volunteer experience but will still require an ‘Employer’ Referee Report from the volunteer host organisation.

The Program also acknowledges that there is a range of skills gaps relating to disability inclusion. This includes the need for increased numbers of qualified people with disability working in disability specialist areas supportive of disability rights and inclusion. To support equity of access, people with disability who want to specialise in a disability rights and inclusion skills gap area, may therefore already be undertaking a master’s degree or already hold a master’s degree or equivalent in another study area.

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Applications for Masters level study open on 1 February 2024 and close on 30 April 2024

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