There are a range of scholarships available for international students wishing to study in Australia. A scholarship can provide invaluable help with funds for your study. There is strong competition for each scholarship but they are definitely worth investigating.
There are generally three different types of scholarships that you can apply for when considering studying in Australia:
- tuition scholarships, which cover the cost of your education
- scholarships which cover only living and accommodation expenses
- full scholarships, which cover both tuition and living costs.
Most scholarships are based on academic merit, yet there is also some funding available for students from developing countries. Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) provide opportunities for people from eligible countries to undertake tertiary study in Australia in areas relevant to the development needs of their home country so that they may contribute to that country’s long-term development. You can find full details here.
It should be noted that competition for scholarships is very strong, and you should not rest all of your hopes on obtaining funding. There are, however, certain approaches you can take which will increase your chances of gaining a scholarship.
You must ensure that you fulfil all the necessary criteria for any given scholarship — some scholarships have very strict terms and conditions, so make sure you read all of the fine print on the application form before filling it out. Your application should be proofread by somebody who speaks fluent English — scholarships committees will often overlook your application if it contains grammar or spelling mistakes. Even though you might have your heart set on a particular scholarship, you should apply for as many scholarships as possible (even if they are for lesser amounts), as any type of funding is better than no funding at all.
Here are some useful websites which outline some of the different scholarships available:
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