Various Scholarships options for students who want to pursue their higher studies in Australia

Cost of study is one of the biggest concerns for those students who want to pursue their higher studies in Australia. However, there is good news for them as Australia offers a great deal of money (around $500 million AUD per year) to international students. This money has been offered in the form of a number of scholarships, bursaries, and grants can prove very helpful for students in pursing their studies in Australia.

There are three main scholarship programs that are offered by Australian government as well as many educational institutions to overseas students studying in this country. These three programs include- the International Postgraduate Research Scholarships, the Australia Awards, and the Joint Academic Scholarships Online Network (JASON). 

  1.  International Postgraduate Research Scholarships

The International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) aims at recuperating the quality of Australian research along with attracting excellent postgraduate students to studying and researching at Australia’s prominent higher education institutions.

Students from almost all countries around the world (apart from New Zealand) are eligible to apply for these scholarships, which help them to study and research for the whole of their Master’s or Doctorate degree. IPRS covers all of the recipient’s tuition fees, and health cover costs for his/her entire stay in Australia.

Those who are considering postgraduate work in an academic or research field might be eligible for one of the more than 300 IPRS places awarded each year. 

  1.  Australia Awards

The Australia Awards are one of the most impressive international scholarships, which are offered to those studying in Australia along with those who are from Australia and are looking forward to study abroad.

The Australia Awards are mainly funded by the Australian government, and aims at promoting cooperation and knowledge between future leaders of the international community. These scholarships also develop potential, stimulate change, and enable the recipients to do more for the world along with achieving their education goals. 

The Australia Awards are generally offered by a number of organizations, which include:

  • The Australian Agency for International Development
  • The Australian Center for International Agricultural Research
  • The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research, and Tertiary Education

 In 2012, Australian government invested more than $300 million (AUD) in the Australia Awards that enabled around 5,000 students to study overseas, whether they were coming to Australia or were from this country. From the time when the Australian Government begun to offer these awards, till now these awards have helped more than 100,000 students to fulfill their aim of studying overseas. 

  1.  Joint Academic Scholarships Online Network (JASON) 

JASON website can be quite helpful for those who are looking for scholarships for their postgraduate study. This website is a postgraduate scholarship search engine for the entire Australia, and it offers results for Australian citizens as well as those who want to study in Australia. Numerous universities worked jointly to develop JASON so that they can offer better service and information for students who are pursuing their postgraduate studies in Australia.

Those who need more information about scholarships and grant money can take help from the Australian Government’s International student’s initiative webpage. There are lots of scholarships options available for students to check out and the website will provide students all of the information that they might need to apply for different scholarships. These websites also have a search function to help students find the scholarships best suited to them.