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The Australia Awards Africa Scholarship program 2023-2024 (Masters, Fellowships, and Short Course opportunities)

The Australia Awards Africa Scholarship program 2023-2024 (Masters, Fellowships, and Short Course opportunities)

DEADLINE: 29 April 2023


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The Australia Awards Africa Scholarship program 2023-2024

The Australia Awards Africa Scholarship program combines Masters, Fellowships and Short Course opportunities to build skills and capabilities in key sectors, thereby contributing to social and economic development outcomes for African nations and the Sustainable Development Goals. Australia Awards directly support Australia’s interests in the security, stability and prosperity of the African continent by strengthening African leadership and skills in fields such as agriculture and food security, climate change and adaptation, renewable energy, mining governance and countering terrorism and violent extremism. We focus on those sectors where Australia and African nations have shared interests and where Australia has world-leading expertise to offer.

In a number of ways, the Australia Awards Africa program advances and aids Australian development and economic diplomacy goals.

  • Alumni use their newly acquired skills to advance their nation.
  • Africa values and respects Australia as a trustworthy partner and source of knowledge, and
  • Australian and African organizations and individuals establish connections that lead to long-term collaborations and future cooperation.
  • High caliber, mid-level to senior level professional applicants from the public, business, and community sectors are eligible for Australia Awards (civil society).
  • More than 2,000 students from African nations have studied in Australia as a result of the Australia Awards scholarship program since 2004. This comprises more than a thousand postgraduate academics who completed their Masters and PhDs in Australia.

Eligible Countries

Participants from the following countries will be able to apply for the 2024 intake: Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Applications are strongly encouraged from women, people with disability and marginalised groups.

Applications for commencement in 2024 will open on 1 February 2023 and close on 29 April 2023.


Australia Awards Africa scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian education institution, including any preparatory training.

Scholarship recipients will receive:

  • return air travel
  • a one-off establishment allowance on arrival
  • full tuition fees
  • contribution to living expenses
  • introductory academic program
  • overseas student health cover for the duration of the scholarship
  • supplementary academic support
  • fieldwork allowance for research students and masters by coursework
  • which has a compulsory fieldwork component

How to apply

Applications must be lodged online through the Online Australia Scholarships Information System (OASIS) by 11.59PM AEST on 29 April 2023. You will need to register and establish your eligibility before submitting your application. Applications and/or supporting documents received after the closing date will not be considered.

All eligibility requirements listed in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook must be met by applicants for the Australia Awards Africa scholarship.

Additionally, applicants must fulfill regional requirements and submit pertinent supporting paperwork.

Selection process

Applications will be shortlisted after eligibility checking and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection process will include an interview.

Applicants will be assessed on:

  • academic aptitude
  • prospective result, in particular the contribution to development outcomes in African nations that qualify
  • Leadership qualities on a professional and personal level, including relevant job experience.

Candidates that are chosen will be contacted in late 2023. The Australian Government’s requirements, as decided by the federal Department of Education, as well as the requirements of the relevant state and territory governments, must be met in order to travel.

The candidates will be required to attend:

course counselling

pre-departure briefing

university’s Introductory Academic Program

other required preparatory study on arrival in Australia.

More information

For enquiries relating to the application process, email: enquiries.canberra@australiaawards.org.

Additional information is also available at

Africa – information for Australia Awards intake commencing 2024 [PDF 290 KB]

Africa – information for Australia Awards intake commencing 2024 [PDF 290 KB]

Click here to visit the official page of the Australia Awards Africa Scholarship program


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