Australia Awards Scholarships in India India and Australia share a commitment to a stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. With enduring cultural and people-to-people ties and a strategic and economic relationship which continues to deepen, India is at the front rank of Australia’s international partnerships. Education, the flagship sector of Australia’s India Economic Strategy to 2035: Navigating from Potential to Delivery, is key to this partnership and to stepping up Australia’s economic engagement with India. To help build links with the next generation of talented Indian business and community leaders, the Australian Government has now introduced Australia Awards Scholarships in India. From the 2020 academic year, Masters-level scholarships will be offered to exceptional Indian graduate students from high performing institutions to study at one of Australia’s world class universities.

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Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships offered by the Australian Government. Through coursework and a program of on-award activities designed to develop leadership potential, recipients develop the skills and knowledge to drive change in their chosen field and help build enduring links with Australia.

Applicants must be nominated by their institution to be considered for these scholarships. Institutions may nominate up to four candidates. Applicants will be assessed on their academic excellence, leadership potential and how they intend to use the scholarship in their future plans.

Nominations are strongly encouraged for women, people with disability and other traditionally marginalised groups.

Nominated candidates must identify two preferred courses on their application form and ensure they meet the institution’s English language and course requirements. Australia Awards benefits Australia Awards 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 generally receive the following:

 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

 a program of on-award enrichment activities designed to develop leadership potential

 reunion airfare (for unaccompanied scholars whose scholarship period is two years or more).

Detailed entitlements are contained in the Scholarships Policy Handbook. Eligibility criteria Students from target institutions in the ten Indian states identified by the India Economic Strategy will be eligible to be nominated. For scholarships commencing in 2020, these institutions are:

 Andhra University

 Banaras Hindu University

 Indian Institute of Science (Bengaluru)

 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

 Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar

 Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad

 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

 Indian Institute of Technology Madras

 Manipal Academy of Higher Education

 Savitribai Phule Pune University

 Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology

 University of Delhi

 University of Hyderabad

Australia Awards applicants must meet all eligibility requirements detailed in the Scholarships Policy Handbook, available at:

In addition to these basic eligibility requirements, candidates from India must also meet the following conditions:

 be nominated by their institution

 be a recent graduate (2018 or later) of one of the target institutions, or be about to graduate

 hold, or be in the final year of, a tertiary-level qualification at least equivalent to an Australian Bachelors degree

 have a relevant academic background in the proposed study program

 meet admission and other specific requirements of universities in Australia. Applicants must comply with entry requirements for the universities and courses they are seeking admission to, including English proficiency requirements. Applicants shortlisted for interview must:

 achieve a minimum academic IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0 or the equivalent TOEFL or PTE score.

Applicants shortlisted for interview who need to take an English Test will be reimbursed upon presentation of an official receipt from the respective test provider. Applicants shortlisted for interview who are submitting existing English Test scores must ensure that their test results are valid until 1 January 2020. Scholarships will not be available for courses of study in Australia where the applicant has already achieved that qualification and the qualification is deemed to be equivalent to the Australian qualification