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Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships commencing in 2021 will close 30 June 2020

Do you want to be a leader in your field and make a difference in Pakistan? Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships are now open

An Australia Awards Scholarship provides you with the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised qualification from an Australian institution. It includes all the necessary support and funding to complete your study.

Your career will benefit from new knowledge, leadership skills and the links you create both in Australia and through the Australia Global Alumni network. On your return home, you can make a vital contribution to the social and economic development of Pakistan.

The application process is transparent and competitive, providing equal opportunity to all eligible applicants, regardless of gender, ethnicity or disability.

Australia Awards scholarships will be offered to professionals working in sectors that support Pakistan to achieve sustainable development with particular focus on the empowerment of women and girls, agriculture, infrastructure, water security and inclusive economic development

Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships commencing in 2021 are now open and will close 30 June 2020.

Apply now for your opportunity to gain world-class education and become an emerging leader for development with strong links to Australia.

To apply:

  • read the supplied documentation and information on this website
  • check your eligibility
  • consider your goals and the development needs of your country
  • research available University courses
  • prepare required supporting documentation
  • submit your application on OASIS.

On March 27, the application deadline for Australia Awards Scholarships for studying commencing in 2021 was extended to 30 June. Adjustments will be made accordingly to this website as information becomes available; please check this website and OASIS regularly for updates. 

Important update

Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships now close 30 June 2020. Any further adjustments to application requirements will be posted on this website and on OASIS. Please check this website and OASIS regularly for updates


To assist applicants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have updated the list of documents that must be provided by applicants from Pakistan.

Original Documents Required Other Acceptable Documents OASIS document type Certified / Attested/
IELTS, TOEFL or PTE certificate (valid at 1 January 2021) IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN EXISTING IELTS, TOEFL or PTE CERTIFICATE (valid at January 2021), you can submit either an IELTS Indicator Certificate or a  TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Certificate.

We will also accept the following:

  • IELTS, TOEFL or PTE Certificates taken in 2018 or later

NOTE: If you are given a provisional award, you may be required to produce a valid English Test (IELTS, TOEFL or PTE).

Proof of English language proficiency Yes


The following requirements remain the same:

Documents Document type Certified / Attested/
Passport and citizenship Proof of citizenship Yes
Degree certificates Degree certificates Yes
Academic transcripts / mark sheets Academic transcripts Yes
Academic referee reports (two reports for applicants for Masters degree by research, and one report for applicants for Master’s degree by coursework) Referee report No
Employment referee report (same template as academic referee report) Referee report No
Development Impact Plan (DIP) (use template) Other document No
Curriculum Vitae (CV) (use template) Other document No
Current employment letter Other document Yes
Previous employment evidence Other document Yes
No Objection Certificate (NOC)—for public sector employees only Other document Yes
Certificates of special achievements or merit (if any) Other document Yes
Applicants for Masters degree by research:

  • Evidence (letter or email communication) that the applicant has received in-principle support for their research topic from a potential supervisor at the university
  • Research proposal (include a proposed methodology, timeline and a brief literature review)
Other document No

To be eligible for an Australia Awards Scholarship, you must meet certain standards in English language proficiency, with the results valid as at 1 January 2021. At minimum, you must have:

  • an IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6.0; or
  • a TOEFL internet-based test (iBT) score of at least 84, with a minimum of 21 in all sub-tests; or
  • a PTE Academic overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.
What are Australia Awards?

Australia Awards are prestigious international Scholarships, Fellowships and Short Courses funded by the Australian Government. Australia Awards equip recipients with the skills and knowledge to drive change and contribute to the economic and social development of their own countries.

All recipients of Australia Awards become part of the Australia Global Alumni network, connecting them to Australia and to each other — building an engaged and influential global network of leaders and advocates, and establishing a network of ambassadors for Australia and its first-class education system.

An important area of focus for Australia Awards is the empowerment of women and the inclusion of people with disability and individuals from disadvantaged social groups.

Australia Awards participants


What are Australia Awards Scholarships?

Australia Awards Scholarships are long-term development awards administered by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. They aim to contribute to the development needs of Australia’s partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements.

They provide opportunities for people from developing countries, particularly those countries located in the Indo-Pacific region, to undertake full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian institutions.

For Pakistan, Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for master’s degree-level study in fields agreed with partner governments and aligned with Australia’s development, economic and public diplomacy priorities. Relevant fields for study commencing in 2021 are given the Application Documentation section.

The study and research opportunities provided by Australia Awards Scholarships develop the skills and knowledge of individuals to drive change and contribute to development in their own countries.

For more information about Australia Awards, visit


What benefits are provided?

Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian higher education institution, including any preparatory training. Benefits include full tuition fees, return airfares, contribution to living expenses and medical insurance. Please check the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook for detailed information about Scholarship benefits and entitlements.


Scholarship conditions

Applicants who accept an Australia Awards Scholarship must sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring that they will comply with the conditions of the Australia Awards Scholarship. Scholars are required to leave Australia for a minimum of two years after completing their Scholarship.

For further information, contact the Australia Awards office in Pakistan:
+92 51 2832081 — 4


Please be wary of false advertising and scams. Only refer to this website’s resources and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website here for information regarding the application process for Australia Awards Scholarships. No money is paid for an Australia Awards opportunity at any stage of the process.