Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships provide people from Pacific developing countries with opportunities to study at selected education institutions in the Pacific region. The purpose of the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships is to give people the opportunity to gain and build the knowledge and skills to drive positive change, and influence their home country’s development.
Participating countries are: Federated States of Micronesia; Fiji; Kiribati; Marshall Islands; Nauru; New Caledonia; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tonga; Tuvalu; and Vanuatu.
How are people selected for scholarships?
Applicants compete on their merit which includes academic achievement and other selection criteria. The selection criteria vary between countries and are developed jointly by the Australian and partner governments.
The department has a gender/equity policy (half of the scholarships are awarded to women and half to men).
To be eligible for a scholarship applicants must:
- be a citizen of and a resident in the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships participating country
- not have or be entitled to permanent residence in Australia; and not be married or engaged to be married to a person who holds or is eligible to hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residence status (unless their country does not issue passports—the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau)
- meet specific eligibility criteria imposed by the Government of the applicant’s country of citizenship
- satisfy the host government’s immigration requirements for regional students
- not hold another scholarship during the period of the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarship
- not be transferring from another scholarship
- not hold or have held an Australian Government scholarship in the two years preceding the proposed time of commencement of the Australia Awards Pacific Scholarship.
What are the scholarship conditions?
Applicants who are offered a scholarship will be asked to sign an undertaking declaring that they will comply with the conditions of that scholarship. Partner countries may impose their own conditions on the scholarship.
- studying full time and meeting all course requirements
- not changing enrolment without the prior written approval of the department
- making satisfactory academic progress
- complying with restrictions on employment in the country of study
- accepting that the scholarship may be withdrawn by the Australian Government
- returning to the home country on completion of the scholarship
- restrictions on returning to the country of study or travelling to Australia within 2 years of the completion of the scholarship
- repaying the total amount of the scholarship if condition (6) or (7) are not adhered to.
How do I apply?