Scholarships for international students in Australia and New Zealand

If you are an international student looking to study in Australia or New Zealand, make sure you check out which scholarships are available to you from organisations and universities

March 15 2021
Scholarships for international students in Australia and New Zealand


If you are looking to study abroad in Australia or New Zealand, then you should certainly consider how much it is going to cost you. 

Tuition fees are fairly high in both countries, as is the cost of living, so it’s important that you are aware of the level of funding that you might need. 

However, one way to help to minimise your costs is to apply for scholarships and grants. Each government has a few scholarships for international students from certain countries which could be a good first place to look. Or if there is a specific university that you have your heart set on it is always worth checking to see if they have any scholarships that might suit you. 

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the scholarships that are available to you. 

Types of scholarships

University scholarships – Most universities will offer some kind of scholarships for international students, so your institution of choice should be your first port of call when considering funding. 

Financial scholarships – These scholarships are based on the financial need of the students. The majority of these may only be available to domestic students but some universities will give out needs-based scholarships to international students.

Merit scholarships – For students who are either academically gifted, or aim to broaden a university’s research focus. 

Country-based scholarships – These scholarships are targeted at students from developing countries in particular.

Government-funded scholarships – There are a number of government-funded programmes and scholarships, some of which are listed below. 

Privately-funded scholarships – Sometimes private businesses or donors will fund scholarships for international students. These are also more likely to be targeted at developing countries and minority groups, or in specific areas of study.

Part scholarships - These can range from a small one-off payment the student can use towards their fees or a larger payment that is staggered to cover certain costs of going to university. 

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Australian government and private scholarships

Australia Awards Scholarship – For students in developing countries particularly those in the Indo-Pacific region, this scholarship facilitates full undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian universities. It includes full tuition fees, return air travel, contribution to living expenses and health cover among other things. 

Endeavor Postgraduate Scholarship Awards – These provide full financial support for international students seeking to do a master's or PhD in any field of study in Australia. 

International Postgraduate research scholarships – The IPRS Programme enables international students to study for a postgraduate qualification and work alongside academic researchers in Australia. The scholarship covers tuition fees and health cover costs. 

Destination Australia – Destination Australia is a government mobility programme which encourages international and domestic students to study in regional Australia. 

Research Training Programme – Postgraduate-level scholarships for domestic and international students to study a research degree at a participating Australian university. 

Australian APEC Women in Research Fellowship – This fellowship is for high-achieving female researchers from APEC economies to conduct research in partnership with an Australian university. 

University scholarships

Australian Catholic University – Provides scholarships for international undergraduate and postgraduate students based on academic merit. 

Australian National University – There are a number of scholarships for international students at all study levels. 

Adelaide Scholarships International – These scholarships aim to boost the University of Adelaide's research output by attracting international students to undertake research degrees there. The scholarship includes course tuition fees, annual living allowance and health insurance. 

Charles Darwin University Vice-Chancellor’s International High Achievers Scholarships — Offering 25-50 per cent tuition fee scholarships to international undergraduate and postgraduate students who have a record of academic excellence and high achievement.

Curtin University International Research Scholarships – International scholarships for students undertaking master’s or PhD programmes. 

University of Sydney International Research Scholarships – For students looking to undertake a postgraduate research degree or master's programme and will cover tuition fees for up to three years. 

Macquarie University International Scholarships – Provides a partial tuition fee scholarship for academically bright students to study an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. The amount varies up to A$10,000 (£5,586).

Flinders International Postgraduate Scholarships – These are awarded to applicants looking to pursue a full-time research higher degree. It covers tuition fees, living allowance, establishment allowance, relocation costs and airfares. 

La Trobe Academic Excellence Scholarships for International Students – Targeted towards high-achieving international students from all countries on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. 

Monash University International Merit Scholarships – for outstanding international students wishing to pursue an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Monash University

UNSW International Scholarships — For international undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students commencing full-time study at UNSW. The scholarships may provide full or partial tuition fee payment, while others provide a stipend to assist with the costs associated with your studies.

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New Zealand government and private scholarships 

New Zealand International Scholarships – The New Zealand government offers full scholarships for students to study full-time at a university or a Pacific University.

The scholarships are open to students from selected countries in the Pacific, Africa, Asia, Latina America, Caribbean and Commonwealth countries.

They include full tuition fees, a living allowance, an establishment allowance, medical insurance and travel to and from your own country and New Zealand. Postgraduate students are also offered research and thesis costs. 

ADB Scholarships at University of Auckland – The Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship programme provides an opportunity for students from ADB's developing member countries to undertake postgraduate studies at participating academic institutions in the Asian and Pacific region. 

New Zealand university scholarships 

University of Canterbury International First Year Scholarships – The University of Canterbury offers this scholarship to high-achieving international students starting an undergraduate degree. 

University of Otago International Research Master's Scholarships – This scholarship provides funding for international master's students undertaking a thesis-based master's degree. The scholarship includes NZ$15,000 (£7,952) stipend per annum plus a tuition fee waiver for one year.

Victoria Master's Scholarships – Victoria University of Wellington provides scholarships for full-time research focused master's degrees. The scholarships include a NZ$15,000 (£7,952) stipend plus domestic fees.

University of Waikato International Excellence Scholarships – Provided to international students who demonstrate academic excellence and can become global ambassadors for the University of Waikato

University of Auckland International Student Scholarship – Valued at NZ$10,000 (£5,301), this scholarships gives high-achieving students the opportunity to study at the University of Auckland

Please note all costs and conversion rates were correct at the time of publication. These may vary over time.

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