Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) are a bilateral program within the Australian scholarships program.
Australian Development Scholarships are a highly valued form of development cooperation that aims to contribute to the long term development needs of Australia’s partner countries to promote growth and stability. They provide opportunities for people from developing countries to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study in Australia.
Fields of study are targeted to address agreed priority human resource and development needs of recipient countries, in line with Australia’s bilateral aid program.
Australian Development Scholarships equip scholars with the skills and knowledge to drive change and influence the development outcomes of their own country through obtaining tertiary qualifications at participating Australian higher education institutions and technical colleges.
Scholarship holders are required to return to their country of citizenship for two years after they have completed their studies to contribute to the development of their country.
Up to 1000 Australian Development Scholarships are awarded each year across 31 countries with scholarships awarded equally between men and women.
Categories of Australian Development Scholarships
There are two categories of Australian Development Scholarships:
Public sector: Applicants are public sector employees who are nominated by their governments for an Australian Development Scholarship award through a competitive selection process. Applicants are required to return to their role in the public service at the completion of their award to strengthen public service capacity in their home country.
Open/equity: Applicants do not need to be nominated by their government or employer. Anyone who meets the selection criteria may apply under this category. Applicants are required to return to their country of citizenship after the completion of their award to contribute to the development of the identified priority sector in their country.
Australian Development 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. The following benefits generally apply:
return air travel—payment of a single return, economy class airfare to and from Australia, via the most direct route
contribution to initial visa expenses
establishment allowance—a once only payment of A$5,000 as a contribution towards expenses such as rental bonds, text books, study materials, additional medical insurance, home contents insurance, excess baggage etc
full tuition fees
Contribution to Living Expenses (CLE) is a fortnightly contribution to basic living expenses paid at a rate determined by AusAID. From 1 July 2009, CLE payable to students studying under the Australian Development Scholarship (ADS) is A$25,000
Introductory Academic Program (IAP)—a compulsory 4-6 week program prior to the commencement of formal academic studies covering information on life and study in Australia. See information on IAPs below
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of the award (for award holder only)—provided to cover the student’s basic medical costs
Pre-course English (PCE) fees—if deemed necessary PCE may be available for students for in-country and/or in-Australia training
Supplementary Academic Support (Tutorial Assistance)—may be available when essential to improve the student’s performance to ensure their academic success
fieldwork (for research students only)—may be available for eligible research students for one return economy class airfare via the most direct route to their country of citizenship or within Australia.
Applicants for Australian Development Scholarships must satisfy both the general eligibility criteria and specific criteria established for each country. Applicants will also need to satisfy all requirements of the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
General eligibility criteria
be a citizen of an ADS participating country
not hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent resident status
not married to, a de facto of, or engaged to, a person who holds or is eligible to hold an Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent resident status
not hold or have held an Australian government funded scholarship in the preceding 12 months at the time of application
satisfy any specific criteria established by the applicant’s country and/or government of citizenship
satisfy the admission requirements of the Institution at which the ADS is to be undertaken
satisfy all requirements of the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
Country specific criteria
In addition to the above general eligibility criteria, applicants must also meet specific eligibility criteria imposed by the Government of their country of citizenship. Country specific eligibility criteria are available from the Australian Diplomatic Mission in your country of citizenship, or from the relevant link below.
You are only eligible for ADS if you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below. Enquiries about ADS should be made with the Australian Diplomatic Mission in your country of citizenship.
Please note that Diplomatic Missions in countries not listed below, or AusAID Offices in Australia cannot provide country specific information about the availability of scholarships.
for more information visit : http://www.ausaid.gov.au/scholar/studyin.cfm
The following institutions are eligible to receive ADS students as at January 2010. More information about these institutions
Australian Capital Territory
Australian Catholic University
The Australian National University
Canberra Institute of Technology
The University of Canberra
New South Wales
Australian Catholic University
Charles Sturt University
Southern Cross University
TAFE New South Wales
South Western Sydney
The University of New England
The University of New South Wales
The University of Newcastle
The University of Sydney
The University of Technology Sydney
University of Western Sydney
University of Wollongong
Box Hill Institute TAFE
Gordon Institute of TAFE
Holmesglen Institute of TAFE
Kangan Batman Institute of TAFE
La Trobe University
Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE
Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne University of Technology (TAFE)
The University of Melbourne
University of Ballarat
William Angliss Institute of TAFE
Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE
Brisbane North Institute of TAFE
Central Queensland University
Gold Coast Institute of TAFE
James Cook University
Moreton Institute of TAFE
Queensland University of Technology
Southbank Institute of TAFE
Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE
The University of Queensland
Tropical North Institute of TAFE
University of Southern Queensland
University of the Sunshine Coast
Edith Cowan University
TAFE Western Australia Education and Training International
The University of Notre Dame Australia
The University of Western Australia
Carnegie Mellon University
TAFE South Australia
The University of Adelaide
The University of South Australia
Charles Darwin University
The University of Tasmania