Study in Australia

Applications for study in 2022 are now closed

Australia Awards Scholarships are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government to the next generation of global leaders for development.  Scholars undertake long-term study and research in priority sectors at universities across Australia.  They develop the skills and knowledge to drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links between Papua New Guinea and Australia.

Intake 2022 key dates

31 May Applications close
21 June – 16 July Assessment and shortlisting of candidates
16 – 20 August Interview of shortlisted applicants
18 – 21 August Essay and English language tests
27 – 30 September Provisional priority candidates and unsuccessful applicants informed
1 – 19 November Pre-departure training
November 2021 – January 2022 Institution placement, health checks and visa processing
To be confirmed Awardees begin mobilisation to Australia

Six Priority Sectors

Sector and study priorities reflect the priorities of the PNG-Australia Partnership and the PNG Medium Term Development Plan III.


Agricultural economics
Aquaculture and marine studies
Climate change studies
Conservation sciences
Food security
Plant science and technology
Soil Science
Supply chain management, supply chain innovation and logistics studies
Sustainable agriculture
Veterinary science


Clinical education
Companion animal studies
Exercise science
facility/infrastructure management
Family and sexual violence prevention
Family planning
Health economics
Health information management
Health management
Health promotion
Immunology, Infection and Microbiology
Infectious diseases
Logistics management
Mental health
Nutrition and dietetics
Occupational health and safety, and environmental health
Occupational therapy and rehabilitative services
Orthotics and prosthetics
Population health
Public health
Sexual and reproductive health
Speech therapy


Clinical education
Climate Change studies
Dietetics and nutrition (for schools)
Digital learning and technology (for teaching)
Education leadership
Exercise and sports science
Health education
Health Promotion for schools
Human movement (sports teaching)
Mathematics teaching
Nutrition and population health for schools
Outdoor and environmental education
Reading and literacy
Science teaching
Secondary education
Special and Inclusive Education
Sports education
Sustainable Development
Teaching Practice

Law & Justice

Commercial Law
Criminology and corrections
Cybersecurity/ Cyber-governance
Employment/Labour Relations Law
Environmental Law
Human Rights Law (including disability)
Forensic science
Intellectual Property Law
Justice and regulation
Maritime policy
Police studies
Security Policy
Security and Strategic Studies
Security management


Banking and finance
Banking and finance law
Business economics
Climate change
Disability policy and practice
Economics and public policy
Electronic business/e-commerce
Construction Law
Environmental design
Environmental engineering and pollution control
Environmental governance
Environmental law and policy
Environmental management
Environmental planning
Environmental and resource economics
Environmental risk assessment and remediation
Governance and leadership
Innovation and Enterprise
Mining/Energy/Resources Law
Risk management
Sustainable built environment
Sustainable development
Sustainability and climate policy

Transport & Infrastructure

Civil engineering
Design Science
Disaster Resilience
Emergency and disaster management
Environmental governance
Environmental planning
Facilities Management
Fire Safety and Risk Engineering
Geographic Information Science
Geology and Geophysics
Health management
Infectious disease intelligence
Integrated Water Management
Marine engineering
Marine and logistics management
Mining engineering
Petroleum engineering and geoscience
Planning; Public health
Sustainable Development
Urban, environment and regional planning;
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Water Treatment
Water Resource Management


Intake 2021 Awards for Masters by Coursework


Intake 2021 Awards to Female Applicants


Intake 2021 Awards to Public Sector Employees


Intake 2021 Awards to People Working in the Provinces

Eligibility checklist

  • Citizen of Papua New Guinea
  • At least two years of work experience in your sector
  • Apply for a progressive qualification
  • Meet the Australian institution course requirements and all visa requirements (subclass 500)
  • Committed to return to PNG
  • Public servants must follow the Government of PNG training bid process. For more information, please refer to Department of Personnel Management.
You are not eligible if you:
  • Currently hold an Australian Government funded scholarship
  • Hold citizenship or permanent resident status in Australia
  • Are married or engaged to be married to someone who holds or is entitled to hold citizenship or permanent residency in Australia

Selection process

  • All applications are considered on a merit basis
  • Application assessment is completed by an independent panel

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