Study in Australia

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.

Applications for Intake 2021 are now closed

Key dates

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the assessment and selection process for Australia Awards Scholarships Intake 2021 has been rescheduled to the following dates:

30 June 2020 Applications close
17 August – 21 September 2020 Shortlisting of candidates
October 2020 Shortlisted candidates informed
26 – 31 October 2020 English language tests
26 October – 4 November 2020 Selection panel interviews
7 December 2020 Announcement of provisional awardees
December 2020 – February 2021  Institution placements, health checks and visa processing
11 – 29 January 2021  Pre-departure training in Port Moresby
April 2021 Awardees begin mobilising for Semester 2, 2021 commencement

Six Priority Sectors

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

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Agriculture

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

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Health

Audiology
Clinical education
Companion animal studies
Epidemiology
Exercise science
Health
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
Midwifery
Nutrition and dietetics
Occupational health and safety, and environmental health
Occupational therapy and rehabilitative services
Orthotics and prosthetics
Physiotherapy
Population health
Public health
Sexual and reproductive health
Speech therapy

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Education

Clinical education
Climate Change studies
Dietetics and nutrition (for schools)
Digital learning and technology (for teaching)
Education
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

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Law & Justice

Commercial Law
Criminology and corrections
Cybersecurity/ Cyber-governance
Employment/Labour Relations Law
Environmental Law
Health/Medical
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

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Governance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance law
Business
Business economics
Climate change
Disability policy and practice
Economics and public policy
Electronic business/e-commerce
Construction Law
Entrepreneurship
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
Evaluation
Finance
Governance and leadership
Innovation and Enterprise
Leadership
Mining/Energy/Resources Law
Risk management
Sustainable built environment
Sustainable development
Sustainability and climate policy

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Transport & Infrastructure

Civil engineering
Design Science
Disaster Resilience
Emergency and disaster management
Engineering
Environmental governance
Environmental planning
Facilities Management
Fire Safety and Risk Engineering
Geoscience
Geographic Information Science
Geology and Geophysics
Health management
Hydrology
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

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Intake 2020 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

Please refer to the Applicant Information Booklet for more information.

Selection process

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

Our Stories

Health is everybody’s business

Health is everybody’s business

When Dawaleia Norris (pictured above, first on left) completed a Master of Environmental Health with an Australia Awards Scholarship in 2019, dealing with a global pandemic was not in her plans. Fast forward to today, and Dawaleia is at the frontline. As a team leader...

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Ending family violence everybody’s business

Ending family violence everybody’s business

Australia Awards scholar Melkie Anton (pictured above) is a male advocate working to end violence against women – a shared challenge for Papua New Guinea and Australia. Male advocates campaign against family violence through community awareness-raising and education....

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