Masters by Coursework
The majority of scholarships for PNG awardees are offered for studying a Masters by Coursework.
A Masters by Coursework is a postgraduate degree comprising of core units and elective units of study. It involves attending classes, tutorials, participating in group work, and completing compulsory readings and assessments to an agreed timetable.
Please use the Australian Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) to research your course options. (cricos.education.gov.au)
For more information, please refer to the Applicant Information Booklet.
Australia Awards offer a very limited number of master by research, professional doctorate, and PhD scholarships to support capacity development at PNG higher education and research institutions. (Less than five awards per year.)
Eligibility for research scholarships
- Currently hold a teaching or research role, and
- Currently work at a PNG higher education and research institution
For more information, please refer to the Research Scholarship Factsheet.
Generally, we do not offer undergraduate (Bachelor level) scholarships.
Undergraduate scholarship awards are only offered in very rare circumstances. Less than five undergraduate scholarships are awarded each year.
Undergraduate awards are restricted to:
- Topics that cannot be studied in PNG, and/or
- For people living with disability
All undergraduate applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for scholarships, including at least two years of work experience. School leavers without relevant work experience are not eligible to apply.
For more information please refer to the Undergraduate Scholarship Factsheet .
Six priority sectors and their possible study topics
Sector and study priorities reflect the priorities of the PNG-Australia Partnership and the PNG Medium Term Development Plan III.
Course preferences must be justified by applicants in their application. Any study topic within the six priority sectors may be considered, but priority study topics are encouraged. Refer to the Applicant Information Booklet for more information.
Aquaculture and marine studies
Climate change studies
Plant science and technology
Supply chain management, supply chain innovation and logistics studies
Companion animal studies
Family and sexual violence prevention
Health information management
Immunology, Infection and Microbiology
Nutrition and dietetics
Occupational health and safety, and environmental health
Occupational therapy and rehabilitative services
Orthotics and prosthetics
Sexual and reproductive health
Climate Change studies
Dietetics and nutrition (for schools)
Digital learning and technology (for teaching)
Exercise and sports science
Health Promotion for schools
Human movement (sports teaching)
Nutrition and population health for schools
Outdoor and environmental education
Reading and literacy
Special and Inclusive Education
Law & Justice
Criminology and corrections
Employment/Labour Relations Law
Human Rights Law (including disability)
Intellectual Property Law
Justice and regulation
Security and Strategic Studies
Banking and finance
Banking and finance law
Disability policy and practice
Economics and public policy
Environmental engineering and pollution control
Environmental law and policy
Environmental and resource economics
Environmental risk assessment and remediation
Governance and leadership
Innovation and Enterprise
Sustainable built environment
Sustainability and climate policy
Transport & Infrastructure
Emergency and disaster management
Fire Safety and Risk Engineering
Geographic Information Science
Geology and Geophysics
Infectious disease intelligence
Integrated Water Management
Marine and logistics management
Petroleum engineering and geoscience
Planning; Public health
Urban, environment and regional planning;
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Water Resource Management
Where Can I Study?
You may choose to study at an Australian institution, which has a course listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) website. There are more than 40 institutions to choose from. You must nominate course preferences listed on the CRICOS website. Please also refer to the Study in Australia website.
Possible Australian institutions (in alphabetical order):