Australian Embassy

Australia Awards Scholarships Now Open

Media Release

1 February 2017

Indonesia’s best and brightest students will have the opportunity to study in Australia with applications now open for the Australia Awards scholarships.

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson, said the scholarships for postgraduate courses at any of Australia’s world class universities are for study in 2018. 

Candidates are selected on academic achievement, leadership qualities, English skills and their potential to contribute to development in Indonesia across a range of sectors, including economic growth, education, and governance.

“Recipients can not only gain an internationally recognized masters or doctoral degree, but also experience the best Australia has to offer – an outdoor lifestyle, exciting cities with a booming café culture and the chance to make lifelong friendships,” Ambassador Grigson said.

Australia is Indonesia’s favourite overseas study destination, with a quarter of all students who choose to study abroad enrolling at an Australian university. And in the highly regarded Times Higher Education’s ranking of the most international universities, five Australian institutions have been named in the top-25 most international universities – based on the proportion of international staff and students and the strength of cross-border research collaborations and international reputations.

In the top 25 were the Australian National University, University of NSW, University of Melbourne, Monash University and the University of Sydney.

For more than 60 years, the Australia Awards have been an essential part of the Australian Government’s partnership with Indonesia. In the last 15 years alone, more than 5000 Indonesians have been awarded an Australia Award Scholarship to study in Australia.

Australia Awards alumni have been promoted to senior positions across Indonesia in government, universities and private sector.

Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships are open from 1 February and close on 30 April 2017. For further information on Australia Awards Scholarships, including the online application form, visit

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