Australia is a country surrounded by a large pool of scholarships provided by the Australian government to students from all over the world who wish to study in the country. Mostly, government scholarship programs are made available to students from developing economies, like Nigeria.
There are many scholarships, grants, and bursaries which can help support a Nigerian student in Australia. They are offered by either the Australian government, education providers, or a number of other public and private organizations. All applications and inquiries for scholarships are made through the scholarship provider.
Application opens for Australian scholarships for Nigerian students and other developing countries from Africa every year. These are either partial or full-fee scholarships for an undergraduate, master or Ph.D./doctoral degrees.
Who is eligible for a scholarship?
Scholarships available in Australia are available to various international students and Nigerians are no exception. Most times, the scholarship conditions are set by the institution or the organization offering the scholarship and the applications have to be done directly with the scholarship provider. To find out if you are eligible to receive a scholarship you must contact the organization offering the type of scholarship you want.
Australian Government scholarship opportunities for Nigerian students
- Australia Awards Scholarships
Australia Awards is the foundation of the Government for Australia’s development assistance program for Africa. It provides access to postgraduate education, training, and professional development opportunities for suitably qualified Africans from eligible countries.
The aim is to create education links and promote knowledge through Australia’s extensive scholarship programs. The program brings together scholarships offered by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT), the Department of Education and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
On their return to the workplace, Australia Awards Alumni from Nigeria are expected to contribute actively to development in their home countries. The level of study for this scholarship is a Master’s degree.
Qualified candidates from Nigeria’s public, private and civil society sectors have the opportunity to apply for Australia Awards Scholarships (Masters-level study at an Australian University) and Australia Awards Africa Fellowships (professional development short courses in specialized fields delivered in both Africa
The Australia Awards Scholarships are a cornerstone of Australia’s development assistance to Africa. The initiative provides access to postgraduate education, training and professional development opportunities for suitably qualified Africans from eligible countries, including Nigeria and Cameroon.
Entitlements include the following:
- The full costs of tuition fees for up to two years
- An economy class flight to and from Australia. Excluding excess baggage and travel insurance charges.
- An approximate annual stipend of AUD30,000 to cover living expenses while in Australia
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), covers basic medical costs
- A once-off Establishment Allowance of AUD5,000 to assist with the costs of starting life in Australia and commencing the course
- Scholars, whose families remain in their home country, may be entitled to a reunion airfare allowing them to travel home, midway through the course. This is only available to scholars whose course is for two years or longer.
2. The Destination Australia Program (DAP)
This is a new mobility program for domestic and international students from Nigeria to study in regional Australia. Over 1000 scholarships will be available each year to support all students studying at regional campus locations in qualifications from a certificate IV level and above.
Organizations in Australia that offer scholarships to Nigerian students;
JMC Academy Undergraduate Scholarships for Nigerian Students
To support passionate, talented and dedicated students to excel in their creative industry careers, JMC Academy offers three international student scholarships. Each scholarship covers two trimesters of study. One scholarship will be awarded for each JMC Academy campus (Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney).
Top Australian university scholarship and fellowship programs for Nigerian students
- The University of Queensland Master of Leadership in Global Development Scholarship for Developing countries
- University of Melbourne Human Rights Scholarship for International students
- Victoria University Graduate Research Scholarships for International Students.
- The University of Newcastle and Commonwealth Government Scholarships for Masters and Ph.D.Level of study: Undergraduate and Masters degree
- Quentin Bryce Law Doctoral Scholarship and Teaching Fellowship
- La Trobe University Undergraduate and Postgraduate Africa Scholarships Level of study: Undergraduate and Masters degrees
- Sydney Scholar Awards for International Undergraduate Students
- Adelaide Scholarships International (ASI) Australia for Masters and Doctoral Studies
- La Trobe’s Academic Excellence Scholarships ($10,000 – $20,000) for International Students
- University of Melbourne MBA Scholarships for African Students
- Africa Scholarships at Macquarie University Australia for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies
- Curtin University MBA (Global) Future Leaders Scholarship
- University of South Australia (UNISA) Scholarships for International Students
- Australian Catholic University MBA Scholarship for International Students
- USydIS International Scholarships in Australia level of study: Masters and Doctoral Research
- Sydney Scholars Awards for International Undergraduate Students
- Macquarie University Scholarships for International Students
- University of Melbourne International Research Scholarships (MIRS)
- The University of Newcastle Scholarships for Postgraduate Students
- Australian Catholic University International Student Scholarship Level of Study for Undergraduate Masters and Ph.D. degree
After the deciding stage for the scholarship is passed, the next thing is to find out the required documents for an Australia visa.
The next phase will then be the preparation for your student visa interview.
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