Eligibility Requirements

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Before submitting an application for an Australia Awards Scholarship, applicants MUST read both the Scholarships Policy Handbook and the Nepal Country Profile.
All details about Australia Awards Scholarships are contained in the Handbook. Nepal-specific information is contained in the Country Profile.

What are the eligibility requirements?

General eligibility criteria

You are eligible if you:

  • are over 18 years of age
  • are a citizen of Nepal and currently residing in and applying for the scholarship from Nepal
  • satisfy all requirements of the Department of Home Affairs for an Australian Student Visa Subclass 500
  • satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which the award is to be undertaken (this may mean that the award will be withdrawn if the recipient cannot satisfy the institution's admission requirements.)

You are NOT eligible if you are:

  • married, engaged to, or are a de facto of a person who holds, or is eligible to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency, at any part of the application, selection or mobilisation phases;
  • current serving military personnel;
  • applying for a course of study in Australia for which you have already achieved the same qualification that is deemed equivalent to the Australian Qualification;
  • applying for another long-term Australia Award without having resided outside of Australia for twice the length of the total time that you were in Australia (for example, a previous awardee who has been on an Australia Awards Scholarship in Australia for four years will not be eligible to apply for another Australia Awards Scholarship until they have been home for eight years).

Detailed information on the Eligibility Criteria can be found in the Scholarship Policy Handbook.

Country-specific eligibility criteria;

In addition to the general eligibility criteria, applicants from Nepal must also meet the following country-specific criteria:

  • have either a four year’s Bachelor’s degree with three year’s relevant work experience; a three year’s Bachelor’s degree with at least one year Master’s degree with three year’s work experience; or two year’s Bachelor’s degree with at least two year’s Master’s degree with four year’s work experience;
  • an IELTS (Academic) average score of 6.5 or above (with no individual band less than 6.0). For women, a person with a disability, a member of traditionally marginalized group or an applicant from the public sector nominated by the Government of Nepal: an IELTS (Academic) average score of 6.0 or above (with no individual band less than 5.0);
  • applicants from the public sector who are nominated by the Government of Nepal must  have their nominations submitted to the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu by the Nepalese Ministry of Finance;
  • applicants wishing to study a Masters by Research must identify a supervisor;
  • awards for 2019 must be taken in Semester 1 of 2019; they cannot be transferred to another semester.

You can visit this link to check your eligibility.