Am I eligible?

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Australia Awards – Intake 2018

County specific information on Australia Awards Scholarships commencing in January 2018 will be available at before applications open

Australia Awards English Language requirements

Am I eligible?

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Australia Awards applicants must meet all eligibility requirements detailed in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook, available at::
  • be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing the scholarship
  • be a citizen of Sri Lanka
  • be residing in and applying for the Scholarship from Sri Lanka
  • not be married or engaged to be married to a person who holds or who is eligible to hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent resident status, at any of the application, selection or mobilization phases
  • not be current serving military personnel
  • not be applying for a visa to live in Australia
  • not be applying for another Australia Awards Scholarship unless they have resided outside Australia for twice the length of the total time they were in Australia. (For example, a previous awardee who has been on an Australia Awards Scholarship for four years will not be eligible to apply for another Australia Awards Scholarship until they have resided outside Australia for eight years)
  • be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for a Temporary Visa (subclass 576)
  • not have held a foreign scholarship in the 24 months preceding application
  • not have obtained an academic qualification outside Sri Lanka in the 24 months preceding the application closing date, calculated from the date of arrival back in Sri Lanka
  • satisfy the admission requirements of the institution at which the Scholarship is to be undertaken
  • have a tertiary qualification at least equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree
  • select a Master’s course not longer than 2 years in duration

In addition to these basic eligibility requirements, applicants from Sri Lanka must also meet the following country specific conditions:

  • An IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 or a TOEFL paper-based test score of at least 580, with a minimum of 4.5 in the test of written English, or an internet-based TOEFL score of at least 92, with a minimum of 21 in all subtests, or a Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) overall score of 58, with no communicative skill score less than 50. Scores must be valid at 1 January 2017.
  • Applicants working in Northern, Eastern, Sabaragamuwa and Uva Province, and applicants with a disability or those working in the disability area will be considered with an overall IELTS band score of at least 6.0 with no band less than 5.0 (or equivalent TOEFL or PTE score). However, they must meet the English language requirements of their course, if offered an Australia Awards Scholarship.
  • Applicants must be employed in the public, private or civil society sector, and the following criteria must be confirmed by an employment letter: (see ** in table of supporting documents below)
    • PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES must have at least 3 years’ post qualification experience in the public sector with 2 years in a field relevant to the proposed course of study and be confirmed in their current positions.
    • PRIVATE AND CIVIL SOCIETY SECTOR EMPLOYEES must have at least 3 years’ post qualification experience in a field relevant to the proposed course of study.

Special conditions:

Awardees are required:

  • to sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring they will comply with the conditions of the Scholarship
  • to return to Sri Lanka for at least two years after completing their Scholarship, to contribute to the economic and social development of the country. Failure to do so will incur a debt to the Commonwealth of Australia for the total value of the Scholarship.