Australian universities offer many research scholarships and merit based scholarship to international students. The applicants need to contact with individual universities to see if they do so in the applicant’s field of study.
Australia Government provides Australia Awards scholarships and fellowships to international students. Not all are applicable to international students. Following two are applicable and are huge.
Australia Awards scholarship
Australia Awards scholarship is designed to equip citizens of developing countries with skills and knowledge so that they can contribute to the development of their country.
The scholarship is available to Nepali citizen to obtain Master’s qualification at an Australian tertiary institution (university or TAFE) in fields of Education, Health, Livelihoods and Economic Development, Governance, Gender, Inclusion and Disability and Water Resource Management. The priority is given to eligible women, people with disability and people from traditionally marginalized groups and remote regions of Nepal.
Australia Awards Nepal (Chhetrabikram Marg, Panipokhari Maharajgunj, Kathmandu) provides detailed help and support in this regard.
Duration: completion of course
Coverage: full tuition fees, return air travel, Establishment allowance, health insurance, living expenses and other support.
Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships
Funded by the Australian government, they are the merit based Scholarships and Fellowships available to international students to undertake study, research or personal development. It involves postgraduate scholarship, research fellowship, Vocational Education and Training (VET) scholarship and executive scholarship.
Duration: Up to 2 years for a Masters, Up to 4 years for a PhD
Coverage: Tuition fee, travel allowances, establishment allowance, monthly stipend and health insurance
International Research Training Program (RTP)/ International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)
RTP –previously known as IPRS, administered by individual university, provides opportunity to international students to undertake a postgraduate research qualification in Australia.
Duration: two years for a research master’s degree or three years for a research doctorate degree
Coverage: The scholarship covers tuition fees and health cover costs for scholarship holders, and health cover costs for their dependents.
International students are not eligible for any kind of government subsidies and student loan. However, some university (like UWA) does provide student loan to the international student.