Programme outline

Australia Awards Scholarships are postgraduate scholarships that lead to an academic qualification from an Australian university. The objective of the Awards is to provide high-quality education and training to talented Africans who will be in a position, on their return home, to make an important contribution to national or regional development.

Degree level

Master’s degree and Short Courses


Application deadline for Master's level study (2018 intake) is 15 December 2016 and application for short courses (June 2017 and May 2018 intake) closes on 15 January 2017.

Who can apply?

Hold an undergraduate degree
Be employed in a field relevant to South Africa’s national development priorities
Application must be endorsed by employer
Applicants can be from the public sector, civil society organisation and private sector.
Satisfactory English proficiency to enable full participation in a training course delivered in English.
Demonstrate a clear vision for how the knowledge gained through the Short Courses will be used to improve policy, practice or reform in their home country.

Fields of Study

Development Studies
Natural Resources Management
Water and Sanitation

Application process



Please note that this opportunity is not offered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Applicants are required to undertake their own research into programmes and institutions. If there are any discrepancies in the details provided, the information given by the sponsor supersedes the details provided above.