Australia Awards

Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships and fellowships funded by the Australian Government offering the next generation of global leaders and opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development.

The Australia Awards are a whole-of-government initiative bringing together scholarships and fellowships administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Education, and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, offering the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia and for high-achieving Australians to do the same overseas.

Since 1950s Australia’s aid program has funded more than 80,000 scholarships and fellowships for scholars representing more than 120 countries have completed courses of study in Australia before returning to their home countries.

Originally administered under the Colombo Plan for aid to South and Southeast Asia, scholarships and fellowships administered and funded through Australia’s aid program have undertaken a number of iterations since, such as Australian Development Scholarships, Australian Leadership Awards, and others, offered to tens of thousands of students. 

From 2009 onwards the scholarships have been known as the Australia Awards.

The Australia Awards promote knowledge, educational links and enduring ties between Australia and its neighbours, and the world.

Many alumni under these programs now hold high profile leadership roles in their respective countries, and have made significant contributions to the economic and social development of their respective countries after returning home.

Visit the DFAT Australia Awards page

Global Tracer Facility

Challenges exist in monitoring and evaluating the contribution of Australia Awards to alumni in terms of their personal careers, the economic and social development of their home countries, and the public diplomacy benefits that the experience of studying in Australia may have yielded.

Eliciting feedback from less recent alumni has proven to be difficult , but is especially important as these alumni will have progressed further in their careers and may therefore be able to offer valuable longer term insights.

Building on Tracer Study methodology which has been tested and refined over the last five years in South and West Asia, the Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to locate, connect with and collect valuable information from Australia Award and other development scholarship alumni.

Learn about our tracer study approach