Applications are now open for Fully-funded Australia Awards Fellowships 2024 for professionals to study in Australia!

Applications for ROUND 19 are now open and must be submitted ONLINE until 11.59pm (AEDT), 7 November 2023.

About the Australia Awards Fellowships

Australia Awards Fellowships aim to build networks of influence and leadership by strengthening partnerships between Australian organisations and partner organisations in the region. Fellowships target senior and mid-career officials and professionals who are in a position to advance development outcomes in priority areas and increase the institutional capacity of partner countries through their leadership.

Through Australia Awards Fellowships, Australian organisations can apply for funding to host and support a range of professional development activities including: work attachment; supervised research; a management or leadership course; a study tour; program meetings and visits or a combination of these. Fellowships can vary in length, ranging from 2 weeks to 52 weeks. A strong feature of a Fellowship is its flexibility. They range from specialist training of Timorese doctors in the endoscopy departments at two leading Australian hospitals, to training government officers from Vietnam on coastal and marine conservation and sustainability.

Award Type

Australia Awards Fellowships provide short-term opportunities for in-Australia study, research and professional development activities, hosted by Australian organisations – and do not lead to academic qualifications. Application rounds are held through a competitive selection process.

Fellowship Award

Australian organisations can request funding of up to AUD $34,500 per Fellow, to a maximum of 15 Fellows to cover:

  • return air travel and relevant in-Australia travel
  • training costs
  • accommodation and living expenses
  • medical insurance costs when in Australia (for Fellowship holder only)
  • special assistance for people with disability
  • program overhead fee.

Alumni Case Study – insights into Short Course Capacity Building – September 2021

In surveys conducted by the Australia Awards Global Tracer Facility, Alumni were able to contribute to development, and build capacity within their organisations and countries through:

  • Fellowships improvements within their organisations – 99.3%
  • Fellowships improvements within their local communities – 91.1%
  • Fellowships contributions to development at a national level – 92.3%
  • Fellowships contributions to development at a regional or global level – 82.6%.
  • Fellowships contributions to building capacity of colleagues – 99%

Australia Awards Fellowships Key Dates

DateWhat’s happening
11 October 2023 (9.00am AEDT)Applications open online via Smartygrants.
7 November 2023 (11.59pm AEDT)Applications close. Applications must be submitted ONLINE via Smartygrants PLEASE NOTE: You have until 11.59pm (AEDT) on the closing date to submit your online application. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted for assessment. Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted for assessment.
March to June 2024Australian Organisations will be notified of the outcomes from Stage 1: Quad infrastructure Fellowships Program and other approved proposals for 2023/24 funding. Unsuccessful Round 19 proposals will also be advised.  Please note:  Feedback on unsuccessful proposals will not be provided.
July to September 2024Successful proposals for 2024/25 funding.
No later than six months prior to Fellow mobilisation to AustraliaStage 2: Successful Australian Host Organisations to nominate Fellows and reserves, update activity table, confirm travel dates and complete other information via a Supplementary Form that will be made available at Smartygrants

Fellow Eligibility

Australian organisations must ensure that all nominated Fellows meet the following general eligibility requirements:

  • be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of commencing the Fellowship
  • not be a permanent resident or be applying for permanent residency in Australia or partner of someone who is
  • be a citizen of an eligible country
  • not be current serving military personnel
  • be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Home Affairs for (DFAT sponsored) student visas subclass 500
  • be able to participate in the Fellowship.
  • be able to travel without family members as DFAT will only fund and provide visa support letters for individual Fellows, not their family members
  • Fellows with a disability that requires assistance must travel with a carer

Australia Awards Fellowships Participating Countries

Southeast Asia

Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam

South Asia and Middle East

Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iraq, Jordan, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories and Sri Lanka


Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna


Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe



Please note: Proposals for Brunei Darussalam, New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Singapore will not be considered in Round 19.

Australia Awards Fellowships Priority Areas

Fellowship programs must align with the following six development priority areas:

  • Climate change, adaptation, resilience and green energy transition
  • Gender equality, disability equity and social inclusion
  • Health
  • Digital Economy (including cyber, critical technology and media engagement)
  • Maritime and the Blue Economy
  • Infrastructure and connectivity

How to Apply for the Australia Awards Fellowships

Applications for Australia Awards Fellowships ROUND 19 are now open and must be submitted ONLINE via Smartygrants.

PLEASE NOTE: You have until 11.59pm (AEDT), 7 November 2023 to submit your online application.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted for assessment.

Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted for assessment.



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