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Financial Assistance for Higher Education in Australia

List of Goverment and non-governmental organizations that offer scholarships for Indian students to study in Australia

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The Endeavour Postgraduate Awards provides complete financial support for international students who are looking to pursue a postgraduate program in Australia in any field of study.

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Australia is one of the destinations where as an international student you have the liberty to choose a course that suits your particular goals. Whatever course you choose, you’ll experience a kind of education that is unique and one of a kind which promotes innovative, creative and independent thinking. Australian institutions apart from helping you with your education, they help you learn to work as a team, communicate effectively and develop practical and intellectual skills needed for success.

The education system in Australia has a strong international reputation and is known for its effective structure and innovative policy developments. Many countries, eager to improve their own education systems, turn to Australia for advice. Despite the fact that educational expenses are economic compared to the US, the UK and Canada, studying in Australia can still be costly for many Indian and South Asian students. The important deciding factor which enables international students to study abroad is proving their ability to meet their educational and living expenses before travelling to Australia.

Australian Financial Assistance for Indian Students 

Financial assistance is a significant opportunity, serving qualified students to complete their education. Australia provides many outstanding scholarships, grants and fellowships. Some of the popular Australian scholarships, grants and fellowships are:

Australian Development Scholarship

Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) are scholarships for international students who wish to study in Australian Universities and return to their home country to contribute to the national and regional development of their country. ADS are available for undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees, PhD degrees and vocational education and training courses. The application deadline is 30th February, 2013 contact immediately for more information.

Australian Leadership Award

The Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) scholarships act as a supplement to ADS. The recipients undertake a Leadership Development Program which provides chances to augment their leadership capacity and extend their association while in Australia. The application intakes are generally around March-June.

International Postgraduate Research Scholarships 

The International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS) allows foreign students to take on a postgraduate research qualification in Australia and gain experience working with leading Australian researchers. Funds are available for a period of 2 years for Master’s by research or 3 years for Doctorate by research. The application intakes are generally around July-October.

Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship Awards

The Endeavour Postgraduate Awards provide complete financial support for international students for 2 to 3.5 years to pursue Master’s or PhD either by coursework or research in Australia in any field of study. The application intakes are generally around April and closes by June.

Endeavour Executive Awards

The Endeavour Executive Award offers professional growth prospects of 1-4 months in Australia for achievers in business, industry, education or government from developing countries. The Awards centres on constructing skills and knowledge through a host work environment rather than enrolling recipients in a formal study program at a host organisation and are not intended to fund direct academic research. The application intakes are generally around April.

Australia Leadership Awards Fellowships

The Australia Leadership Awards Fellowships are research, short-term study and professional attachment programs offered by Australian organizations. The ALA Fellowships are a part of a regional program that aspires to develop leadership and build partnerships and linkages with developing countries.  The program is meant for those who are already leaders or have the potential to take up leadership roles that can influence socio-economic policy reform and development outcomes.

CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship Program

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Postgraduate scholarship program provides opportunities in science and engineering for exceptional students who enrol at any Australian tertiary institutions as a full-time postgraduate student for research leading to PhD.

Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships

The Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships from Rotary Foundation of Rotary International provide funds for an academic year of study in Australia. This fund is meant to help pay costs related to round-trip transportation, course fee and living costs and at a flat grant amount of AU$27,000 for Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD in research or coursework.

Indian Financial Assistance for Indian Students

Mostly, Indian scholarships and grants provided by the Indian government and nongovernmental organizations are in the form of no-interest or interest free loans to assist Indian students to study abroad.

Indo-Australia S&T Visiting Fellowship Programme

The Indian National Science Academy, intakes applications from outstanding Indian Researchers and Senior Professional Scientists who have regular positions in Indian recognized S&T Institutions/Universities and actively engaged in research in frontline areas in all fields of Science & Technology including Agriculture and Medicine and to visit Australia.

The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund

The Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) allows Australian researchers from public and private sectors to contribute in leading edge scientific research projects and workshops with Indian scientists and support the progress of strategic alliances between Australian and Indian researchers.

Postgraduate Merit Scholarship for University Rank Holders

The Postgraduate Merit Scholarship is awarded by University Grants Commission to students pursuing PG first year regular non-professional degree course in any renowned university or a post-graduate college. The application intake’s deadline is on October.

Postgraduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship for Single Girl Child

The University Grants Commission invites students to apply for Post-Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship for Single Girl Child with the purpose of supporting post-graduation education through scholarships to female students who happen to be the only child in the family. The application intake’s deadline is on October.

West Bengal Government Merit-cum-Means Scholarship Scheme

The West Bengal Government offers an ongoing scheme the Merit-cum-Means Scholarship Scheme for providing financial assistance to poor and meritorious students of West Bengal looking to pursue higher education abroad.

Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana Fellowship

Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt of India offers the “Kishore Vaigyanik ProtsahanYojana” (KVPY)  program, which was started in 1999 encouraging students of Basic Sciences to take up research careers in Science.
Hope this article helped you know about the financial assistance available for Indian students to study in Australia.
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