Scholarships While most international students in Australia are full-fee paying students, another option is to apply for a scholarship.

Scholarships are offered by the Australian Government, education institutions and a number of other organisations. They cover various educational sectors, including vocational education and training, however are not available for international students undertaking English language training specifically in Australia.

Australia Awards initiative

The Australia Awards aim to promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and our neighbours through Australia’s extensive scholarship programs.

The Australia Awards initiative will, over time, build a new generation of global leaders with strong links to Australia.

The Australia Awards brings the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Researcg (ACIAR) scholarships together under the Australia Awards program.

There are currently two programs available under the Australia Awards. They are:

Endeavour Awards

Endeavour Awards is the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Europe and the America’s to undertake study, research or professional development in Australia.

The Endeavour Awards aim to:

  • Develop on-going educational, research and professional linkages between individuals, organisations and countries;
  • Provide opportunities for high achieving individuals from Australia and overseas to increase their skills and enhance their global awareness;
  • Contribute to Australia’s position as a high quality education and training provider, and a leader in research and innovation; and
  • Increase the productivity of Australians through an international study, research or professional development experience.

Further information can be found at:

If you are a current Endeavour Awards holder studying at CIT and have any concerns or questions, please contact our Endeavour Awards liaison officer on or call (02) 6207 4662.

Sonam Dem, Scholarship holder

Recipient of an Endeavour Award (Scholarship) – 2011

Sonam Dem, Bhutan Advanced Diploma of Electronic – Technology

“I searched the internet and found the Endeavour scholarship and applied. I felt like I was the luckiest person on the earth to receive such a prestigious award under the Australian government. I am very grateful to the Australian government for helping someone from an underdeveloped country like Bhutan.

“The scholarship includes tuition fees and my living expenses, which is sufficient and makes me feel secure and gives me peace of mind to concentrate on my study.”

“My long term goal is to get the best education I can from CIT and go back to my country to help my organisation.”

Australia Awards Scholarships

The Australia Awards Scholarships are a highly valued form of development cooperation that aims to contribute to the long term development needs of Australia's partner countries to promote growth and stability. They provide opportunities for people from developing countries to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study in Australia.

Australia Awards equip scholars with the skills and knowledge to drive change and influence the development outcomes of their own country through obtaining tertiary qualifications at participating Australian higher education institutions and technical colleges.

Scholarship holders are required to return to their country of citizenship for two years after they have completed their studies to contribute to the development of their country.

Further information can be found at:

If you are a current ADS holder studying at CIT and have any concerns or questions, please contact our Australia Awards Liaison officer on or call (02) 6207 4662.


Recipient of the Australia Awards Scholarship

2014 Australia Awards Scholarship holders Monica Chakumai and Christine Maleva

Monica Chakumai, Papua New Guinea, Advanced Diploma of Business

"What I have gained from my scholarship is the educational opportunity to study in Australia. I have learnt a lot not just from my study but other things like learning different cultures, meeting new people from different backgrounds. Its been such a great opportunity."

"I would say it has taught me experiences, challenges and most of all a great opportunity to be selected as an Australian Awardee."

"I wish to take with me what i've learnt and the experiences i've had from my course and develop my country and my career in the future."