General Requirements

  • Be an Indonesian citizen and be residing in and applying for the scholarship from Indonesia.
  • Not be married or engaged to a person who is eligible to hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent resident status, at any stage of the application, selection, mobilisation processes or while on-scholarship in Australia.
  • Satisfy Australian Government requirements for international student entry to Australia (health, character etc).
  • Not be applying for a visa to live in Australia.
  • Not be applying for another long-term Australia Award unless they have resided outside Australia for twice the length of the total time that they were in Australia (for example, a previous Australia Awards Scholarship recipient in Australia for four years will not be eligible to apply for another Australia Awards Scholarship until they have resided outside Australia or back in Indonesia for eight years).
  • Have satisfied any specific criteria established by Indonesia or government of Indonesia.
  • Not be current serving military personnel.
  • Be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for a DFAT student visa.
  • Be able to satisfy the admission requirements of the Australian university at which the Scholarship is to be undertaken.

Specifically, candidates must: 

  • Be applying for courses that fall within the areas of development priority (see “Priority Academic Area of Study” below).
  • Have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.9. For applicants from GFAs and people with disabilities, have a GPA equal to or higher than 2.75.
  • For Master’s applicants, have an English language proficiency of at least 5.5 in IELTS (or 525 in paper-based TOEFL or 69 in internet based TOEFL or 46 in PTE Academic). For applicants from GFAs and people with disabilities, have an English language proficiency of at least 5.0 in IELTS (or 500 in paper-based TOEFL or 59 in internet based TOEFL or 38 in PTE Academic).
  • For PhD applicants, have an English language proficiency of at least 6.0 in IELTS (or 550 in paper-based TOEFL or 79 in internet based TOEFL or 54 in PTE Academic).
  • The IELTS, TOEFL or PTE Academic result must be current (a test result obtained in April 30, 2019 until April 30, 2021 will be considered current). Applicants may use the results of the IALF–AAI Placement Test that they took in 2020 to support their Australia Awards Scholarships application in 2021. No other English language test (including TOEFL prediction test) results will be accepted.
  • Provide contact details of test centre for verification of TOEFL test results.
  • Include a minimum of one (1) copy of the original Institutional TOEFL test result.
  • Already hold an undergraduate degree, if applying for a Masters.
  • Already have a Masters, if applying for a Doctorate.
  • Answer all relevant questions on the application form.
  • Be willing and available to undertake full-time (Monday-Friday from 8 am to 4 pm) English for Academic Purposes (EAP) training in Indonesia prior to studying in Australia, if offered a scholarship.


  • If applying for a Doctorate, applicants will be prioritised to staff of universities, higher education institutions, research institutes, key policy makers and targeted candidates in other agencies associated with DFAT activities.
  • It is highly desirable for Doctorate applicants to have a letter of support from an Australian university for their proposed field of study.

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