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Australia Awards in Fiji

Australia Awards are prestigious international Scholarships, Fellowships and Short Courses funded by the Australian Government. They offer the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia and the Pacific.

Australia Awards Scholarships support Fiji's strategic priorities through long-term capacity-building of Fijians, who can drive change during and beyond the pandemic. Working closely with key government and private sector partners, the program is committed to key sectors such as health, economic growth, infrastructure, environment and agriculture etc. Since 2012, more than 1000 Australia Awards scholarships have been awarded to Fijians to study at higher education institutions in Australia and the Pacific.

The Australian Government encourages women, people with disability, ethnic minorities, people living in rural areas and members of socio-economically disadvantaged groups to apply.

"The Australia Awards provide opportunities and support the next generation of emerging leaders from around the world."

How to apply

Australia Awards in Fiji offers two study options:

  • Australia Awards Scholarships to study undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Australia.
  • Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships to study TVET, undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Pacific region.

More information, including applicant eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit the Australia Awards Fiji website.

Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships

Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships provide people from the Pacific the opportunity to study at selected education institutions in the Pacific region, including in Fiji at the University of the South Pacific and Fiji National University, in order to gain and build  knowledge to influence their home country's development.

More information, including applicant eligibility criteria can be found at:

Alumni making a difference

Read about how the following Australia Awards alumni are using their skills and experience to make a difference in Fiji.

Ms Elesi Sulinibau: improving women’s health in the outer islands

“In my 12 years of public health experience, I noticed women neglect their health due to multiple responsibilities; being the first one to wake up, looking after the whole family, being the last one to sleep – we don’t have time to look after ourselves.” 

Passionate about helping women realise their health rights, Ms Elesi Sulinibau successfully applied for an Australia Awards Pacific Scholarship to study a Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery at Fiji National University (FNU) in 2017.

Now, as a midwife with the Levuka hospital, Ms Sulinibau helps look after expecting mothers and the safe delivery of babies. She is also part of a community outreach on women’s health, for the Lomaiviti group.

When asked how the scholarship has contributed to her work, Ms Sulinibau said “The scholarship broadened my knowledge and gave me a deeper understanding of women’s health. I can address issues such as bookings, attend to pregnant women and build awareness around cervical and breast cancer, which are the causes of high mortality rate in women.”  Ms Sulinibau says she is now more confident in addressing women’s health issues. “I carry my knapsack with women’s health information, folders, cord clamps and a picture of the cervix everywhere.”

Ms Sulinibau enjoyed her Australia Awards journey, with her fondest memory, receiving her graduation certificate in front of her family. She is still close friends with fellow midwifery graduates, often sharing knowledge and providing support.

A proud alumnus, Ms Sulinibau encourages nurses and fellow Fijians to apply for Australia Awards scholarships: “If you are driven and have a strong passion it will come true. Just dedicate yourself and don’t give up!”

Mr Serupepeli Neiko: committed to combatting trans-national crime for Fiji

Having worked as a police officer for 15 years when he applied for an Australia Awards Scholarship, Mr Serupepeli Neiko thought the study would focus solely on policing. However, after three months at Macquarie University where he studied a Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counterterrorism his mindset totally changed - it was broadened to consider how wider issues such as economics and food security influence policing.

Since completing his degree and returning to his role as the Director of Criminal Investigations, Mr Neiko has been active in establishing the Cyber Safety Pasifika in Fiji; a program that helps the community learn about technology and how to stay safe.

Upon reflection, Mr Neiko believes that his time as an awardee taught him that education does not stop with formal studies. It continues into day-to-day life. He maintains links in Australia with colleagues at Macquarie University and the Australian Federal Police. He also continues to network at key events such as the Asia Cyber Security workshop.

“My time in Australia was a blessing. Professionally I obtained the qualification and established contacts throughout the world. My advice to future awardees is to select your field of study and be committed to it, and finally to implement what you have learnt on your return to Fiji.”

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