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Australia for ASEAN scholarships

Australia for ASEAN scholarships are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government to the next generation of leaders from ASEAN member states and Timor-Leste. 

By undertaking a Master's degree, recipients develop the skills and knowledge to drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links with Australia. 

Australia for ASEAN scholars will also participate in an ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program, which will provide a range of learning, networking and professional development opportunities. 

Applicants are assessed on their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and their potential to impact on one of the four priority areas in the ASEAN Outlook for the Indo-Pacific: maritime, connectivity, economic development, and the sustainable development goals 2030. 

Applications are strongly encouraged from women, people with disability and marginalised groups.

Applications for commencement in 2025 opened 13 March 2024 and will close 30 April 2024.

For Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand please refer to "More information" for closing date details.

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Australia for ASEAN scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian education institution, including any preparatory training.

Scholarship recipients will receive:

  • return air travel
  • a one-off establishment allowance on arrival
  • full tuition fees
  • contribution to living expenses
  • introductory academic program
  • overseas student health cover for the duration of the scholarship
  • supplementary academic support
  • fieldwork allowance for research students and masters by coursework which has a compulsory fieldwork component
  • a place in the Indo-Pacific Emerging Leaders Program.

Online applications

Citizens of the following ASEAN countries: Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand apply online at Australia Awards Indonesia. For further details, please refer to "More information".

Citizens from the following ASEAN countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines and Vietnam plus Timor Leste should follow the same application procedure as Australia Awards Scholarships 2025 Intake for your country. For further information, please visit Australia Awards Participating Countries.

Selection process

Applications will be shortlisted after eligibility checking and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection process will include an interview.

Applicants will be assessed on:

  • academic competence
  • potential outcome, specifically advancing the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific
  • professional and personal leadership attributes including relevant work experience.

Successful candidates will be notified in late 2024. Travel will be subject to meeting the requirements imposed by the Australian Government, as determined by the Department of Education, and must meet the requirements imposed by state and territory governments.

The candidates will be required to attend:

  • course counselling
  • pre-departure briefing
  • university's Introductory Academic Program
  • other required preparatory study on arrival in Australia.

More information

For enquiries relating to the application process, email

Additional information is also available in the following documents:

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