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Do you want to be a leader in your field and make a difference in the Maldives? Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships are now open

An Australia Awards Scholarship provides you with the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised qualification from an Australian institution. It includes all the necessary support and funding to complete your study.

Your career will benefit from new knowledge, leadership skills and the links you create both in Australia and through the Australia Global Alumni network. On your return home, you can make a vital contribution to the social and economic development of the Maldives.

The application process is transparent and competitive, providing equal opportunity to all eligible applicants, regardless of gender, ethnicity or disability.

Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships commencing in 2020 are now open and will close 30 April 2019. Australia Awards Scholarships for the Maldives will be offered for Masters degrees in the priority development sectors of: Economic Development, Education, Environmental Management, and Good Governance.

Apply now for your opportunity to gain world-class education and become an emerging leader for development with strong links to Australia.

To apply:

  • read the supplied documentation and information on this website
  • check your eligibility
  • consider your goals and the development needs of your country
  • research available University courses
  • prepare required supporting documentation
  • submit your application on OASIS.

For more details on Australia Awards Scholarships for study commencing in 2020, visit an information session conducted in Malé (see the schedule below under Information sessions) or  register now for an online information session via Skype.  

Featured above is Australia Awards scholar Hawwa Yumna.

To be eligible for an Australia Awards Scholarship, you must meet certain standards in English language proficiency, with the results valid as at 1 January 2020. At minimum, you must have:

  • an IELTS (Academic) overall score* of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6.0; or
  • a TOEFL internet -based test (iBT) score* of at least 79, with a minimum 21 in all sub-tests; or
  • a PTE Academic overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

Information sessions will be delivered at the following locations in Malé by Australia Awards representatives from 4 – 6 March 2019, as per the below schedule.


Date Time Venue
4 March 2019 2.00 p.m. Housing Development CorporationGround Floor, Exhibition Centre, Hulhumalé
4 March 2019 8.00 p.m. Civil Services Training InstituteMSL Building, First Floor, Orchid Magu, Malé
5 March 2019 8.00 p.m. Civil Services Training InstituteMSL Building, First Floor, Orchid Magu, Malé
6 March 2019 2.00 p.m. Ministry of EnvironmentGreen Building, Handhuvaree Hingun, Maafannu
6 March 2019 8.00 p.m. Maldives National UniversityCentre for Foundation Studies AuditoriumRahdhebai Higun, Machangolhi, Malé

Click here to Register for an online information session,
 which will be conducted via Skype.Online information sessions will also be conducted for Australia Awards Scholarships for study commencing in 2020.


For further information, contact the Australia Awards office for the Maldives:

Tel: +94 (0) 115 772 977
+94 (0) 778 823 309


What are Australia Awards?

Australia Awards are prestigious international Scholarships, Fellowships and Short Courses funded by the Australian Government. Australia Awards equip recipients with the skills and knowledge to drive change and contribute to the economic and social development of their own countries.

All recipients of Australia Awards become part of the Australia Global Alumni network, connecting them to Australia and to each other — building an engaged and influential global network of leaders and advocates, and establishing a network of ambassadors for Australia and its first-class education system.

An important area of focus for Australia Awards is the empowerment of women and the inclusion of people with disability and individuals from disadvantaged social groups.


What are Australia Awards Scholarships?

Australia Awards Scholarships are long-term development awards administered by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. They aim to contribute to the development needs of Australia’s partner countries in line with bilateral and regional agreements.

They provide opportunities for people from developing countries, particularly those countries located in the Indo-Pacific region, to undertake full-time undergraduate or postgraduate study at participating Australian institutions.

For the Maldives, Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for master’s degree-level study in fields agreed with partner governments and aligned with Australia’s development, economic and public diplomacy priorities. Relevant fields for study commencing in January 2020 will be announced closer to the application opening date.

The study and research opportunities provided by Australia Awards Scholarships develop the skills and knowledge of individuals to drive change and contribute to development in their own countries.

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What benefits are provided?

Australia Awards Scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian higher education institution, including any preparatory training. Benefits include full tuition fees, return airfares, contribution to living expenses and medical insurance. Please check the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook for detailed information about Scholarship benefits and entitlements.


Scholarship conditions

Applicants who accept an Australia Awards Scholarship must sign a contract with the Commonwealth of Australia declaring that they will comply with the conditions of the Australia Awards Scholarship. Scholars are required to leave Australia for a minimum of two years after completing their Scholarship.


Please be wary of false advertising and scams. Only refer to this website’s resources and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website here for information regarding the application process for Australia Awards Scholarships. No money is paid for an Australia Awards opportunity at any stage of the process.