Australia Awards Alumni Network

Australia Awards Alumni Network



The Australian Government is committed to supporting a global network of international alumni who have studied in Australia to remain connected to Australia.

Strengthening engagement and building networks of Australian-educated alumni will help the Australian Government deliver on its public diplomacy commitments.

Central to this will be facilitating contact and ongoing connections between alumni and Australia, its businesses and diaspora.

Strong and enthusiastic local alumni networks, working alongside and with Australia’s extensive network of embassies, open up opportunities for alumni to:

  • remain connected to each other through face-to-face activities and an online social media platform;
  • form new personal and professional networks;
  • access ongoing local, regional and global opportunities for networking and professional development;
  • play an ongoing role in the implementation of scholarships program;
  • remain connected to Australia.




Professional Development

Australia Awards offers alumni access to continued professional development opportunities. In addition to continuing training and education, these events are highly interactive, allowing participants to share ideas and experiences to strengthen their professional networks.

Past professional development events:

  • The establishment of the Women in Leadership Network in November 2015 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Women Australia Awards alumni leaders from the South and West Asia region participated in this event.
  • A Policy and Leadership Program was organised in late November 2015 in Canberra, Australia, for Senior Public Sector Executives from South and West Asia.
  • A number of alumni from the region that specialise in nutrition and public health participated in the International Conference on Maternal and Child Nutrition in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in November 2015.
  • Women Australia Awards alumni from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal and Bhutan participated in the Women in Business Leadership Conference in February 2016 in Karachi, Pakistan. 
  • Australia Awards alumni in Afghanistan participated in a one-day professional development workshop on the topic of Emotional Intelligence in February 2016.


Networking Events

The Program organises regular networking events designed to assist newly returned scholars reintegrate into their workplaces and broader professional environments and to foster and maintain linkages between Australia Awards alumni, Australian diplomatic missions and organisations, and other alumni and development sector groups and associations.


Australia Awards Ambassadors Initiative

In 2015, the former Australian High Commissioner to India, HE Patrick Suckling, appointed 23 eminent alumni of the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships, and Australia Awards, as program Alumni Ambassadors. Their role was to promote the scholarships to target populations and partner organisations in the South and West Asia region.

The program recognised the invaluable contribution of these alumni and capitalised on their knowledge and experience in promoting these prestigious scholarships to other potential applicants.  The initiative taps into the enormous potential of alumni through identifying a cadre of volunteer champions across South and West Asia who are committed to promoting and representing Australia Awards/Endeavour Scholarships and further raising the profile of Australia in the region.

In 2016, 10 Alumni have been appointed from India and two each from Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Bangladesh to serve this Ambassadors role. 


Alumni Associations

National Australia Alumni Associations have been established throughout the region and engage alumni that have studied in Australia in professional development, networking, and socio-civic development activities.

Find out how to join your local alumni association and learn about their activities through the links below:


Afghanistan Australia Alumni Association: Webpage
Bangladesh: Facebook page
Bhutan: Facebook page
Maldives: Facebook
Nepal: Webpage
Pakistan: Contact the Australia Awards Office, Pakistan
Sri Lanka: Facebook page


Mentoring program

As a returned scholar you understand the personal and academic challenges that scholars sometimes experience when they first arrive in Australia.  If you are willing to assist the next cohort of scholars from your country, please contact your Australia Awards country office by e-mail listed below:


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Australia Awards Promotions

Alumni are ideal representatives for Australia Awards and are invaluable in promoting them.  As an alumnus you can inform others about Australia Awards in various ways, including:

  • Discussions with your family, friends and work colleagues
  • Disseminating scholarship information through your professional networks
  • Distributing pamphlets and posters in your work place and other relevant locations
  • Speaking at information sessions for new or returning scholars
  • Writing a short article on how your scholarship benefited your work or broader life experiences


Shaping the future

The Australian Government investigates ways to improve its aid delivery in South and West Asia, including its Australia Awards. As an alumnus, you can help shape future Australia Awards and other aid initiatives by becoming a liaison person for the Australian Government.

Effective and successful alumni engagement can provide short and long term benefits for both the alumni in South and West Asia region and Australia by harnessing better knowledge, improving relationships, strengthening network and demonstrating capabilities.

Please click the link below to register to keep your alumni profile up to date.