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Do you want to be a leader in your field and make a difference in Bhutan? Start preparing for your opportunity to gain a world class education and become an emerging leader for development with strong links to Australia.

Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships, for study commencing in 2020, will open in early 2019. So now is the time to start preparing for your application, including ensuring that you satisfy the necessary English language requirements.
For Bhutan, Australia Awards Scholarships will be offered for study at Master’s and Diploma/Certificate level in specific priority fields which are as follows.

Master’s study programs

  • Accounting
  • Business (Marketing)
  • Construction Management
  • Education (Early Childhood)
  • Education (Special Education)
  • Environmental Engineering (Water/Energy)
  • Geo-Technical Engineering
  • Human Resource Management
  • Media and Communications
  • Cyber Security/Network Security
  • Procurement/Supply Chain Management
  • Statistics
  • Taxation
  • Urban and Regional Planning (Transport)

Diploma- or Certificate-level study programs

  • Commercial Cookery
  • Tourism Management

If you intend to apply for an Australia Awards Scholarship, you are encouraged to complete either an IELTS, TOEFL or PTE language examination well before your application is due.

People with disability wishing to apply are encouraged to get in touch with English language test centres as soon as possible so that necessary adjustments can be made to meet individual needs.

The cost of English language testing can be high. Proper preparation considering your individual needs is key to successfully submitting your application.

IELTS testing in Bhutan is offered through the Royal Institute of Management and Institute for Management Studies, both located in Thimphu. Contact these test centres to book a test.
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About Australia Awards

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, 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 countries in South and West Asia, Australia Awards Scholarships offer master’s degree-level study in fields agreed with partner governments and aligned with Australia’s development, economic and public diplomacy priorities. These 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 want to accept an Australia Awards Scholarship will need to 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.