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Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships commencing in 2021 will close 30 June 2020

Do you want to be a leader in your field and make a difference in Sri Lanka? 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 Sri Lanka.

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 2021 are now open and will close 30 June 2020.

Australia Awards Scholarships for Sri Lanka will be offered to undertake master’s degree study programs in the priority development sectors of Economic Development, Good Governance and Gender Equality.

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.

On March 27, the application deadline for Australia Awards Scholarships for studying commencing in 2021 was extended to 30 June. Adjustments will be made accordingly to this website as information becomes available; please check this website and OASIS regularly for updates.

Important update

Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships now close 30 June 2020. Any further adjustments to application requirements will be posted on this website and on OASIS. Please check this website and OASIS regularly for updates


In the event you are unable to gather documentation demonstrating your eligibility before 30 June 2020, you should still submit your OASIS application before this date (30 June 2020) with the documentation available to you.

Any additional documentation to be included thereafter with your application could be emailed to the Australia Awards – Sri Lanka office on before 15 September 2020. You should indicate your OASIS Scholarship ID, Full Name and Document Name with every document and follow the document submission guidelines given on the OASIS Applicant User Guide. Contact the Australia Awards – Sri Lanka office for further information.

*Due to the precautionary measures taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, all earlier scheduled walk-in information sessions have been cancelled until further notice.

During this period, the Australia Awards office in Sri Lanka will conduct information sessions via Skype every Thursday at 5.30pm onward. To join these sessions, Register here

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 2021. 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 84, with a minimum of 21 in all sub-tests; or
  • a PTE Academic overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

Applicants working in the districts listed below, and applicants with a disability or those working in the disability sector, will be considered with an overall IELTS band score of at least 6.0 with no band less than 5.0 (or equivalent TOEFL or PTE score).

Special districts
Ampara Batticaloa Trincomalee
Jaffna Kilinochchi Mullaitivu
Mannar Vavuniya Anuradhapura
Polonnaruwa Badulla Moneragala
Puttalam Ratnapura Nuwera Eliya
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.

Australia Awards participants


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 Sri Lanka, 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. The indicative fields for study commencing in 2021 can be found under Application Documentation section.

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.

For more information about Australia Awards, visit


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.

For further information, contact the Australia Awards office in Sri Lanka:

+94 (0) 115 772 97

+94 77 882 3309

+94 76 251 7205



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.