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Refer Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook Sections 2.4, 2.5, 2.6 pp. 20-22

29.    Can I choose any university?

No. DFAT scholarship awardees are accepted by most Australian universities, but not all. A list of participating universities for Intake 2014 is available at:

30.    How do I use CRICOS?

CRICOS is a database of all universities and their courses in Australia available to overseas students. Search for your preferred university and course using the search options available at: There are CRICOS code numbers for both universities and courses. In the application form, you need to enter the code for the course.

31.    How do I select a suitable course and enter it on the application form?

Careful research before selecting courses is essential. Visit university websites, read their handbooks and attend information sessions conducted by the Australia Awards Office team in your country. Once you have researched university options, visit the CRICOS website at:
In researching a course, make sure:

  • it aligns with a Priority Theme for your country
  • it is available for international students
  • it commences in Semester 1, 2015
  • it will help you contribute to sustainable development in your country
  • you meet all enrolment entry requirements, including English language requirements
  • it is no longer than 4 years (if it is an undergraduate course) or 2 years (if it is a Masters course) or no longer than 4 years (if it is a PhD). Note: check your Country Profile for the degrees approved for Australia Awards Scholarships.

32.    Do I have to do a Master’s program by research if I have already completed a Masters by coursework in the same field?

No, it is not mandatory, but recommended that you do so. Your application will be more competitive if you can demonstrate that proposed study builds on existing skills. Note: not all countries in South Asia consider applicants who already hold qualifications at the same level. Check with your Australia Awards Office.

33.    Are there any special requirements for candidates interested in a research degree?

Yes. You must complete the Research Proposal Details section on the application form and upload at least two academic referee reports using the template at You are strongly encouraged to discuss research topics with prospective universities in advance. You must include a supporting document from a supervisor for your research with your application. Check your country page on the Australia Awards website for specific requirements at Guidelines for developing a research proposal are available on the Australia Awards website.

34.    What if my research involves fieldwork and field trips?

Fieldwork is part of any Master’s by research or PhD program. It may be undertaken in Australia or your home country. Read Section 12.3, pp. 68-69 of the Australia Awards Policy Scholarships Handbook for information on fieldwork. If fieldwork is compulsory, the university will record it in OASIS. If it is not included, funds for fieldwork may not be approved.

35.    How are second preferences for courses handled?

If a university declines your first preference, you will be considered for your second preference.  If you cannot be placed in your second preference, DFAT may advise that no placement can be made.  If this is the case, the offer of an Award is withdrawn.

36.    I am studying in Australia and finding it difficult to pay my tuition fees. Can I apply for an Australia Awards Scholarship?

No.  Australia Awards Scholarships do not support completion of studies already commenced in Australia (see Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook, Section 2.5.2, pp. 21).