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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 Bhutan? 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 Bhutan.

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.

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 for Masters level or Diploma level
  • consider your goals and the development needs of your country
  • research available University/Institution courses
  • prepare required supporting documentation
  • submit your application on OASIS.


On 27 March, 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


To assist applicants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have updated the list of documents that must be provided by applicants from Bhutan


Original Documents Require Other Acceptable Documents OASIS document type Certified 
Ordinary passport Proof of citizenship Yes
Citizenship identity card Proof of citizenship Yes
Birth certificate Proof of citizenship Yes
Degree certificate and PG Diploma certificate (if applicable) for Master’s applicants IF UNABLE TO COLLECT ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPTS AND CERTIFICATES: provide academic mark sheet and provisional certificates.


NOTE: Shortlisted applicants will be required to submit a copy of original degree certificates and transcripts

Degree certificate Yes
Degree and PG Diploma academic transcripts/marksheets* for Master’s applicants Academic transcripts Yes
Year 12 certificate for Diploma applicants Degree certificate Yes
Year 12 marksheets for Diploma applicants Academic transcripts Yes
IELTS or TOEFL or PTE certificate (valid at 1 January 2021)
  • IELTS, TOEFL or PTE Certificates from tests taken in 2018 or later will be accepted.
  • If all other document requirements are met, applications will be accepted without an English language proficiency test result, for eligibility purpose.


NOTE: If you are nominated for Australia Awards, you will be required to produce a valid English Test (IELTS, TOEFL or PTE).


Awardees’ English language test results must be valid at 1 January of the year in which the awardee is commencing studies in Australia (IELTS, TOEFL scores, and PTE Academic are valid for two years after the test date). If an institution requires a different test validity timeframe, awardees must meet the institution’s requirements

Proof of English language proficiency Yes
Nomination letter from employer** Employer or nominating authority statement No
Additional nomination letter from the Dept. of Employment and Human Resources (for applicants under the purview of MOLHR)** Employer or Nominating Authority Statement No
Curriculum Vitae (CV)** Curriculum Vitae No
Certificates of special achievement/merit (if any) Other document Yes
Evidence of previous scholarships (if any) Other document No
Development Impact Plan** Other document No
Recent passport-size photo Other document No
Two referee reports (one professional, one academic)** Referee report No


Applicants for Master’s by research
Three referee reports (one professional, two academic)** Referee report No
Research proposal (inclusive of a proposed methodology, timeline and a brief literature review)** Other document No
Evidence (letter or email communication) that the applicant has received in-principle support for their research topic from a potential supervisor. Other document No


* Applicants should submit both consolidated and year-wise or semester-wise transcripts.

** Templates are available at: 

Note: It takes time for supervisors to complete referee reports. Approach your supervisors as soon as possible to obtain up-to-date referee reports. References should come from employers, senior colleagues or academics familiar with the applicant’s academic, professional skills and achievements. Referee reports from family members or spouses are not acceptable. Referee reports in formats other than the prescribed template will not be accepted.

For Bhutan, Australia Awards Scholarships will be offered for study at masters degree and Diploma level in specific priority fields listed below.

Master’s programs

  • Accounting/Finance
  • Cyber/Network Security
  • Economics
  • Education (Early Childhood)
  • Education Studies
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Geospatial Engineering
  • Human Resource Management
  • Media and Communication
  • Strategic Studies

Diploma level study programs

  • Commercial Cookery
  • Tourism Management

Priority of Fields of Study – Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC)

Priority Fields of Study – Ministry of Labour and Human Resources (MoLR) – Masters

Priority Fields of Study – Ministry of Labour and Human Resources (MoLR) – Diploma

Australia Awards – Bhutan is conducting Online Information Sessions (via Skype) starting 13 April 2020 for potential Australia Awards Scholarships applicants for study commencing in 2021.

To attend these information 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:

Master’s degree level

  • 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.

Diploma level

  • an IELTS (Academic) overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.5; or equivalent TOEFL/PTE scores.

English language testing

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 the Institute for Management Studies, both located in Thimphu. Contact these test centres to book a test.

Please visit the following websites for more details:

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

Australia Awards applicants must meet all eligibility requirements detailed in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook.

In addition to meeting the general eligibility criteria, applicants from Bhutan must also:

  • have completed a tertiary level qualification at least equivalent to an Australian bachelor’s degree for master’s degree applicants, and Year 12 or equivalent for Diploma courses
  • be employed in an organisation on a full-time basis
  • have at least three years of relevant work experience, including probation period, for masters level applicants
  • have at least a year of relevant work experience, including probation period, for diploma and certificate level applicants
  • have relevant academic background for the proposed study program (see priority fields of study – RCSCMOLHR (Masters); MOLHR (Diploma))
  • fit the target applicant profile identified for a particular priority field for study commencing in 2021 (see priority fields of study – RCSCMOLHR (Masters); MOLHR (Diploma))
  • provide an employer nomination letter from the Human Resource Officer of the parent organisation/agency. In addition, applicants under the purview of the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources must also submit a nomination letter from the Department of Employment and Human Resources
  • meet any other eligibility criteria specified under the BCSR 2018 or the ‘HRD Rules and Regulation for Non-Civil Service Sector 2018’, whichever applies.

Generally, Scholarships will not be available for courses of study in Australia where the applicant has already achieved that qualification and the qualification is deemed to be equivalent to the Australian qualification.

Australia Awards will request recognition of prior learning for all Scholarship recipients from Bhutan. If this request is granted, the recipient may be placed in a degree program shorter in duration than that they originally applied for.

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 Bhutan, 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 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 Bhutan:

Karsang Building (No. 4), Room 204, Chorten Lam Thimphu 11001, Bhutan
Phone: 975-2-331845
Fax : 975-2-334793
Mobile: (975) 17127450, (975) 17127451



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.