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Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships commencing in 2023 will close 29 April 2022

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 2023 are now open and will close 29 April 2022.

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/institution courses
  • prepare required supporting documentation
  • submit your application on OASIS.

For Bhutan, Australia Awards Scholarships will be offered for study at Master’s degree and in specific priority fields listed below.

Master’s programs

  • Civil/Structural Engineering
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information System Management
  • International Law and Diplomacy
  • Mineral and Energy Economics
  • Professional Accounting
  • STEM Education
  • Taxation

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

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

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 2023. At minimum, you must have:

  • an IELTS (Academic) score of at 6.5 or higher (with no individual band score of less than 6.0) or an equivalent TOEFL or PTE score. Scores must be valid at 1 January 2023.

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.

TOEFL iBT is the only English language proficiency test currently available in Bhutan. It is offered through the Royal Institute of Management and Chhundu Training Institute, both located in Thimphu. Contact these test centres to register for a test.

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
  • be employed in an organisation on a full-time basis
  • have at least three years of relevant work experience, including probation periods
  • have relevant academic background for the proposed study program (see priority fields of study – (Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC); Ministry of Labour and Human Resources (MoLHR))
  • priority fields of study – RCSC; MoLHR)
  • 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 National Human Resource Development
  • meet any other eligibility criteria specified under the BCSR 2018 or the ‘HRD Rules and Regulation for Non-Civil Service Sector 2020’, 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.

Australia Awards – South Asia & Mongolia, recently conducted course advice sessions for potential Australia Awards Scholarships applicants to learn more about Australian universities and courses for their application.

The recording is now available from the session here.

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, (975) 17128452




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.