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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 2020 are now open and will close 30 April 2019.

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

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

Master’s degree 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/Certificate level study programs

  • Commercial Cookery
  • Tourism Management

Priority fields of study for applicants under the purview of the RCSC 

Priority fields of study for applicants under the purview of the 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 2020. 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 79, 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 and Certificate 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 and Certificate 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 – RCSC; MOLHR)
  • fit the target applicant profile identified for a particular priority field for study commencing in 2020 (see 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 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.

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


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. Relevant 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.

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.


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.