Australia Awards – Bhutan will be conducting online information sessions in February and March 2024 for prospective Australia Awards Scholarships applicants for study commencing in 2025.
How to apply
Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships commencing in 2025 are now open and will close on 30 April 2024.
Apply now for your opportunity to gain world-class education and become an emerging leader for development with strong links to Australia.
The application process is transparent and competitive, providing equal opportunity to all eligible applicants, regardless of gender, ethnicity or disability.
For Bhutan, Australia Awards Scholarships will be offered for master’s degree level and advanced diploma level study in the specific priority fields of study listed below:
To be eligible for an Australia Awards Scholarship for a master’s by coursework program, you must meet certain standards in English language proficiency, with the results valid as at 1 January 2025. 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 writing, and 19 in all other sub-tests; or
- a PTE Academic overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.
To be eligible for an Australia Awards Scholarship for an advanced diploma program, you must meet certain standards in English language proficiency, with the results valid as at 1 January 2025. At minimum, you must have:
- an IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 6.0 with no band less than 5.5; or
- a TOEFL internet-based test (iBT) score of at least 60, with a minimum of 18 in writing, and 16 in all other sub-tests; or
- a PTE Academic overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 42.
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 qualification at least equivalent to an Australian bachelor’s degree to apply for master’s degree by coursework. Please contact Australia Awards – Bhutan office if you are unsure whether your qualification is accredited and accepted in Australia
- for applicants for an advanced diploma of tourism/hospitality programs, have a minimum of year 12 qualification, plus a diploma from the Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality
- for applicants for an advanced diploma of graphic design program, have a minimum of year 12 qualification, plus a critical skills training certificate in graphics
- be currently employed on a full-time basis
- have at least three years of work experience (including the probation period) in your proposed field of study at the time of the application for master’s level program. For advanced diploma applicants, have at least two years of work experience (including the probation period) in your proposed field of study at the time of application
- have relevant academic background for the proposed study program (see given priority fields of study lists agreed by RCSC and MOESD under Scholarships offering)
- provide an employer nomination letter from the Human Resource Officer of your employing organisation/ parent agency, for applicants under the purview of RCSC. For applicants under the purview of the MOESD, please submit an additional nomination letter from the Department of Workforce Planning and Skills Development, MOESD
- meet other eligibility criteria specified under the BCSR 2023 or the HRD Rules and Regulations for Non-Civil Service Sector 2022 of the MOESD (whichever applicable).
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 will conduct online course advice sessions for potential Australia Awards Scholarships applicants to learn more about Australian universities and courses via Zoom.
Register here to attend a course advice session.
Below is a video recording of the course advice session from 2023.
|Name of the site
|Australia Awards information – Australian Government website
|This is the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) dedicated page about how to apply for an Australia Awards Scholarship.
|OASIS (User Guide)
|Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships must be submitted online through DFAT’s Online Australia Awards Scholarships Information System (OASIS). The OASIS User Guide will help you through the application process.
|Universities and Courses in Australia
|The Australian Government’s Study Australia website has everything you need to know about studying, living and working in Australia as an international student, including a course search tool to help you find and compare courses before making your choice.
|List of Australia’s universities
|Australia is home to 41 universities. The Study Australia website lists them all, including links to each university’s own website, and provides a map that shows campus locations across all Australian states and territories.
|Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students
|The Australian Government’s Department of Education maintains a register of all Australian education providers that offer courses to people studying in Australia on student visas, and the courses that each provider offers.
|Scholarship applicants must meet the English language proficiency requirements specified by Australia Awards for their country. DFAT will accept results from any of the English language tests outlined at these links.
|Department of Home Affairs (Student Visa: sub class 500)
|To study in Australia, you must hold a valid student visa (subclass 500). This page from the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs provides more information.
For further information, contact the Australia Awards office in Bhutan:
Karsang Building (No. 4), Room 204, Chorten Lam Thimphu 11001, Bhutan
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.