Eligibility Criteria

Australia Awards applicants must meet all eligibility requirements detailed in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook available at: http://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Pages/australia-awards-scholarships-policy-handbook.aspx

In addition to these global eligibility requirements, candidates must also meet the following country-specific conditions: 

  • be a citizen of Cambodia (only). 
  • be a resident of Cambodia for a period of 24 months immediately prior to 01/02/2017 (i.e. the day applications open) other than for short absences related to employment, professional development or holidays.
  • already hold a Bachelor degree, if applying for a Masters or already hold a Masters, if applying for a PhD. 
  • Masters level applicants must have an English language proficiency of at least an IELTS score of 5.5 overall with no sub-band less than 5.0 (or TOEFL equivalent)
    • for the purpose of this application, IELTS (or TOEFL) test results must have been obtained after 1 January 2016
    • applicants without a current IELTS (or TOEFL) test result may be invited to take an IELTS test after applications have been submitted.
  • PhD level applicants must have an English language proficiency of at least an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no sub-band less than 6.0 (or TOEFL equivalent) 
    • for the purpose of this application, an IELTS (or TOEFL) test result must have been obtained after 30 April 2016.
  • have at least 24 months full-time (equivalent) work experience. Please note:
    1. Paid internships are considered as work experience/employment
    2. Work experience is calculated up to 30 April 2017 (closing date of applications)
    3. Work experience can be a combination of part-time experience/employment, so long as the full-time equivalency (of 24 months) can be readily calculated and evidenced.

In the case of applicants applying for a Masters scholarship, preference will be given to applicants who do not already have a Masters degree from another country (other than Cambodia).


Australia Awards Scholarships are administered by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), which has a zero tolerance of fraudulent activity or behaviour. DFAT defines fraud as dishonestly obtaining a benefit, or causing a loss, by deception or other means. For example, providing false or misleading information or not providing relevant information could be considered as fraud. This includes failing to declare previous study undertaken, irrespective of whether it is complete or incomplete or undertaken within Cambodia or another country. 

Where fraud is detected, the application will be deemed ineligible and the applicant will be barred from applying for an Australia Awards Scholarship in future rounds.