Endeavour Postgraduate funding for International Students in Australia, 2021

Each year Australian Government awards Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship for international students.  The bursaries are offered to undertake a postgraduate qualification at a Master’s or PhD level either by coursework or research in any field of study.

Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship aim to build Australia’s reputation for excellence in the provision of education and research, support the internationalization of the Australian higher education and research sectors and offer high-achieving individuals from overseas and Australia opportunities to increase their productivity and expertise in their field.

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships providing opportunities for Australians to undertake study, research or professional development overseas and for overseas citizens to do the same in Australia.


  • Application Deadline: November 15, 2018
  • Course Level: The studentships are available to undertake a postgraduate qualification at a Master’s or PhD level either by coursework or research at Australian universities.
  • Study Subject: There are no limitations on fields of study for the Award categories.

Award: All successful Individual Endeavour Leaders will receive:

  • Travel allowance of up to AU$3,000 (with provision to pay up to $4,500 under special circumstances)
  • Establishment allowance of between AU$2000 and AU$4,000
  • Stipend of AU$3,000 per month (maximum amount of $AU36,000 per calendar year up to maximum category duration on a pro-rata basis)
  • Health insurance for the full category duration (Overseas Student Health Cover [OSHC] for international recipients)
  • Travel insurance (excluding during program for international recipients

Tuition fees: Individual Endeavour Leaders undertaking postgraduate research or vocational education and training will also receive tuition fees paid up to the maximum study/research duration on a pro-rata basis. Tuition includes student service and amenities fees.

Postgraduate Australian Masters or PhD Up to four years (for a PhD) Up to $30,000 per calendar year Up to $140,500 (Masters) $272,500 (PhD)

  • Number of Awards: The number of opportunities in 2021 will depend on the number of available funds as well as the number of highly suitable applications received.
  • Nationality: International applicants
  • The award can be taken in Australia


Eligible Countries: Students from the following countries can apply for the Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship. List of Countries:

Tier Member countries
Tier 1 countries – highest weighting 


Tier 1 countries represent the highest priority for Australian Government engagement. These countries have one or more of the following attributes:

·       highly advanced education systems with learning centers of excellence, including in science, technology, engineering and mathematics;

·       be a focus of strategic prioritization by the government;

·       a strong, established an educational partnership with Australia;


· high-quality partnerships with Australia in research fields;

·       significant prospects for future commercialization of joint research.

Member economies of ASEAN and/or APEC: Brunei Darussalam#, Cambodia#, Canada, Chile, China#, Hong Kong#, Indonesia#, Japan#, Laos#, Malaysia#, Mexico, Myanmar#, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea#, Peru, Philippines#, Russia, Singapore#, South Korea (Republic of Korea)#, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)#, Thailand#, the United States and Vietnam#.Asia-Pacific – Other: Bangladesh#, Bhutan#, Cook Islands#, Fiji#, French Polynesia#, Kiribati#, Maldives#, Marshall Islands#,  Micronesia (Federated States)#, Mongolia#, Nauru, Nepal#, New Caledonia#, Niue and Tokelau#, Pakistan#, Palau#, Samoa#, Solomon Islands#, Sri Lanka#, Timor-Leste#, Tonga#, Tuvalu#, Vanuatu#.

Strategic partners: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India#, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, United Kingdom.

Tier 2 countries represent those:

·       of strategic priority for the Australian Government; and


·       have strong linkages to Australia in relation to education, research and prospects for commercialization.


Americas: Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela.Europe: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine.

Middle East: Bahrain, Iran, Israel (including Palestinian Territories), Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates.

Tier 3 countries represent those: 

·       with limited established education and/or research linkages with Australia; and/or


·       that are supported by other Australian Government efforts such as development programs.


These countries will have limited support under the Endeavour Leadership Program(1).

Americas/Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago.Africa: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi*, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic*, Chad*, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya,* Madagascar, Malawi, Mali*, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger*, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia*, South Africa, Sudan (North Sudan), South Sudan*, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Middle East: Afghanistan*, Iraq*, Syria* and Yemen*.

Asia-Pacific: Macau, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, North Korea, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Wallis and Futuna.


Europe: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia.


  • Note 1: * These countries have been assessed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as “do not travel” areas, as of May 2018. Only incoming (not outgoing) applicants are eligible to apply.Note 2: # These countries are supported by the New Colombo Plan. Australian Applicants are not eligible to apply for Endeavour Leadership Program funding for undergraduates to travel to these countries.

Entrance Requirements: To be eligible for funding, you must:

  • Apply as an Individual Endeavour Leader (see Section 4.1.1) or Applicant Institution (see Section 4.1.2)
  • Submit your application by the closing date, answer all mandatory questions and attach all documents as specified in the application form (outlined in the Applicant Guide for the ELP – Individual Endeavour Leaders and the Applicant Guide for the ELP – Applicant Institutions).
  • Applicant Institutions may submit a maximum of 20 applications per round for each category for which they are eligible (a maximum of 10 applications for the short-term category; and a maximum of 10 long-term applications, total, for both the student exchange and the Cheung
    Kong categories).

4.1.1 Individual applicants To participate in the ELP, individual applicants must:

  • Not be undertaking their Leadership Activity in a country where they hold citizenship/dual citizenship or permanent residency
  • Australian Individual Endeavour Leaders must not undertake their Leadership Activity in a country where they hold citizenship/dual citizenship or permanent residency
  • International Individual Endeavour Leaders must undertake their activity in Australia and not hold citizenship/dual citizenship or be a permanent resident of Australia.
  • Be aged 18 years or over at the commencement of their Leadership Activity
  • Not be in receipt of any other Australian Government sponsored mobility, scholarship or fellowship benefits
  • For Postgraduate or VET Leadership Activities, be undertaking an award course under the Australian Qualifications Framework at an Australian (Home or Host) organization.
  • The organization must be either an approved Higher Education Provider (HEP) or a Registered Training Organization (RTO)
  • These Endeavour Leaders may not undertake their study at an Australian university campus or Australian organization offshore.

Applicant Institutions

To participate in the ELP, Applicant Institutions must:

  • Be an approved Higher Education Provider (HEP) or a Registered Training Organization (RTO)
  • Must have participating Students aged 18 years or over at the commencement of their Leadership Activity.
  • Recipient Institutions must use ELP funding for the sole purpose of providing payments directly to their enrolled Students to enable their participation in a Project.
  • Recipient Institutions are responsible for assessing enrolled Student’s eligibility and determining how eligible Students are chosen to receive funding.
  • Recipient institutions must be able to demonstrate that the process used to select students is fair, independent and transparent.
  •  The Applicant/Recipient Institution must provide this evidence to the department on request
  • English Language Requirements: IELTSoverall score of 6.5 with no individual band less than 6.0.

Application Procedure:

How to Apply:

  • Applications must be submitted using the Endeavour Online Application system.
  • The Endeavour Leadership Program (ELP) is the Australian Government’s two-way mobility for short and long-term study, research and professional development with Australia’s priority partner countries.

To apply you must:

  • Complete the online application form through EOL (for individual applicants) or ISEO (for applicant institutions) by the closing date (Section 7.2).
  • Provide all the information requested
  • Address all eligibility criteria and assessment criteria
  • Include all necessary attachments.

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