A number of governments and institutions offer support for Papua New Guinea citizens looking to extend their education and training in Australia. Opportunities for Australians to live and work in the region as part of their professional development are made available under Australia’s New Colombo Plan.

Australia Awards

University of Sydney (Photo: USYD)

The Australian Government’s primary support program for education and training is the Australia Awards program. It provides scholarships for studies in both Australia and Papua New Guinea in four different ways:

  • Australia Awards Scholarships – for long term (usually undergraduate) study in Australia.
  • Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships – for long term study in Papua New Guinea and other Pacific tertiary institutions
  • Australia Awards Fellowships – PNG – for short-term studies in Australia
  • Australia Awards Fellowships – for short term study and professional development in Australia for future leaders

Studies are supported at both universities and technical institutions including TAFE in Australia, and at PNG educational institutions.  The program also incorporates two specific awards for work in Agriculture, including the John Allwright Fellowship which supports research work under a collaborative project, and the John Dillon Memorial Fellowship which aims to develop leadership in agricultural research management.

More detail about the Australia Awards is available at

New Colombo Plan

New Colombo Plan (Photo: Facebook/NewColomboPlan)

The New Colombo Plan is an Australian Government program to lift understanding of the Indo-Pacific region by Australians by supporting undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region. The program involves a scholarships program for study of up to one year, and internships and mentorships as well as flexible grants to support mobility placements and research. All study must receive credit towards an Australian undergraduate degree.  The program is open to all Australian undergraduates aged 18 to 28 who are studying at Australian universities.

More detail about the program can be found at

Other international scholarship opportunities

The Scholarships for Development site provides detail on Australian and international scholarship programs.  These include:

Useful Links

Future Unlimited – Future Unlimited, Study in Australia is the official Australian Government website for international students and contains a helpful database of information for students with a tailored search engine.