Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) in Africa provide opportunities for people from selected countries to undertake Post-graduate diploma or Master’s degree programs in Australia. This program does not currently include undergraduate or doctorate studies.

ADS have replaced most scholarships previously offered by AusAID in Africa, namely the Nelson Mandela Scholarships and Australian Development Cooperation Scholarships (ADCOS).

Length of Scholarships

Students are expected to undertake full-time study. ADS are not offered for part-time study. ADS are offered for the total period considered necessary for the student to achieve the qualification shown in the application form. This includes the period required for preparatory programs. In all cases, the scholarship initially offered will be for no more than two years.
Once the offer of a scholarship has been made it is not possible to upgrade the level of study to a higher degree.

Worth of Awards

Scholarship entitlements include: a contribution to living expenses (CLE), tuition fees, airfares, establishment allowance, health cover and some overseas fieldwork travel costs.


  • you are a citizen of one of the participating African countries, if you are presently resident in your home country and if you meet any relevant country specific criteria set out below;
  • you are not older than 50 years of age at the date of application;
  • you satisfy Australian Government requirements for international student entry to Australia (such as health and character required by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship);
  • you do not hold another scholarship that would give overlapping benefits;
  • you satisfy the admission requirements of the Australian institution in which the course is to be undertaken – applicants must have submitted their completed application form via the ADS Africa office and then have received a firm offer of placement in their course of study before the scholarship can be confirmed;
  • you are applying to commence a new course of study and are not seeking support through ADS for a course already commenced in Australia;
  • you are not transferring from another Australian training scholarship to an ADS during the same course of study, and
  • you will be able to take up the scholarship in the calendar year for which the scholarship is offered. Scholarship offers are automatically withdrawn if an applicant has not commenced study prior to the end of the year.

How to Apply

  • Go to the link to countries and the scholarships your country qualifies for, click on your country and you will see the postal address to send your applications
  • Alternatively, you can apply online (see link below).
  • Check out the courses applicants from your country can apply for and follow instructions
  • It is important that you read instructions very carefully before applying

Deadline: You should submit your fully complete Preliminary Application Form (PAF) along with all supporting documents by February 28, 2012.

 To read more about the scholarship, click here.

For a list of participating universities and their profiles, click here

To see the type of scholarship your country qualifies for, click here

To begin your online application, click here.

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