Australia-India Council (AIC)

The Australia-India Council (AIC)

General grants round

The AIC's grants funding round for 2014-15 closed on 3 August 2014. All applicants have been advised of the outcomes of their applications. The list of approved grants is available at The AIC expects to open applications for its 2015-16 grants round in February 2015.

20th Anniversary of the Australia-India Council

2012 marked the 20th Anniversary of the AIC. To commemorate this significant milestone, the Council celebrated through the support of an exhibition, Kindness/Udarta Australia-India Cultural Exchange and the publication, Kindness/Udarta which provides a tangible record of 20 years of the AIC-supported cultural exchange program.

Read more about the 20th Anniversary of the Australia-India Council

Australian Studies Fellowships

The Australian Studies Fellowships program is currently under review.  No fellowships will be offered in 2013-14.  The AIC expects to announce the details of a new Australian Studies program in late 2014. 

Awardees 2012-13

Dr Rupakjyoti Borah (Senior Fellow), School of Liberal Studies, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University
Research topic: Australia-India strategic convergence in the Indian Ocean region: Vision 2020

Dr Gundre Jayachandra Reddy (Senior Fellow), Centre for Southeast Asian and Pacific Studies, Sri Venkateswara University
Research topic: Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability in Australia: Lessons for India

Mr Sibendu Chakraborty (Junior Fellow), Doctoral Research Scholar, Department of English, University of Calcutta
Research Topic: Australian Aboriginal Theatre: Discourse of Protest and Nationalism against a Multicultural Backdrop in Jack Davis's Plays

Ms Debamita Banerjee (Junior Fellow), Bengal Law College
Research Topic: 'Threatened Waterways': Environmental Governance and Strategic Development Policy in Botany Bay Region ( NSW ) and Gangetic Delta (especially, River Hoogli around Calcutta)

Awardees 2011-12

Dr Jayanta Kumar Saha (Senior Fellow), Department of Law, University of Burdwan
Research topic: Curriculum Development: Re-defining Australian studies in law, media and human rights in Indian universities

Ms Arpita Banerjee (Junior Fellow), Department of English, University of Calcutta
Research topic: Indigenous Australian studies and gender studies

Dr Smita Patil (Junior Fellow), School of Gender and Development Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)
Research topic: Politics of race, caste and gender: exploring the social spaces of indigenous women in Australia and dalit women in India

Australia–India Council Young Media Fellowships

The successful applicants for the 2013-14 Young Media Fellowships are listed below. 

The Fellowships provide career development opportunities for young Indian print and television journalists. The Fellowships encourage the development of networks between Indian and Australian journalists and media organisations, and expose young Indian journalists to Australia.

Awardees 2013-14

Ms Swati Mathur, The Time of India
Research Topic: Breaching barriers: Lessons from Australia on operating efficient agriculture markets.
Ms Nistula Hebbar, The Economic Times
Research Topic: Multiculturalism: Blending in and standing out.
Mr Sheikh Zafar Iqbal, NDTV 14x7
Research Topic: Australia and India Bonding Together.
Ms Rashi Tiwary, The Hindu, Hyderabad
Research Topic: Exploring higher education in Australia.

Awardees 2012-13

Ms Samhita Chakraborty, The Telegraph, ABP Pvt Ltd
Research Topic: Tales of Tucker: Australia's Culinary Culture
Mr Subhabrata Guha, Times of India
Research Topic: Dry Nations: Water policy as a strategic geo-political intervention between India and Australia

Awardees 2011-12

Mr Rishi Suri, The Daily Milap, New Delhi
Research project: Australia and India – partners into the future
Mr Nikhil Hemrajani, The Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Research project: Bridges of Music – exploring Australia's music industry
Ms Mausami Singh, IBN 7 Network 18, New Delhi
Research project: Indian Aussies Down Under

Understanding Australia

The Understanding Australia website offers international students, visitors and backpackers information about the continent and its people.

Australian Arts in Asia Awards

The Australian Arts in Asia Awards were announced by former Arts Minister Tony Burke on 1 August 2013. Thirty of the Awards finalists participated in Oz Fest – the largest Australian cultural festival ever staged in India. These Award winners included:

The Awards recognise the contribution Australian artists and arts organisations make to strengthening ties with Asia.  More information can be found at:

Australian Arts in Asia Awards – Information for media

Contact us

  • Australia
    • Telephone: +61 2 6261 3833
    • Facsimile: +61 2 6112 3833
    • Mail:
      Australia-India Council
      PO Box 5363 Kingston ACT 2604
  • India
    • Telephone: 4139 9918
    • Mail:
      Australia-India Council
      C/- Australian High Commission
      1/50 G, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri
      New Delhi – 110 021