Australia Awards in Fiji

Australia Awards are prestigious international Scholarships and Fellowships funded by the Australian Government. They offer the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia and for high-achieving Australians to do the same overseas.

Australia Awards are a whole of Australian government initiative bringing together Scholarships and Fellowships administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; the Department of Education; and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

The Australian Government encourages women, people with disability, ethnic minorities, people living in rural areas and members of socio-economically disadvantaged groups to apply.

Since 2007, Australia has provided awards to 703 people from Fiji including 320 women and 302 men.

"Australia Awards provides opportunities and supports the next generation of emerging leaders from around the world."

How to apply

More information, including applicant eligibility criteria can be found at:

Alumni making a difference

Read about how the following Australia Awards alumni are using their skills and experience to make a difference in Fiji.

Ms Sisi Coalala: advocating for people with disability

Sisi Coalala says her father’s determination and the opportunity to study in Australia gave her the confidence to breakthrough the barriers her society places on people with disabilities. Today, Sisi works as the Disability Coordinator for the Fiji National University. Her primary role is the establishment of the Disability Centre for the university. She continues to inspire people with disabilities to pursue their dreams.


Mr Opeta Alefaio: safeguarding a priceless collection of Fijian history

Opeta Alefaio studied a Master of Business Information Systems (Professional) at Monash University in Melbourne. As long as he can remember, Opeta Alefaio, the Director of the National Archives of Fiji, has had the history bug. He recalls that as a child:"when it was time to go to the library, my friends would go for the Hardy Boys or novels and things like that and I would go straight to ancient Greece or ancient Rome or ancient China". His goal is to be the exemplar of the Pacific.


Mr Nilesh Chand: helping Fiji become more self-sufficient in producing staple foods

Nilesh Chand studied a Masters in Plant Health and Bio-security at the University of Adelaide. He hopes to help revive the organic rice production in Fiji with the help of humble Australian earthworm. Nilesh has now returned to Australia to further his studies by undertaking a PhD.



Last Updated: 9 October 2017