Australia Awards Fellowships


  • Applications for Round 17 opened on 1 March 2017 and will close on 29 March 2017
  • There are some significant changes to Round 17
  • The amended Guidelines for Round 17 and Frequently Asked Questions are available below

About Australia Awards Fellowships

Australia Awards Fellowships offer Australian organisations, from all sectors, the opportunity to deepen and broaden their links with leaders and professionals in developing countries. By providing opportunities for Fellows to undertake short term study and professional development, they aim to:

  • strengthen partnerships and links between Australian organisations and partner organisations in developing countries, in support of Australia's economic diplomacy and public diplomacy objectives; and
  • increase the capacity of developing countries to advance priority foreign affairs and development issues of shared interest at the country, sub-regional and regional levels.

Fellowships target current and future leaders and mid-career professionals who will be in a position to advance priority foreign affairs and development issues on their return home. Fellowship activities are aimed at providing high-quality training, exchange of expertise, skills and knowledge, and opportunities to enhance networks on issues of shared interest.

Grant funding of up to $30,000 per Fellow (inclusive of overhead fees, mixed mode delivery including partner country activities) is offered on a competitive basis to Australian organisations to support a range of professional development activities. Fellowship activities may include a combination of short-term study and/or training, professional development, networking and work experience, and are delivered by the Australian Host Organisation for Fellows from eligible countries. Australia Awards Fellowships do not fund study that results in an academic qualification, as these opportunities are provided under Australia Awards Scholarships.

DFAT invites Australian organisations to submit applications that align with the aims of the Australian Government’s development policy Australian aid: promoting prosperity, reducing poverty, enhancing stability and the Australia Awards Fellowships program.  Applicants must identify the foreign affairs and development policy theme that is the focus of their Fellowship proposal from the list of aid program priority areas identified in the Fellowships Guidelines.

Eligible applicants

Australian organisations who are legal entities with an Australian Business Number (ABN) with links to overseas counterpart organisations in eligible developing countries may apply for an Australia Awards Fellowship. Overseas organisations and individuals are not eligible to apply for a Fellowship. They may, however, initiate contact with an Australian organisation to explore the organisation’s interest in applying for a Fellowship grant.

Study opportunities for individuals from developing countries are available under Australia Awards Scholarships.

Previous Fellowships

Two fellows attended a three-week intensive program on climate change mitigation in the Pacific. Find out more about this fellowship.

Australian organisations funded and number of fellows by country in Round 16 and previous rounds:

Fellowships Round 17

The following changes have been made for Round 17 of the Fellowships program:

  • General –
    • The maximum cost per Fellow is now $30,000 (inclusive of cost of partner-country activities and overhead fees).
    • Australian organisations can now apply for multiyear Fellowships to run repeatedly over 3 years.
    • Australian organisations establishing new links with an overseas counterpart are eligible to apply for a Fellowship provided they can demonstrate a strong understanding of the country and context in which they propose to work.
    • Australian organisations will only be required to submit a list of Fellows, Reserve Fellows and detailed activity table if their application progresses to the second stage in the selection process.
    • The list of eligible countries has been updated.
    • Australian organisations are required to align their application with the Country Priority and Development Issues Matrix (Attachment 1). Applications not aligned to the matrix will be deemed non-compliant.
    • Australian organisations will be limited to submitting 15 Fellowship applications. Only the first 15 compliant applications received (by date and time) will be assessed. It is expected that large organisations, as an entity, will ensure no more than 15 applications are submitted.
  • Eligible Costs –
    • Australian organisations can now claim funding for a variety of modes of delivery that are available either in Australia, in Australian off-shore campuses or locations, in overseas counterpart institutions and through distance or online learning,
  • Selection –
    • The selection criteria has been redesigned and will now appear directly in the application form for applicants to complete.

How to apply for Australia Awards Fellowships

Round 17 Australia Awards Fellowships will open on 1 March 2017. Please monitor this website for information on the Fellowships Round. Fellowship applications must be submitted by the Australian organisation online via SmartyGrants.

Additional resources

Additional resources to assist in preparing your application or acquitting your grant funding:

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Last Updated: 17 March 2017