Australia Awards in Solomon Islands


Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships and fellowships funded by the Australian Government offering the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development.

Australia supported 39 Solomon Islanders (up from 33 in 2015-2016) to commence tertiary studies in Australia and the Pacific region under the Australia Awards program. Almost half the scholarships awarded to women were in non-traditional areas such as science, engineering and IT.

Australia Awards are aligned with Australia's development assistance in Solomon Islands, targeting human resource gaps in identified priority sectors. They aim to provide awardees with the skills and knowledge to drive change and influence economic and social development.

Applications are encouraged from a broad range of priority areas for the development of Solomon Islands:

  • health (excluding medicine)
  • education (postgraduate only)
  • gender
  • economics, business and accounting;
  • legal services
  • engineering (including water, sanitation, construction & mining)
  • fisheries, environment, agriculture
  • information technology
  • statistics

More information on Australia Awards Scholarships available to Solomon Islands

Australia Awards alumni: Solomon Islands

Australian by Degree - Kristina Fiddali, Solomon Islands

Watching her family home become increasingly threatened by rising sea levels spurred Kristina Fiddali on to pursue an Australia Awards scholarship in climate science so that she could help her community and country face this growing problem.

Australian by Degree - Mary Qurusu, Solomon Islands

An Australia Awards scholarship enabled Mary Qurusu to go from being an untrained radiographer to a confident professional, who is now making it possible for the first time for Solomon Islander women to be screened for breast cancer.

Student Profile - Jennifer Wate, Solomon Islands

Student profile captured at the Australia Awards End-of-Year Celebrations, 2015.

Student Profile - Freda Pitakaka, Solomon Islands

Student profile captured at the Australia Awards End-of-Year Celebrations, 2015.


How to apply

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


Last Updated: 10 November 2014