Australian Government MSc Scholarship For Nigerians 2017

Australia Awards aim to promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and our neighbours through Australia’s extensive scholarship programs. The initiative aims to build a new generation of global leaders with strong links to Australia.

Australia Awards are the flagship of the Australian development cooperation program and are an important component of Australia’s investment in education. Scholarships have been an important component of the Australian Government’s efforts to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development since the 1950s. They offer long- and short-term study and professional development opportunities to citizens from developing countries around the globe. They aim to provide enhanced leadership, knowledge and technical skills to partner governments, tertiary institutions and strategic organisations that are driving sustainable development.

They aim to:

  • develop capacity and leadership skills so that recipients can contribute to development in their home countries
  • build people-to-people linkages at the individual, institutional and country levels.

In Africa, the Australian Government offers scholarships and fellowships under Australia Awards for African professionals to undertake long-term studies leading to a postgraduate degree and short-term training leading to the acquisition of new skills and knowledge. Long-term awards include Australia Awards Scholarships to undertake Masters-level studies in Australian universities.

Coordinating Authority for Nigeria:

  • Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja)

Target Group

  • National of Nigeria
  • Professionals working in the Public Sector, the Private Sector or a Non-Government Organisation (Civil Society) in one of the listed priority fields of study.
  • Professionals who wish to undertake a Masters degree in Australia in one of the listed priority fields of study. (Masters of Business Administration are not permitted)
  • Persons with a clear vision of how the knowledge gained through the study of a Masters degree will be used to improve policy, practice or education in the proposed field of study.
  • Gender Equality: Australia Awards targets equal participation by women and men.
  • Disability Inclusion: Australia Awards aim to ensure that people with a disability are given a fair and equal opportunity to compete for and obtain a scholarship.


  • At least 25 and not more than 50 years of age at the date of application
  • At least three (3) years’ post-graduation work experience. This work experience must be in a role relevant to the proposed field of study and to employment organisation type (e.g. public sector applicants should demonstrate public sector work experience).
  • Possess, as a minimum, a Bachelors degree (or the equivalent) from a recognised institution of at least four (4) years in length with at least a 2nd Class Pass.
  • Public sector candidates must comply with Government of Nigeria regulations for government employees wishing to apply for scholarships.
  • Public sector, private sector and civil society candidates must provide evidence of completion of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) when they apply.
  • Must not already hold, or be studying for, a Masters degree
  • Must be willing to make a formal commitment to return to your current employment following completion of the award.
  • Must meet the general minimum eligibility criteria for Australia Awards Scholarships – refer to the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook

Support Service Options

  • Provision of course research support for short-listed candidates
  • Special needs assistance as deemed appropriate on a case-by-case basis
  • Standard Australia Awards Scholarships support conditions for awardees – refer to the Australia Awards Scholarships policy handbook

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should Click Here to Apply

Applications open 1 September 2016 – 15 December 2016.

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