Getting a student visa is one of the most common strategies for Filipinos to enter Australia. It can put you on a path to permanent residency, however, it is usually one of the more expensive routes. What many people don't know is that there are several scholarships in Australia, which are available to Filipino students, alleviating any financial burdens. We breakdown seven amazing Australian scholarships that you can apply for in 2021/2022.

  1. ASEAN Scholarship

    Institution: Macquarie University (MU)
    Location: Sydney, NSW
    Type: Fee reduction
    Amount: AUD 10,000

    MU is not only in the heart of Sydney but is also in the top 1% of universities in the world according to the QS World University Rankings 2020 and Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021. MU has high global rankings in courses like classics and ancient history, philosophy, linguistics, and accounting and finance. MU also ranks in the top 100 globally and top 10 in Australia for these courses. 

    There are a couple of educational institutions that automatically deduct tuition fees if you’re from an ASEAN country, and MU is one of them. They provide a deduction of AUD 10,000 from the annual tuition fees to all ASEAN students. The scholarship is usually for on-campus students only but MU has made concessions for those who cannot meet this demand due to COVID-19.

    You can also have a part time job while you study, helping you to gain valuable experience and earn money to cover your extra living expenses. Those with a Student visa can work 40 hours every fortnight.

    For more details, visit the ASEAN Scholarship website of MU.

    Macquarie University

  2. Australia Awards scholarship

    Institution: Australian government
    Type: Full scholarship plus airfare, allowances, etc.
    Amount: Varies

    This is a prestigious scholarship funded by the Australian government, awarded to high-achieving individuals in developing countries. The award provides full scholarships in the fields of education, governance, or any other field relating to public development. Awardees also enjoy financial coverage of roundtrip airfare, lodging, insurance and receive an allowance. 

    The initiative, which has a budget of AUD 225 million in 2021, is meant to equip the recipients with skills and knowledge that can also be of benefit them when working in their home country. 

    It is important to note that the Australian Award recipients must return to their country of origin and work for at least two years after graduation. This means that if you are planning to apply for a working visa after you graduate, or are looking for a pathway to permanent residency, this scholarship may not be the best option.

    Learn more  form the Australian Awards Scholarship page.

    Australian government

  3. STEM scholarships

    Institution: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
    Location: Melbourne CBD
    Type: Grant
    Amount: AUD 10,000

    RMIT ranks 206th globally and 14th in Australia in terms of the QS World University Rankings 2022. Its main campus is in the middle of the city of Melbourne, which makes it very appealing to students who thrive in an urban setting.

    As the scholarship name suggests, it is aimed at students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. To be eligible to apply, you must have an academic standing of at least 70% and apply for a course in Engineering, Science, Health and Biomedical, or Computing Technology at RMIT.

    The scholarship is available to any ASEAN citizen and amounts to AUD 10,000 paid on the first year of commencement. While this scholarship does not cover every expense it will alleviate financial strain that students from abroad may face.

    Another piece of good news for those looking for budget-friendly spots in Melbourne, is that there are also lots of ways to explore the city without breaking the bank. 

     Find  out more from RMIT’s STEM Scholarship page.

    Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)

  4. Research School of Accounting South East Asia Merit Scholarship

    Institution: Australia National University (ANU)
    Location: Canberra, ACT
    Type: 50% reduction of total tuition
    Amount: Varies depending on your course

    ANU is often regarded as the top university in Australia, which makes this scholarship very appealing. The eligibility requirements are also very attainable, as long as you are an ASEAN citizen.

    To be eligible, you must be offered an admission to either a Bachelor of Accounting, Master of Accounting or Master of Professional Accounting. You must also provide evidence that you have had excellent academic performance in your recent studies.

    In addition, the occupation of accountant has consistently been on the MLTSSL, which gives individuals interested in permanent residency more opportunities in the future. If becoming a permanent resident is on your radar, read our blog on permanent residency tips for students. 

    For more information on the scholarship, visit the Research School of Accounting South East Asia Merit Scholarship page.

    Australia National University (ANU)

  5. International Welcome Scholarship

    Institution: Murdoch University
    Location: Perth, WA
    Type: Fee reduction
    Amount: AUD 11,000—12,000

    The fee reduction scheme applies to all international students who have been offered placements in Business, Creative Arts and Communication, Engineering, Health, Law and Criminology, Science, Social and Cultural Studies, Teaching, and Technology.

    Once you send in your application to Murdoch University, the admissions team will automatically review your eligibility for this scholarship. No separate application is needed. Depending on your field of study, a partial reduction of fees amounting to around AUD 1,000 to AUD 3,000 will be deducted from your tuition fee per semester. The maximum fee reduction you can receive is AUD 12,000, given that your degree will be four years.

    Despite being a young university, Murdoch University is ranked in the Times Higher Education’s top universities under the age of 50. Murdoch university is renowned for its nursing program but is also ranked highly for its veterinary science and engineering. 

    For full details go to Murdoch University's International Welcome Scholarship page.

    Murdoch University

  6. International Merit Scholarship

    Institution: Monash University
    Location: Melbourne
    Type: Partial
    Amount: AUD 10,000 per annum

    Monash University is part of Go8, which comprises of Australia's top eight universities. Along with ANU, Monash consistently ranks highly in Australia. Both universities are also in the Top 100 universities worldwide.

    The grant given by Monash provides AUD 10,000 per annum to its recipients and is open to all international students for any field of study. To be eligible, students must apply for this scholarship after they receive their offer from the university and show that they have attained a grade of at least 85% for their recent academic performance. Only 31 recipients will receive this grant, and preference will be given to those whose studies are about to commence. Applicants will also be assessed based on a scholarship statement (amounting to around 500 words) and their ambassadorship potential. Commencing undergrad students are also invited to a leadership program known as Monash Minds.

    For more eligibility and application information, visit Monash’s International Merit Scholarship page.

    Monash University

  7. Tasmanian International Scholarship

    Institution: University of Tasmania (UT)
    Location: Hobart, TAS
    Type: Fee reduction
    Amount: 25% reduction of fees

    University of Tasmania is also included in the Go8 group of universities, which means it is one of the most prestigious institutions in the country. All international applicants will be assessed for their eligibility for the scholarship and there is no need to apply separately for the fee reduction. Most undergraduate degrees (with the exception of Medicine, Dementia Care, Surgery and Seafaring) and postgraduate degrees are covered in the fee reduction scope.

    While Tasmania may not be the top location of choice for many Filipino students, the location has its own benefits if you are considering permanent residency after finishing your studies. Unlike other places, the entire state of Tasmania, and not just its more remote areas, is considered a regional area. This means that after you finish your degree, Tasmania may open the opportunity for you to apply for certain regional visas that you won’t be eligible for if you choose to stay in major cities.

    For more details, you can  take a look at the University of Tasmania's International scholarship page.

    University of Tasmania (UT)

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