West Africa Scholarships

Australia Awards-Africa Scholarships for Masters and Short courses

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.


Applications open 1 September 2017 to 15 December 2017.


NIGERIA: Eligibility Criteria – Masters Awards 2019


Nigeria: Priority Areas

  • Agricultural Productivity
  • Extractives and Natural Resource Management
  • Public Policy (especially those focussed on governance and economic policy, including trade policy)


Applications from exceptional candidates will also be considered in the following sectors:

  • Education
  • Environment
  • Gender Studies
  • Health
  • Infrastructure



Coordinating Authority for Nigeria:

  • Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation of Nigeria


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

Visit the official page http://www.australiaawardsafrica.org/african-countries/nigeria/awards/masters-awards/


Short Courses

Australia Awards Short Courses are formal courses of study or training, delivered in Australia and Africa, of less than three months duration by an approved Australian higher education provider.  Training is available for experienced employees from African public, private and non-government organisations (civil society).

The Short Courses will be aligned to Australian Government policy priorities and areas of high demand for African Governments. These include:

  • Agricultural Productivity
  • Extractives (including mining, oil and gas)
  • Public Policy

Applications for the 2017 Short Courses will close on 15 January 2018.

Official page for short courses http://www.australiaawardsafrica.org/about-australia/study-in-australia/professional-development-africa-fellowships/


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