Australia Awards Cambodia

Australia Awards are a whole of Australian government initiative that bring together international scholarships, fellowships and short courses. Guided by the Australia Awards Global Strategy – Investing in the next generation of global leaders for development 2015-18, the Australia Awards are implemented across many parts of the developing world. As an important part of the Australian Government bilateral development cooperation with the Royal Government of Cambodia, Australia Awards offers:

1.       Australia Awards Scholarships (AAS) – Long term scholarships to study at post graduate level at an Australian institution
2.       Australia Awards Short Courses (AASC) – Short courses and informal learning opportunities aimed to providing access to high quality short term professional development in Australia and Cambodia
3.       Australia Awards Fellowships (AAF) – Intensive professional learning opportunities in partnership with the Australian Government institutions

Since 1994, Australia Awards Cambodia has enabled over 750 talented Cambodians to take up long-term scholarships to undertake post graduate studies in Australia. Each year approximately 50 Australia Awards Scholarships are granted after a lengthy merit-based assessment and interview process. 

Applicants are assessed for their professional and personal leadership attributes, their academic readiness to study at post graduate level, and their potential to contribute to the development of Cambodia on their return. 

Applications open each year on 1st February

We strongly encourage applications from women, people with disability, and men and women who live and work in provincial locations.

Goals and objectives 

The Goal of Australia Awards Cambodia is: 
To support Cambodia to progress its development goals and have strong relationships with Australia that advance mutual interests.

We are working to achieve this Goal by focussing on four end-of-investment outcomes that apply to this phase of Australia Awards Cambodia:


Australia Awards advances these outcomes by enabling talented Cambodians to access advanced education and professional development opportunity in Australia on the basis this this underpins Cambodia’s development, strengthens Cambodia’s relationship with Australia, and is essential for effective governance, economic growth, social development, peace and security.

We know the value of investing in people, and that professional development builds needed technical and professional skills and expertise, promotes current and future leaders, and strengthens Cambodia’s ‘human capital’. All of these bring significant economic and social benefits.