Who Can Apply

Applications are accepted from applicants who meet the strict eligibility criteria. People with disability, individuals from rural areas and other marginalised groups are encouraged to apply.

Applications for Australia Awards Scholarships commencing in 2026 will reopen in early 2025.

Eligibility criteria

Australia Awards applicants must meet all eligibility requirements detailed in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook, available at: dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Pages/australia-awards-scholarships-policy-handbook.aspx

Country-specific conditions

In addition to the eligibility requirements, candidates from Mongolia must also meet the following country-specific conditions:

  • applicants require a full-time bachelor’s degree from a university with a GPA of no less than 3.0. If a GPA score is not explicitly stated in the graduation diploma, applicants must obtain relevant GPA certification from their respective universities
  • when applying, applicants must have achieved an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 (with no individual band score of less than 5.5) or an equivalent iBT-TOEFL or PTE Academic score. Scores must be valid on 1 January 2026. iBT-TOEFL Home Edition and Institutional TOEFL scores are not accepted. If selected, provisional awardees will be offered up to three – months of English language training in Mongolia. Provisional awardees who do not achieve IELTS 6.5 by the end of the English language training will forfeit their scholarship
  • applicants (apart from those with an identified and verified disability) must demonstrate at least two years’ continuous employment in Mongolia, up to 1 February 2025 (maternity leave excepted). Category 1 applicants are required to have worked in the public sector for two years prior to 1 February 2025
  • applicants with identified and verified disability do not need to demonstrate two-years continuous employment. Applicants should be aware that Australian and Mongolian classifications of what constitutes a disability are different, and existing medical/health conditions will not be accepted as a disability – for details, please review the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook


Applicants two-years’ continuous work requirement should be counted from the date of graduation of full-time Bachelor’s or Master’s course and backed up by certified Social Insurance monthly payments. Voluntary Social Insurance payments will not be accepted as verification of employment duration.

Applicants who have obtained a Master’s qualification funded from Mongolian-bilateral government scholarship schemes cannot apply for an Australia Award Scholarship.

Applicants who have accepted a Master’s qualification funded by Mongolian-bilateral government scholarship schemes during the interview round will no longer be eligible to be considered for an Australia Award scholarship.


Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide answers to all questions in the online application form to ensure completeness of understanding and compliance. Submitting the online application form means applicants declare they have read and are complying with the Scholarships Handbook and that the contents of their application are true and correct.