Australian High Commission
Solomon Islands

Australia Awards - Study in Australia

Applications for Australia Awards scholarships for Solomon Islanders to study in Australia in 2023 closed on 29 April 2022. The next application round for Australia Awards scholarships will open in early 2023.

Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships offered by the Australian Government to the next generation of global leaders. By investing in the future, through study, research, and professional development opportunities in Australia, awardees develop the skills and knowledge to drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links with Australia. Many alumni describe their Australian study experience as transformational, allowing them to view the world differently, embrace new ways of thinking, new technology and innovative approaches to problem solving.

Australia has a reputation for academic excellence and is one of the best places in the world to live while studying. Visit Study Australia to learn more about the education opportunities Australia has to offer.

Applicants are assessed on their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and, most importantly, their potential to contribute and have a positive impact on development challenges in Solomon Islands.

Applications are strongly encouraged from women, people with disability, and other marginalised groups. Candidates with disability will be supported to enable equal participation throughout the application and selection process, and while on-award.

Level of study

Australia Awards scholarships provide citizens of Solomon Islands with the opportunity to obtain a qualification at an Australian tertiary institution.

Awards are offered at the undergraduate level (bachelor) and postgraduate level (masters, research degrees).

Priority fields of study

Applications are encouraged across a broad range of priority areas for the development of Solomon Islands. For study commencing in 2023 these priority areas are:

Undergraduate and postgraduate

  • Community and social development including but not limited to: gender; child protection; disability; social work; anthropology; Pacific studies; humanities and arts

  • Economic Growth including but not limited to: accounting; economics; supply chain management; business administration; information technology

  • Environment including but not limited to: climate change; disaster risk reduction and adaptation; conservation; environment and resource economics; waste management; water management; meteorology

  • Governance including but not limited to: law and legal practice; police studies and intelligence; cyber security; statistics; procurement and contract management; emergency and disaster management; communications, media, and journalism

  • Infrastructure including but not limited to: engineering (including civil, water, sanitation, electrical, maritime, construction and mining); urban planning; architecture; surveying; building and construction

  • Natural resource management including agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and veterinary science.

Postgraduate only

  • Education including but not limited to: education management and leadership; inclusive education

  • Health including but not limited to: medicine and nursing (emergency, intensive care, midwifery, obstetric, paediatric, remote); epidemiology; public health; pharmacy; mental health; health policy and administration.

Eligibility criteria

Australia Awards applicants must meet all eligibility requirements detailed in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook. All applicants must read this Handbook.

All applicants must also read the Australia Awards Solomon Islands Country Profile for study commencing in 2023.

Country-specific conditions

In addition to the eligibility requirements, candidates from Solomon Islands:

  • must have completed Year 12/Form 6 and have an aggregate score between 4 and 11; above 11 is not eligible
  • may apply while completing Year 13/Form 7 in 2022 (final Year 13/Form 7 results must be submitted once received)
  • must not hold an equivalent or higher qualification at time of application, or commencement of scholarship, and
  • must be applying to study in Australia for a bachelor (maximum duration 4-years), masters, or postgraduate research degree in a priority field of study.

English language proficiency

Successful applicants will be required to undertake an English language test and must achieve an IELTS Academic score of at least 6.5 (with no band score less than 6.0), or an equivalent TOEFL score of at least 84 (with a minimum of 21 in all sub-tests), or a PTE Academic score of at least 58 (with no communicative skill score less than 50).

Application process

Applications for Australia Awards scholarships for study in 2023 closed on 29 April 2022. Shortlisted applicants have been contacted via the email address provided in their application.

The next application round for Australia Awards scholarships will open in early 2023.


Email: [email protected]

Phone: +677 24274

Mobile: +677 738 7322

The Australia Awards Solomon Islands program is managed by Cardno on behalf of the Australian Government.