Scholarships and Grants

Below are some of the scholarships and grants that may be available to international students applying to study at James Cook University. You will find that some are offered through JCU and some are external scholarships available to you through other organisations.  It is up to you to inquire directly with the scholarship body if you require more information.

Scholarships may include grants, subsidies, bursaries, and are generally not required to be repaid by students, provided any conditions are met.

American Australian Association Fellowships

The American Australian Association awards fellowships to Americans for advanced research and study in Australia. The Association encourages intellectual interchange between Australia and America. For more information visit USA to Australia Fellowship Applications.

Australia Awards Scholarships

The Australian Government's overseas aid program aims to assist developing countries reduce poverty, achieve sustainable development and increase access to quality education and training for people in participating countries.

Since 1997 James Cook University has provided quality academic and personal support to over 350 Australia Awards Scholarship students from over 40 countries. As a result, enduring links with individuals, institutions and countries have been built.

Australia Awards are a whole-of-government initiative bringing together scholarships and fellowships administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Education, and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

For more information about Australia Awards visit Australia Awards Categories and Australia Awards Scholarships.

For more information on eligibility requirements and application processes visit How to apply.

Endeavour Awards

The Endeavour Awards is the Australian Government’s internationally competitive, merit based scholarship program providing opportunities for citizens of the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Europe and the Americas to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia.

The Endeavour Awards aim to:

  • Develop on-going education, research and professional linkages between individuals, organisations and countries
  • Provide opportunities for high achieving individuals to increase their skills and enhance their global awareness
  • Contribute to Australia’s position as a high quality education and training provider, and leader in research and innovation
  • Increase the productivity of Australians through an international study, research or professional development experience

For more information visit The Department of Education.

Country Specific


Australia and Japan have a shared excellence when it comes to delivering quality education and research. Building on that shared excellence, Japan and Australia have been strengthening ties between educational institutions through student exchange programs and research collaborations

Australian Embassy Japan

Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Australia Awards provide Papua New Guineans with the opportunity to study in Australia and obtain tertiary qualifications from participating Australian Institutions.

Australia Awards aims to further develop the skills and expertise of Papua New Guineans so they can contribute to Papua New Guinea’s development. They are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government to Papua New Guinea’s existing and future leaders. Through study and research, recipients develop the skills and knowledge to drive change, influence Papua New Guinea’s development and build enduring people-to-people links with Australia.

Australian Awards

Latin America



Awarded to citizens of Chile and other nationalities who have permanent residence in Chile. Applicants can apply for these scholarships to either start or continue studies leading to a master’s or PhD degree at leading institutions abroad.



The scholarships offer Ecuadorian professionals the opportunity to continue their academic studies in masters, doctorate or postdoctorate programs abroad. The program aims to strengthen opportunities for human capital and development in Ecuador.



The National Council of Science and Technology formulates and finances scholarship programs and generally supports the formation of scientific and technological human capital as well as integrates the information of scholarship programs offered by other national institutions.



The Universitat de València and the Peru Education Ministry have signed an Inter institutional Cooperation Agreement in order to promote the access of Peruvian students through the PRONABEC program to certain postgraduate studies with the aim of enhancing the number of professionals in Peru with an appropriate training.

Research scholarships

JCU offers highly competitive scholarships to students commencing research degrees at Master or Doctoral level. Students must be accepted for a place in a research degree program to be considered for scholarship support.

For more information on eligibility criteria and application deadlines, visit Opening and Closing Dates for JCU Competitive Scholarship Applications.