Scholarships and grants

Scholarships and grants

Below are some of the scholarships that may be available to international students applying to study at James Cook University. You will find that some scholarships are offered by JCU and some are external scholarships available to you through other organisations. 

Scholarships, which may include grants, subsidies, bursaries, are generally not required to be repaid by students, providing 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.

English Language Scholarships

Up to 20 weeks of funded Academic English Language training is available to students who have:

  • Received a competitive scholarship from their home country
  • Have met the academic entry requirement for a postgraduate coursework or research degree at JCU (not the English language entry requirement)

Training will take place at English Language Centres on JCU’s campuses in Cairns and Townsville. Students from tropical countries who have received a competitive, academic scholarship from their home country and who do not meet JCU’s English language requirements may be eligible for the program. Eligible students will be from countries in line with JCU’s tropical directive. The nominated countries include, but are not limited to, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Thailand and Vietnam.

How to apply: Send in your completed postgraduate course application to JCU, or through a nominated JCU representative (agent) in your home country. Advise JCU and your agent if you have received, or if you have applied for, a competitive academic postgraduate scholarship in your home country. Send your scholarship award or acceptance letter to JCU once you have received it.

Provided you meet JCU’s academic entry requirements, and you have been issued a competitive academic postgraduate scholarship from your home country, you will receive a packaged offer. This offer will be for your English language studies, and will include your postgraduate course offer to study at JCU. Your postgraduate offer will be conditional upon successful completion of your English language program.

Students who require more than 20 weeks of Academic English studies must arrange payment to complete the remaining weeks in order to directly enter their postgraduate study.

More information: Download the information flyer for more details. Email: Future Students and International or contact a JCU agent in your home country.

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.


Apart from the scholarships listed above, the options are limited for international students before commencing studies.  Other scholarships may be available for application during studies however these are often limited amounts and awarded on academic merit. For more information refer to the JCU Scholarships.