Australian High Commission
Kingdom of Tonga

Study in Australia


Applying for an Australia Awards Scholarship - Bachelor of Aviation Management

Australia Awards scholarships in Tonga

Australia Awards scholarships are prestigious international awards offered by the Australian Government to the next generation of global leaders for development. Through study and research, recipients develop the skills and knowledge to drive change and help build enduring people-to-people links with Australia.
Applicants are assessed on their professional and personal qualities, academic competence and their potential to impact on development challenges in Tonga.
Applications are strongly encouraged from women, people with disability and other marginalised groups.
Priority fields of study – Bachelor of Aviation Management
Australia’s international development assistance in Tonga helps promote prosperity, reduce poverty, and enhance stability. Australia Awards scholarships prioritise areas of study that support these goals.

The priority area of study for this special scholarship focuses on private sector development, specifically in Tonga’s aviation sector.

Level of study

This special scholarship will provide two citizens of Tonga with the opportunity to obtain an undergraduate (Bachelor) qualification in Aviation Management from Griffith University, located in Queensland, Australia.
Applicants must be available to start the scholarship in Australia in the first semester of 2024.

Australia Awards benefits

Australia Awards scholarships are offered for the minimum period necessary for the individual to complete the academic program specified by the Australian education institution, including any preparatory training.

Scholarship recipients will receive the following:

  • return air travel
  • a one-off establishment allowance on arrival
  • full tuition fees
  • contribution to living expenses
  • introductory academic program
  • overseas student health cover for the duration of the scholarship
  • supplementary academic support,
  • fieldwork allowance (only if this is a compulsory component and essential to study program).

Eligibility criteria

Australia Awards applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements detailed in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook, available

English language proficiency

Host institutions may require English language testing as a condition of entry to a particular course. If required, applicants must have achieved an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 or higher (with no individual band score of less than 6.0) or an equivalent TOEFL or PTE score.  Scores must be valid as at 1 January 2024.

Commencement of study

All scholarships must be taken up in the year for which they are awarded. Should an awardee not be able to commence study in 2024, the scholarship will be withdrawn unless otherwise agreed by the Australian High Commission.

Application dates

For study commencing in Australia in 2024

Opening date:      14 Aug 2023

Closing date:         5pm, Friday 25 Aug 2023    

Applications and supporting documents received after the closing date will not be considered.

The application process­

Applications forms can be obtained from the Australian High Commission's Google Drive: or hard-copies can be picked up from the Australia High Commission Office, Salote Road, Nuku’alofa. If you are unable to access the Google Drive link, please e-mail [email protected] requesting the forms.

Please e-mail your completed applications and relevant documents to [email protected]  by the closing date and time.

Supporting documents

Applicants must submit all of the relevant supporting documents listed in the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook.
Applicants must also provide the following documents at the time of application (as indicated below).  Please note that documents do not need to be certified at the time of application, however this will be required after the short-listing process.
  • Proof of citizenship i.e. birth certificate/passport if available
  • Tertiary certificates
  • Academic transcripts (please provide score scaling)
  • Academic reference letter
  • Employment reference letter (if you have worked or are currently working)
  • Curriculum Vitae

The selection processes

  • Applications will be shortlisted after eligibility checking.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • The selection process includes an interview. Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:
  • academic competence
  • potential outcome, specifically the contribution to development outcomes in Tonga
  • professional and personal leadership attributes including relevant work experience.


Applicants will receive notification as to whether they have been successful by 30 November 2023.


Further Information

Contact details

Organisation: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Address:  Australian High Commission
                  Salote Road
Telephone: +676 20400
Email:  [email protected]