United States of America
Established by Sir Keith Murdoch in New York City in 1948, the American Australian Association (AAA) is the leading privately funded nonprofit organization dedicated to deepening and strengthening cooperation and understanding between the institutions and people of the United States and Australia. Our two nations work closely on many levels, through government and business cooperation and leadership, corporate investment, research and innovation and the movement of people in business, education, sports, culture and the arts. The AAA has a long and impressive history of serving the relationship between the United States and Australia. For over 70 years, the AAA has provided an important forum for collaboration and exchange between political and business leaders - the US President, Australian Prime Ministers, Federal and State Cabinet Ministers, and the chief executives of leading companies across the United States and Australia have been among the many individuals hosted.
The Graduate Education Fund provides support of up to US $40,000 to Australian, Indigenous Australian, American and Native American individuals undertaking or planning to undertake full-time Graduate level study (Masters, Ph.D. or Postdoctoral Research) at an accredited educational institution in the country of the other, for a minimum of one-year.
There are two scholarship application rounds offered each year (one in each direction):
Australia to USA: Open for application on February 1 to March 15 each year.
Multiple scholarship opportunities are offered within the Graduate Education Fund categories below.
Specialty Field Scholarships
The Graduate Education Fund supports American and Australian Graduate-level students and researchers in various disciplines, to study in each other’s country, through multiple scholarship opportunities. Please read each specialty scholarship outline below as eligibility requirements, application dates and how to apply may vary.
- The AAA Graduate Education Scholarships support American and Australian individuals undertaking or planning to undertake full-time Graduate level study (Masters, Ph.D. or Postdoctoral Research) at an accredited institution in the country of the other, for a minimum of one year. The scholarships outlined below will provide support of up to US $40,000 to those in the specialty fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Health, Medicine and Sustainability. Scholarship funds may be used toward travel, living, tuition and other associated educational costs.
- The AAA-Sustainable Health Care Funding (SHCF) Scholarship will fund one American or one Australian Graduate (Postdoctoral, Ph.D. or Masters) student or researcher to undertake comparative research in the field of health care policy and management. Applicants with specializations, including but not limited to financing and delivery of health care; the organization and management of health care delivery systems; the politics of health care policy reform; the impact of health care policy reform on the delivery of health care; or health care economics are invited to apply. Research focus should include comparisons and lessons learnt from existing Australian and American health care systems. The inclusion of comparisons with New Zealand, Canada or Asian countries is also welcome.
- Wildfire Research Scholarship
Natural wildfires are increasing in their severity and frequency and can have widespread and devastating impact on people, communities, infrastructure and natural resources. In light of recent wildfires in both Australia and the United States, the American Australian Association has created a new Wildfire Research Scholarship, offering support of up to US $40,000 for one Australian and one American candidate to undertake Graduate (Postdoctoral, Ph.D. or Masters) level research or study.
David Nason Journalism Scholarship
David Nason was an Australian news, print and TV journalist covering stories as varied as sports, politics and war time coverage. In his honor, the Nason family created the David Nason Journalism Scholarship in partnership with the AAA.
The David Nason Journalism Scholarship will support either:
- An Australian digital, print, broadcast or multimedia journalism student to undertake Graduate level study at an accredited US educational institution for a minimum of one-year. or;
- An Australian journalist with 5-7 years of work experience to undertake an investigative project with a media outlet in the US.
Applicants must be accepted into an accredited US educational institution or have a formal letter of agreement from a media outlet to apply. Applicants may apply if they have already begun their studies or investigative project in the US.
The Scholarship will award one student up to US $20,000 to support travel, living, tuition or any other associated educational or project costs. This scholarship may be used in conjunction with other sources of funding.
The Graduate Education Indigenous Scholarships support Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Islander individuals, to undertake full-time Graduate level study (Masters, Ph.D. or Postdoctoral Research) in each other’s countries respectively. These scholarships will provide support of up to US $40,000 to use toward travel, living, tuition and other associated educational costs.
The following scholarships are available each year:
- AAA – Lisa Fox Indigenous Education Scholarship (Both Directions):Will support one Indigenous Australian or Torres Strait Islander and one Native American, Alaskan Native or Native Hawaiian undertaking or planning to undertake full-time Graduate level study (Masters, Ph.D. or Postdoctoral Research) in any disciplinary field, at an accredited educational institution in the country of the other.
- AAA – Aurora Indigenous Education Scholarship (AUS to USA only): Will support two Indigenous Australian or Torres Strait Islander individuals undertaking or planning to undertake full-time Graduate level study (Masters, Ph.D. or Postdoctoral Research) in any disciplinary field, at an accredited educational institution in the US.
Applicants do not have to be accepted into the accredited educational institution at the time of application, though should be actively looking for placement.
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
To be eligible for the Australia – USA Graduate Scholarships you must be:
- An Australian citizen or permanent resident (dual US citizens/permanent residents are not eligible);
- Undertaking or about to undertake research or study at graduate level or above in the US;
- Accepted or affiliated into an American University or accredited institution; and
- Plan to undertake a minimum of one-year full time research or study.
Deadline: March 15, 2022
Cost/funding for participants:
The American-Australian Education Fund provides scholarship awards of up to $40,000 to support graduate level study or post-doctoral research.