The Australian Government\'s overseas aid program is improving the lives of millions of people in developing countries. Australia is working with the governments and people of developing countries to deliver aid where it is most needed and most effective.
The Direct Aid Program
The Direct Aid Program is a flexible, small grants scheme for development activities managed by Heads of Australian Missions in approximately 45 countries. The emphasis of the program is on alleviating basic humanitarian hardships.
Australia Awards Scholarships
Scholarships for study in Australia have been an important component of the Australian Government’s official development assistance program to Sri Lanka and Maldives since the Colombo Plan in the 1950s. Australia Awards offer emerging leaders the opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development with the support of the Australian Government. The opportunities provided by Australia Awards develop the skills, knowledge and networks of individuals to drive change and contribute to development in their own countries and regions while maintaining strong links to Australia. Australia Awards Scholarships are granted on a competitive basis to Sri Lankan and Maldivian citizens who meet the eligibility criteria stipulated for their respective countries. Applications will open early in 2020.
Full details regarding Australia Awards Scholarships, and details on how to apply, can be found by accessing the following website: https://australiaawardssouthwestasia.org/