International student scholarships

Charles Darwin University offers a range of scholarships to International students, as well as information about other types of Australian Scholarships available. Find out more on the links below.

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CDU offers a limited number of 25 per cent and 50 per cent tuition fee scholarships for international students who
 have a record of academic excellence and high achievement. The tuition scholarships apply to the 
tuition fees for the full duration of an Undergraduate or Postgraduate coursework degree.

scholarships are exclusively available to international students commencing a degree at CDU, and are awarded on demonstrated academic merit.

The application deadline for study commencing in Semester 1, 2019 is 01 November 2018.

Eligibility and Conditions

Eligible applicants must:

  • Submit a demonstrated record of academic excellence and high achievement in previous relevant studies and qualifications
  • Meet the University's academic and English entry requirement
  • Hold an offer of admission to the degree at CDU for Semester 1, 2019
  • Not hold a scholarship from an Australian or foreign sponsoring agency
  • Submit a completed application for the scholarship by 01 November 2018 for commencement in Semester 1, 2019
  • Not hold a current Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizenship

Conditions of the scholarship for awardees 

  • Awardees must commence studies in Semester 1, 2019
  • Awardees must maintain satisfactory academic progress each semester in the degree at CDU, at a Credit average or better (65 – 75 per cent) and with no fail grade in any subject
  • The tuition fee scholarship will be applied directly upon enrolment each semester
  • Awardees must pay the remaining balance of their tuition on or before the start of each semester
  • The scholarship is neither transferrable for cash, nor refundable and cannot be transferred to another person, course or year
  • Awardees must abide by the Student of the University By-laws (PDF 9KB) 
  • Awardees must be paying international fees and not domestic fees
  • Awardees are required to inform the International Office via email of any visa status changes immediately as this may result in a termination of the scholarship

How to apply

Download the Vice-Chancellor's International High Achiever's Scholarship Application Form (PDF 392KB) and submit with your application for admission to a degree program at CDU.

Please note: the VCIHAS scholarships are very competitive and meeting the minimum eligibility standards
 described above does not guarantee that you will be awarded a scholarship.
 All applicants who meet the minimum eligibility standards will be included in the selection 
The decision of the University selection panel is final.

CDU offers a Sibling Award which provides 10 per cent reduction in tuition fees for siblings of international students. 


  • Applicant must be on a student visa
  • The applicant must provide satisfactory evidence to prove the sibling relationship
  • The award applies only to second and subsequent siblings
  • The siblings do not need to study concurrently
  • This scholarship will be paid to the second and subsequent sibling each semester
  • The award will be applied each semester, subject to satisfactory academic performance each semester
  • The scholarship is neither transferrable for cash, nor refundable and cannot be transferred to a non-sibling

How to apply

Students must complete the International Student Sibling Award application form (pdf 251KB).

Charles Darwin University provides Undergraduate, Postgraduate and research courses for Australia Awards Scholarship students.

Australia Awards Scholarship students enjoy the support services offered to all international students, plus:

  • support from the University's designated Australia Awards Scholarship Officer
  • a special Introductory Academic Program (IAP)
  • additional tuition support as recommended by academic staff

For further information and how to apply for an Australia Awards Scholarship scholarship and support services available to Australia Awards Scholarship applicants, go to Australia Awards, or email

For information about scholarships, fellowships, awards and other sources of funding for study and/or research available through the Department of Education Science and Training (DEST), visit Australia Awards or email

Charles Darwin University welcomes applications for Master by Research and PhD degrees from DIKTI scholarship awardees and offers the following additional scholarships to recipient:

  • 10 weeks of free Academic English language tuition
  • a tuition fee waiver for a third year of study for Master by Research (conditions apply)
  • a tuition fee waiver for a fourth year of study for PhD (conditions apply)

For further information and how to apply for these scholarships, please download the Special Offer for Indonesian Government DIKTI PhD Scholarship Awardees flyer (pdf 1.3MB).

CDU participates in the Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) to provide high quality masters and doctorate degree programs to current and future leaders from the Asia Pacific region.

ALA scholarships cover tuition costs and a living allowance and are allocated on a competitive basis. Applications for the scholarship close on the 31 July for study in the following year. Students must have a conditional offer of a place at CDU before applying for the scholarship.

Visit the Australia Awards website to find out further information about the ALA scholarship and the application process.

This is a useful starting point for students from the US, Canada and India who are seeking financial assistance through international financial aid programs to assist with costs associated with studying at Charles Darwin University.

US students

Federal student loans

Charles Darwin University is a 'Deferment Only' institution from 1st January 2013 and therefore no longer certifies US Federal Loans such as loans applied for under the Direct Loan Program (DLP) or the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP).

Deferring Loans

Charles Darwin University can approve deferments for students who have already received US Federal Student Loans. If you have in the past received a US Federal Student Loan and you are enrolled at Charles Darwin University, you can apply to defer repayment of those loans. Please contact your lender for the appropriate deferment form and submit this with your request to the US Financial Aid Officer in the Office of International Services.

Additional resources

Below are some useful resources to assist you:

Canadian and Indian students

Global Education Management Services (GEMS) partners with highly regarded and experienced financing companies to provide the best in loan options for students from Canada and India who are pursuing their education outside of their home countries.

Important information

Please be reminded that any funds you receive as part of any loan must be repaid. Understanding your rights and responsibilities are very important to know before signing up with any loan provider.


For any additional information, please contact the US Financial Aid Officer in OIS
Brett Smith
P: 08 8946 6048

International Research Scholarship applications will be closed on 31 October

There are a large number of external scholarships made available by government departments, businesses and industry groups. Information and applications are administered externally through the agency offering the scholarship and need to be sent directly to the external agency. Please note, international students may not be eligible for all the scholarships listed and the closing dates may be different to those offered by CDU. Visit Non-CDU Scholarships for more information. 

Study in Australia’s Northern Territory Scholarships are provided by the Northern Territory government and education providers to talented students from all over the world to study in Australia’s Northern Territory.

Applications for semester 2 2018 have now closed.