Applications are open for internship grants

An exciting new way to enhance your Scholarship journey 

Australia Awards – South Asia & Mongolia is committed to providing opportunities for scholars to have positive, educational, and engaging experiences in Australia, creating valuable personal and professional connections. 

Internships offer one such opportunity. Current scholars can apply for an internship placement in a relevant field according to their area of study while in Australia. 

For the current round, applications must be submitted by Monday, 9 January 2022, for any opportunity from January 2023 to June 2023. Scholars will be informed of their acceptance in mid-January 2023. 

Scholars will work closely with InternMatch to find an appropriate opportunity that aligns with one of the themes outlined below, and enhances their Development Impact and Linkages Plan (DILP). 

Scholars are encouraged to identify opportunities that align with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Partnerships for Recovery framework or the priority areas in the Australia Awards Global Strategic Framework 2021–2024, which include: 

  • health security 
  • stability 
  • economic recovery
  • agriculture, fisheries & water
  • building resilience 
  • education and health 
  • effective governance 
  • gender equality and women’s empowerment 
  • infrastructure, innovation & trade. 

Please note that Australia Awards – South Asia & Mongolia will not be responsible for finding an appropriate internship for a scholar. 

Internship grants will be awarded through a competitive selection process. Please read and ensure you understand the eligibility and assessment criteria and application process below, prior to applying.

General eligibility criteria

All internship grant applicants must: 

  • be currently studying in Australia on an Australia Awards Scholarship 
  • be a citizen of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka
  • ensure that the internship period does not interfere with or adversely affect their study commitments 
  • submit a proposal on how the activity aligns with their development impact plan 
  • commit to submitting a completion report, a summary of the activity/ event, relevant photos, and quotes as required 
  • agree to adhere to all requirements and use and acquit the grant according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Program guidelines. 

Any opportunity you take will have to be completed with your education within the current Scholarship period. There will be no visa extension granted for this. While taking on an activity, all the regulations applicable to an Australia Awards scholar and an international student in Australia will remain unchanged. 

In addition to the general eligibility criteria, applicants seeking an internship must: 

  • Have completed at least one semester of coursework. 
  • Have at least one semester of Scholarship left to complete (study end date on or after June 2022). 
  • Commit to submitting a completion report, a summary of the activity/ event, relevant photos, and quotes as required. 

All applications will be judged against the following criteria: 

  • How the proposed internship aligns with their study and extra-curricular interest. 
  • How the proposed internship enhances their Development Impact and Linkages Plan and future goals upon returning home. 
  • How the proposed internship enhances their personal and professional connections. 

Applicants must register, complete and submit their application  using the Australia Awards – South Asia & Mongolia online portal by  Monday, 9 January 2022.

Registering your details through this system will send an email confirmation message to your account. This message will contain a link that will enable you to activate your account. Please check your spam or junk email folder if you have yet to receive this email within 5-10 minutes in your inbox. If you cannot locate the email confirmation message from Australia Awards – South Asia & Mongolia or have any queries regarding the application portal, please email and provide the email address used to register on the system. 

You can reset your password or register with a different email address if registered on the application portal. 

Once you log in, you can apply for an activity or an internship grant. You may only apply for one grant per academic year. The application can be saved at specific points, so you can return to it multiple times. Please click the submit button at the end of an application once you complete it. You will receive an email after you have submitted your application. 


Once awarded, InternMatch will be in touch with the scholar to initiate proceedings. Australia Awards will not continue to engage in internship discussions after this point. 

A ‘Completion Report’ must be submitted within two weeks of completing the internship. Interns will be requested to take photographs of their placements and respond to requests for information from Australia Awards – South Asia and Mongolia regarding the progress of internships for review or story-collection purposes. 

A template for the Completion Report will be provided to successful applicants. This will require you to include a brief reflection on your internship and describe any short- and long-term impacts, challenges, and lessons learned.