The Australian Government works to ensure there is equal access to the Australia Awards Scholarships from both women and men and other target communities. Women, people living with disability and people living in rural areas are strongly encouraged to apply for an Australia Awards Scholarship and for other Australia Awards activities. Each year we review our support programs for people from disadvantaged groups to ensure our support is targeted, successful and sustainable.


We aim to offer at least 50% of scholarships to women each year and many female alumni are now working in positions of influence across the government, private sector and civil society.

The program offers a Women in Leadership Short Course for female alumni upon return to Timor-Leste. The aim of the course if for participants to develop their leadership, influencing and communication skills. The course provides an opportunity to strengthen networks and develop career plans.

To find out more go to the Courses & Events page.

People with Disabilities

The Australian Government wants to encourage Timorese people living with a disability to apply for an Australia Awards Scholarship. As a result one scholarship place each year has been reserved for applicants living with a disability* and applicants have the additional option to study at the Diploma or Advanced Diploma level. These conditions recognise the additional challenges people living with a disability face accessing education in Timor-Leste.

For more information for applicants with disabilities please see below and download the Australia Awards Timor Leste Disability Inclusion Factsheet.

People living with disabilities are also eligible to be awarded a Scholarship through the regular scholarship stream, competing with all other candidates.

*subject to the Scholarship Selection Panel identifying suitable applicants.

Level of study available for people living with a disability:

  • Diploma and Advanced Diploma
  • Bachelor and Associate Degrees (undergraduate)
  • Master’s Degree and PhD

People from Rural Areas

People who are living and working in rural areas are encouraged to apply so that they can return to their municipality to work and contribute to future development in their area.

Where an applicant residing outside Dili is successful in progressing to the shortlist stage of assessment, travel from their municipality to and from Dili to attend interviews and IELTS preparation and testing, the program will support with travel costs.


In delivering the Program’s Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion aspects, six resources have been developed for Australia Awards scholars (and potential applicants) to prepare them for life in Australia. 

Domestic and Family Violence Factsheet

Factsheet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

GEDSI Factsheet

LGBTIQ Factsheet

Mental Health Factsheet

PSEAH Factsheet