BHP Australia China Scholarship

The BHP Australia China Scholarship has been established to encourage and assist students and young professionals to pursue specialised study, research and experience in priority areas of interest in the bilateral Australia-China relationship.

Applications open

1 May 2020

Applications closed

28 Sep 2020

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Tuition fee exemption
Rental assistance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $180,000

Applicable study areas

Agriculture, animal studies, food science and veterinary science; Commerce, economics and management; Environment and natural resources; Law, legal studies and criminology; Medicine, dentistry, health and welfare

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 5

  • "After graduating from the University of Melbourne, I received the BHP Australia China Scholarship for my postgraduate studies at Peking University. This scholarship supported me to deepen my understandings of contemporary China firsthand while undertaking coursework and defending a dissertation on the implications for Australia of Chinese aid donations to the Pacific Islands. The scholarship also connected me with a network of likeminded individuals within the Australia-China community with whom I have been able to learn from and challenge myself. Through the scholarship I was able to attend the Australian Studies conference held in Chengdu, an experience that connected me with prominent academics in the field. Overall, the scholarship has not only supported me financially, but allowed me to engage more deeply with the people and issues that will shape the future of Australia-China relations."
    Read Annabelle Jarrett's story
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • Have completed or be about to complete an undergraduate degree from an Australian or Chinese university and be planning to undertake postgraduate study at a Chinese university no later than in the calendar year following the year of the Applicant's Scholarship award.

    The scholarship is given to encourage Australian students and young professionals to study in China in the following priority areas of interest:

    • Sustainability, including climate change, carbon capture storage, low emissions technology, biodiversity, water stewardship
    • Governance, including corporate and local community governance, International Regulatory Systems
    • Economic policy – Free Trade
    • Women in leadership

    For further information refer to the Foundation for Australian Studies in China's website for the BHP Australia China Scholarship.

    Selection criteria

    • Academic excellence (outstanding university results, such as honours degrees)
    • Academic focus in areas of priority interest for the Scholarship program identified above
    • Leadership skills
    • Strong academic and community referees
    • Commitment to the enhancement of the Australia China relationship
  • Application process

    Application forms are available from the Foundation for Australian Studies in China website. For enquiries, contact

What are the benefits?

The Scholarship has a value of up to AU$60,000 per annum which may be payable for up to three years, depending on the successful applicant's course of study.

The scholarship is structured to reimburse accepted Scholars for tuition and designated expenses, up to a capped amount. Awards generally include funds to cover:

  • a living allowance
  • accommodation allowance
  • one international travel to/from Australia or China
  • full or partial tuition fees
  • contingency funds
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