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Australian Scholarships For LLM Programs

Australian LLM ScholarshipsScholarships in Australia are a popular way to fill funding gaps when studying an LLM program in Australia.
There are loads of different scholarships for different elements of your LLM course that will need funding. International students have quite a few options for scholarships that pay for tuition fees, as they don't usually have access to the Australian Government's Fee Help scheme for tuition fee loans

What is the best ways to find out about LLM scholarships?

Start with the university that you are going to study at as they will have scholarships available to their students and you might find you qualify for one or even a number of them. The Australian Government also has scholarships available to LLM students so check with the Trade and Investment Commission for a list of all of the scholarships that they offer. If you are an international student you might find that since you are applying for a Master of Laws then your own home government might have scholarships or sponsorship available. This is especially true if you cannot study the LLM specialism in your own country or there are very few experts in this area of law in your home country. Finally, sign up for Australian postgraduate newsletters and attend LLM fairs to keep you up to date on other scholarships that might be around. Sign up for the updates to keep on top of the global LLM scholarship news, and don’t forget that once you have been accepted on an LLM program you will be eligible to apply for a Global LLM Study Bursary.

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What information do you usually need to provide to apply for an LLM scholarship?

The information that you need to provide can vary depending on the reason the scholarship exists. Some scholarships are based purely on academic merit so you will find they just want evidence of your academic ability. For example, a number of Australian scholarships are based on gaining an undergraduate first class degree and they don't need much more information other than what and where you are studying next. Others might want you to write a short essay about why you want or need this scholarship and other scholarship might be based on your existing income so they will need evidence of this. There are scholarships that are based on being a student from a particular area or nation such as scholarships for Indian students or scholarships for students who are of Aboriginal descent. US students who have served in the US military can study at a number of Australian universities under the US GI Bill and get funding for tuition fees and additional living costs. 

Popular Australian scholarships

Since the majority of domestic Australian students have their LLM tuition fees paid by the Government's Fee Help scheme this makes scholarships that pay tuition fees very popular for international students. The Australia Awards scholarships  are very popular, especially as they have a scholarship specifically to cover the Overseas Student Health Cover bill for international students. 

University scholarships

Every law school and university in Australia will have a raft of scholarships that both domestic and international students can apply for. Universities do not wish to turn away academically able students who do not have the funds to pay for their studies because of financial issues. Checking through the list of scholarships, for example here are the ones at the University of Adelaide, is a good start as these are usually all published online and applications are managed online. As with most parts of life networking with those currently working in the law or working in the specific area that interests you might uncover lesser-known scholarships. There are many scholarships available at universities for researching, and these are a possible option for LLM students, and are often aimed at groups of people who are not well represented at the institution.

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