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American-Australian Veterans' Fund


Each year the American Australian Association (AAA) hosts two veteran scholarship rounds, which support international study and exchange in each direction between our two countries.  Scholarships are awarded up to a maximum of US$40,000 for one-year, to support technical, professional, undergraduate or graduate study across all disciplinary fields. The scholarship award may be used to support travel, living, tuition or other associated costs. 



Round One: Australia to USA Veterans' Scholarships| APPLY
OPEN: Open February 1, 2019 and close March 31, 2019. 

Round One: AAA-Incitec Pivot Ltd Veteran Scholarship & Internship (USA to AUS) | APPLY
OPEN: Open February 1, 2019 and close April 30, 2019

NB: This scholarship will support graduate study within the discipline of mining engineering, chemical engineering, business management (operations) or leadership. Read more here.

Round Two: USA to Australia Veterans' Scholarships
CLOSED: Open September 1, 2019 and Close October 15, 2019.

Note: Application Form will be made available when each round is open.

Instructions & Guidelines

The American-Australian Veterans’ Fund (AAVF) will provide a scholarship award of up to USD $40,000 per applicant to support international study for a Scholar from:

1)      Australia to United States; OR

2)      United States to Australia.

The award may be used to support travel, living, tuition or other associated costs.  Recipients will have a maximum of 2 years from the date of the grant being awarded to accept and use the award.  Any remaining or unused grant amounts will be forfeited after this time.

Study Level

The AAVF award may be applied to support technical, professional, undergraduate or graduate courses (minimum of one year full time study required) at an accredited academic institution in the United States; and at an Australian Government Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TESQA) registered/accredited higher education provider in Australia.  The course must lead towards the award of a certificate or degree.

Applicants do not have to have a letter of offer from an institution when applying, however, if selected as a scholar, the applicant must obtain an offer and begin their studies abroad within two years of being awarded the scholarship. 

NOTE: The joint American Australian Association – Sentinels of Freedom (AAA-SoF) scholarships are the exception.  These two scholarships (one in each direction) will be administered and operate under separate written agreement, and are limited to post-graduate study only.


General Eligibility

AAVF applicants must be:

1)      Honorably discharged post 9/11 veterans;

2)      Australian or American citizens or permanent residents;

3)      Accepted, enrolled or actively seeking acceptance into an accredited institution (as outlined above) for full time study or research;

4)      Demonstrate a financial need for the award.  Preference will be given to candidates whose study would not be possible without the scholarship award.

5)      Ambassador for their country, and agree to promote and support the American Australian Association and AAVF;

6)      Have a prior educational grade average of credit and above, to ensure success in their continued academic endeavors; and

7)      Agree (if selected) to undertake a psychological screening, to ensure the applicant is well-prepared and positioned to be able to undertake study in an overseas environment.

8)      Undertake media and marketing activities where required.


The Association will administer and run two separate application processes as follows:

1)      AUS to US – applications to open on February 1 and close on March 31;

2)      US to AUS – applications to open on September 1 and close on October 15.

Applicants will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel of judges that comprise the American Australian Association and Veterans’ support organizations from Australia and the United States.

Evaluation Criteria:

-          Commitment to supporting US-Australian relations;

-          Quality of required support materials;

-          Demonstration of financial need;

-          Consideration of service.


Katie Rotherham I | 212-338-6860 ext. 208


The American Australian Association is a registered non–profit organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code - EIN 13-6151807.

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