The Endeavour Programme is an internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship programme that forms part of the Australian Government's $1. A scholarship is an award of access to an institution or a financial aid award for an individual student scholar for the purpose of furthering their Education For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. 4 billion Australian Scholarships initiative. The programme brings leading researchers, executives and students to Australia to undertake short or long term study, research and professional development in a broad range of disciplines and enables Australians to do the same abroad. It aims at developing linkages between involved nations.
The Endeavour Awards were established as part of the 2003 International Education Package Engaging the World Through Education. Through international, merit-based competition, the Endeavour Awards bring leading researchers, professionals and students to Australia. The Australian Scholarships, a $1. 4 billion Australian Government initiative, brings under the one umbrella the scholarship programmes managed by DEST and AusAID. Over the five years from July 2006, Australian Scholarships will double the number of Australian Government funded scholarships available in the Asia-Pacific region.
Under Australian Scholarships, the Endeavour Awards have been greatly expanded to provide approximately 9,000 scholarships over five years, of which nearly half will be for outgoing Australians. The scholarships will be a mix of postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational and technical education courses, and research and professional development awards. They are open to all fields of study. The focus of the Endeavour Awards is to strengthen education linkages between Australia and the region and to showcase Australia’s excellence in education, science and training.
The Endeavour Awards comprise of four categories: