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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 educational costs. 

The American Australian Association is currently accepting scholarship applications to the scholarships outlined below. Please see each scholarship page for the eligibility requirements.



Round 1 - AUS to USA Veteran Scholarships | CLOSED
The portal has closed for the 2019 A-U applications. The next A-U round offered will open February 1, 2020 and close March 15, 2020. 

AAA-Incitec Pivot Ltd Veteran Scholarship & Internship (AUS to USA)  CLOSED

This scholarship will support graduate-level study within the discipline of mining engineering, chemical engineering, business management (operations) or leadership. This scholarship will be offered in the AUS-USA direction and will open February 1, 2020 and close March 15, 2020. Read more here.

Round 2 - USA to AUS Veteran Scholarships | Open Now| APPLY

Open September 1, 2019 and Close October 15, 2019.

Note: Application Forms 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 US $40,000 per applicant to support international study for a Scholar from:

1)      Australia to United States; OR

2)      United States to Australia.

Scholarship funds may be used to support travel, living, tuition or other associated educational costs. Scholarship funds can be used in conjunction with other veteran support such as the GI Bill.

Note: It is not necessary to have already been accepted into the institution at the time of application. Prospective students are welcome to apply. 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 undergraduate and graduate-level study (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.

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 military veterans;

2)      Australian or US citizens or permanent residents (dual Australian or US citizens/permanent residents are not eligible);

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

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)      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 each year;

2)      USA to AUS – applications to open on September 1 and close on October 15 each year.

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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