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About this scholarship


Each year the National Security College (‘the College’) at the Australian National University (‘the University’) may offer a number of awards known as the National Intelligence Community and National Security College Scholarship for Women (‘the Award’).

The objectives of the Award are to foster the talent of Australian women with a diverse background and skillset who are interested in national security and pursuing a career in the national intelligence community, to showcase the College's programs for high achievers, and to provide an opportunity to standout women who may otherwise be unable to undertake a Master of National Security Policy degree.

Funding for this Award has been provided by one or more Commonwealth government agencies in the National Intelligence Community (‘NIC’). The members of the NIC are as follows: the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (‘ACIC’), the Australian Federal Police (‘AFP’), Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (‘AGO’), Australian Signals Directorate (‘ASD’), Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (‘ASIO’), Australian Secret Intelligence Service (‘ASIS’), the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), the Defence Intelligence Organisation (‘DIO’), the Department of Home Affairs and the Office of National Intelligence (‘ONI’).



Up to $54,000 per annum. 100% tuition fee up to 72 units

2 on offer

Payments made per semester

Payments made for program duration


28-Mar-2024 to 21-Jun-2024

  • Student types

  • Student levels

    Postgraduate coursework, Graduate Certificate, Master Degree
  • Number of scholarships awarded

    2 on offer
  • Selection bases

    Academic merit, Financial hardship, Gender, Indigenous, Regional, rural or remote
  • Ongoing eligibility

    Continuation based on academic performance
  • Extension duration

    12 month extension available.

Field of study

National security policy


The Award is available each year to a prospective ANU student who:
  1. is an Australian citizen; and 
  2. has completed a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0 or above; and
  3. identifies as a woman; and
  4. has received an offer for the Master of National Security Policy degree program; and
  5. at the time of application, is not a member of the Australian Public Service (APS); has not accepted a place in one of the NIC agencies, nor into an APS graduate program; and is not employed under any other legislative provision related to employment in the National Intelligence Community (for example the ASIO Act or the Intelligence Services Act); and
  6. at the time of application, is not a member of the Australian Defence Force, Australian Federal Police or State/Territory police force.

Additional information

The scholarship provides tuition fee sponsorship for the duration of the eligible study program.
The recipient is responsible for making payment of all non-tuition fees including the student services and amenities fees by the prescribed date as set out by the University each session. Recipients of the Award are responsible for the costs of books, study materials, accommodation and all other costs of study.
As well as applying for admission to the Master of National Security Policy, applicants must:
  • Complete the application form
  • Attach a statement of aims of no more than 500 words to support their application
  • A current Curriculum Vitae of no more than 3 pages attached as part of the application
  • Two (2) academic written references.
The references must be "closed envelope" references are to be sent directly from the referee to the Senior Student Engagement Coordinator, at  prior to the closing date.
The statement of claims should address the following questions:
  1. What are your reasons for undertaking the Master of National Security Policy?
  2. What are your long-term objectives and how will the degree help you achieve them?
  3. How do your circumstances align with the selection criteria listed in the conditions of award?

All enquiries regarding the National Intelligence Community and National Security College Scholarship for Women should be made to:

Senior Student Engagement Coordinator
National Security College
Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Contact us:

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icon_human +61 2 6125 6261