The Australia-India Council seeks to advance Australia’s engagement with India by supporting people-to-people linkages; amplifying the positive image of Australia and increased understanding of Australians of the cultures and opportunities in India.

The round will target online and other activities or forms of engagement that help bring people together through virtual means and build cross-cultural linkages. The round will also prioritise applications that directly contribute to the priority needs of India during and immediately following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship provides Global Strategy Framework and Global Engagement Briefs. The Global Strategy and Partnerships (GSP) team welcome inquiries to identify potential partners in India.

Applications close Monday 18 January 2021, 14:00 Canberra time. 


  • Eligibility: Please consult the guidelines for the eligibility of your project
  • Funding: Up to $150,000 for each project. Co-contributions from UQ (Schools/Faculties/Institutes) must be included and will be regarded positively.
  • Overheads: Indirect costs/overheads are not funded by this scheme.
  • Salaries: Salaries/honorarium/scholarships are not funded by this scheme. Please refer to point 5.2 of page 7 of the guidelines for a list of all exclusions.

How to Apply

Step 1. Preparing the application

Australia-India Council 2020 Grant Guidelines are available from the DFAT website. 

The GSP team will provide a letter of support template and the application cover sheet template to be completed by the applicant, brief UQ capacity statement and information on UQ’s engagement in the country of your application upon request. Please allow five days for the GSP team to process the letter of support. Letter of support will be issued after the signed cover sheet is received by the GSP team.

Step 2. GSP internal review and feedback

For GSP review on compliance and feedback (upon request), please email your application to the GSP team by 4 January.

Step 3. Submitting the application

All applications must be submitted by the applicant electronically using the SmartyGrants online application form.

Key dates

Closing date and time: Monday, 18 January 2021, 14:00 Canberra time
Applications due for general review to GSP: 4 January 2021