Laos Australia National Scholarships (LANS)


The LANS scheme offers domestic university level scholarships to improve access to tertiary study for disadvantaged students, in line with social inclusion and education objectives of the Australian aid program. The scheme originally ran from 1997 to 2009, and was then redesigned, with the new program starting in 2011 with an intake of 70 students at the National University of Laos (NUoL) in Vientiane. In 2015, the program was extended to include Souphanouvong University in Luang Prabang.

Students access LANS through two pathways:

 • Equity and Merit; and

 • Disability.

The goal of the Equity and Merit Pathway is to attract applications from academically able young men and women from disadvantaged backgrounds (identified in the first instance by having grown up in the most economically disadvantaged districts in Laos).

The goal of the Disability Pathway is to attract applications from academically able men and women with a disability, and, where possible, identify and support potential applicants in advance. Identification may occur through a number of methods:

 • through the schooling system, disability support organisations or local authorities;

 • through GoL quotas, processes and related policies; and

 • people who self-identify after acceptance into courses at a participating university.

The economically disadvantaged district criterion will not apply to applicants with disabilities, however, applicants will have to be accepted into university courses and meet other LANS criteria. Half of all LANS awards are made to women.

Currently, there are around 250 LANS students enrolled at NUoL and 60 students at Souphanouvong. In addition, there are 14 students under the Disability Pathway studying at NUoL.

There have been 201 graduates of the program since 2015.

As well as covering a range of student fees and stipends, LANS provides support for university administrations and the running of an Academic Support Program (ASP) through NUoL’s Faculty of Letters and Souphanouvong’s Faculty of Education. The ASP includes regular activities to strengthen university administration of scholarships and classroom teaching for the ASP.

Click the links below for the application form and LANS’ information

1. LANS Brochure.

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LANS in Laos

From the Village to the World

Ms Phaynalin Toummala received a LANS award in 2011 and has now completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the National University of Laos. “LANS not only gave me an opportunity to further my study, it made my life better and to be a better person,” she said.

Breaking the Poverty Cycle

Education is vitally important for lifting people out of poverty, and this is especially the case for young women. The Australian government, through the Laos Australia Institute, provides scholarships to over 280 young men and women from disadvantaged rural areas in Laos to attend university.

A Strong Determination Beats Poverty

Poverty stills keep some children in rural districts of Laos out of school, especially girls. There are many barriers to girls’ education. Some must work to help their families or stay home to take care of younger siblings. Other girls simply don’t have money for education.

A Young Woman’s Determination to Succeed

Aiher Saupor is determined to continue her education despite poverty and her parents’ disapproval. “I have seen my parents working so hard in the field and they still live in poverty. That’s why I don’t want to be the same. I wanted to study and get a job,” says the 22 year old from Houn district in Oudomxay Province.