Laos Australia National Scholarships (LANS)


Australia is a long-standing supporter of human resource development in Laos.

Launched in 2011, Laos Australia National Scholarships (LANS) is a bilateral cooperation program through which the Australian government provides 70 scholarships annually to students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study at the National University of Laos (NUOL).

In 2015, LANS expanded to the Souphanouvong University (SU) in Luang Prabang. Since then, the scholarships are split between the two partnering universities: approximately 50 for NUOL and 20 for SU annually.

1. NUOL LANS 2019-2020 Awardees

2. SU LANS 2019-2020 Awardees

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

1. LANS Brochure in Lao.

2. LANS Brochure in English.

3. LANS Application Form 2019 in Lao.

4. LANS Application Form 2019 in English.

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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.