Written by Alyssa Walker

Australian schools are actively seeking Indian students for their PhD programs. 

The top eight Australian universities -- also called the Group of 8 (Go8) - set up a task force to begin implementing incentives like scholarships, work-study options, and more streamlined visa processes. 

Traditionally, Indian students who study in Australia attend undergraduate programs and go abroad again for a PhD. With the tightening restrictions in the US and the UK, though, Australia sees an opportunity for Indian students to stay.

The Go8 proposal includes incentives like joint research with top Indian institutions, joint advising from Australian and Indian professors, joint degrees, and significant scholarships, and a couple of paid trips home.

The Go8 is currently working with the Indian government to offer some reciprocal benefits for Australian students in India, like easing visas.

Peter Hoj, vice-chancellor of one of the Go8 universities, and IIT Bombay director Devang Khakha co-chair the task force. 

In an article in India's Telegraph, Khakhar said, "The task force's recommendations will facilitate the mobility of research scholars between the universities of both nations. The document will be submitted to the government soon."

The Go8 is also considering a program that could allow Indian student to take semester-length or shorter research internships.

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.
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