New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program For Australian Students


Entries are currently being accepted for the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program for Australian students. The 2020 scholarship provides Australian students who are undergraduates to undertake semester-based study and internships of mentorships in this participating Indo-Pacific locations. The aim of the scholarship is to support Australian undergraduates to live, work and study in 40 locations across the Indo-Pacific region, including Caledonia and French Polynesia. 120 to 150 Scholarships will be awarded.

The objectives of the NCP Scholarship Program are:

  • To provide about 120 prestigious and highly competitive scholarships to a wide range of Australian university students studying a variety of disciplines;
  • support more study experiences in a wide range of Indo-Pacific areas;
  • encourage researchers to conduct long-term studies, language studies and internships and/or tutoring;
  • involve researchers, Australian universities and other stakeholders in public diplomacy and outreach;
  • continue to develop an active community of alumni to enable the past scholars to share their experiences, promote the NCP and continue to develop professional knowledge and connections with the Indo-Pacific region.

The type of study the New  Colombo Plan support

The New Colombo Plan involves:

  • a prestigious scholarships program for the study of up to one year and internships or mentorships, and
  • a flexible mobility grants program for both short and longer-term study, internships, mentorships, practicums, and research.

All New Colombo Plan supported study must receive credit towards an Australian undergraduate degree.

Level/Field of Study

The scholarship is open to undergraduate students in various disciplines aged 18 to 28 studying at Australian universities. Also, the NCP has the capacity to include some students over 28 in the New Colombo Plan funded mobility projects.

Host Nationality

This scholarship is an initiative of the Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Eligible Nationality

The scholarship is open to Australian citizens.

Scholarship Worth

Before applying for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship, students should consider their personal financial circumstances and ensure that undertaking a Scholarship Program will not overextend them financially. Exchange rates can fluctuate. Also, the scholarship should be used as intended.

The New Colombo Plan Scholarship includes:

  • tuition fees to cover the cost of study for up to one Academic Year (including student service and amenities fees), where Scholars are studying as fee-paying international students, up to a maximum of $20,000 ($10,000 per semester or $6,666 per trimester).
    Note: These fees are payable directly to the Host Institution. Also, the scholarship will only provide for international tuition fees if no current exchange agreement place is available between the Home University and the Host Institution.
  • Language training tuition fees, where incurred, of up to $1,500. Also, these fees are only for in-country language training and are payable directly to the language training provider.
  •  $2,500 for travel allowance: to contribute to costs associated with the Scholar’s travel to and from the Host Location.

Other Benefits include:

  • An allowance of $2,500 to contribute to the costs associated with the Scholar settling into their Host Location.
  • a monthly stipend of $2,500 for basic living costs in their Host Location.
  • health and travel insurance for the duration of the Scholarship Program.
  • a dedicated Case Manager who provides services such as pre-departure briefings, advise on health and travel insurance, advice and assistance relating to accommodation as well as payment of allowance.
  • An additional benefits of $1,000 will be given to New Colombo Plan Fellows (the top-ranked Scholar in each location and top-ranked IndigenousScholar)for the purchase of study materials for use during their Scholarship Program.

Eligibility For The New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program

To be eligible, applicants for the New Colombo Plan Scholarship 2020 must adhere to the following:

  • Have been nominated by their home university.
  • Be an Australian citizen.
  • Applicants cannot undertake their Scholarship in a Host Location in which they hold dual citizenship or permanent residency; or in which they have previously been a citizen or permanent resident.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in units at an on-shore campus of an Australian University during the application process.
  • Applicants are expected to be between 18 and 28 years of age (inclusive) on 1 January 2020.
  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum of 70 percent grade average or equivalent for their undergraduate course at the time of application, as determined by the nominating Home University.
  • At the commencement of the scholarship program, applicants must be undertaking a Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree.
  • Applicants must not be a previous recipient of a New Colombo Plan Scholarship.

How To Apply For The New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program

  • Australian universities are to make their nominations via the New Colombo Plan Online website.
  • Application guidance will be given to nominated students as well as an invitation to complete an online application.
  • Applicants gather supporting documentation and complete their application.

Application Deadline

Submission of application for the New Colombo Plan 2020 closes11.30pm AEST on 14 August 2019.


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