Study and undertake an internship in one of 40 eligible countries in the Indo-Pacific region
What is the New Colombo Plan?
The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region. UC nominates up to 10 students every year. Each scholarship is worth over $60,000.
The New Colombo Plan is now supporting students to study and undertake internships in 40 eligible countries across the Indo-Pacific.
- Brunei Darussalam
- Cook Islands
- Federated States of Micronesia
- French Polynesia
- Hong Kong
- Marshall Islands
- New Caledonia
- Papua New Guinea
- Republic of Korea
- Solomon Islands
- Sri Lanka
- Scholarship program for 1 – 2 semesters of study, language training plus an internship or mentorship of up to 6 months.
- Value of up to AUD $69,000, including a $2,500 monthly allowance, health and travel insurance, $2,500 travel allowance and $2,500 to set yourself up in your new country.
- Invaluable opportunity to work, establish connections and increase your knowledge in the Indo Pacific region.
- Receive credit towards your UC degree for your overseas study.
- Be an Australian citizen
- Aged between 18-30 (inclusive) for non-Aboriginal applicants or between 18-35 (inclusive) for Aboriginal applicants
- Enrolled in an undergraduate (including Honours) degree
- GPA of 6.0 or higher
- Able to have credit for courses taken on overseas student exchange applied to your degree
Applicants will be assessed by written application and performance at interview based on the following selection criteria:
Assessment of this criterion will relate to the Applicant’s demonstrated higher-order cognitive skills, creativity, innovation, communication skills, problem-solving skills and critical thinking skills in their university study. Applicants may also draw on academic achievements such as academic awards and commendations, publications, or other examples of academic excellence at the tertiary level.
High school academic achievements will not be considered.
Assessment of this criterion will relate to the Applicant’s demonstrated leadership in the community, including in volunteer and not-for-profit roles, employment and/or other activities they have undertaken locally, nationally, overseas and/or at their university. Applicants should provide an example of a leadership role they have undertaken.
Assessment of this criterion will relate to the Applicant’s demonstrated ability to adapt to change and thrive in a different environment, and their resilience in the face of challenges.
Assessment of this criterion will relate to the Applicant’s demonstrated understanding of the Strategic objective and Outcomes of the NCP program, and how the Applicant and their proposed Scholarship program would contribute to the NCP Strategic objective and Outcomes, including on return to Australia.
|UC expressions of interest close at 11.59pm AEST
|Shortlisted applicants will be notified
|late June to early July
|UC nominates chosen students
|19 July to 7 August
|Nominees invited to a brainstorming session to strengthen applications in accordance with NCP advice fact sheet
|20 July to 16 August
|Nominated students receive an invitation to complete an online application. Applications must be submitted with supporting documentation.
|Applications close at 11.30pm AEST
|Shortlisted applicant notifications
|September to October
|Shortlisted applicant interviews
|All successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified of the outcome of their application
|November to December
|Scholars are announced and their details published on the NCP website
|1 January to 15 December
|Scholars commence their scholarship