New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is a signature initiative of the Australian Government that aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia and strengthen our people-to-people and institutional relationships, through study and work placements undertaken by Australian undergraduate students in the region.

The NCP Scholarship Program is a prestigious scholarship scheme that provides an opportunity for high-achieving undergraduate students to undertake study in one of the eligible host locations across the Indo-Pacific region.

Scholarship information sessions


The Scholarship will provide:

  • a travel allowance of $2,500
  • an establishment allowance of $2,500
  • a monthly stipend of $2,500
  • health and travel insurance for the duration of the overseas Scholarship Program
  • a dedicated case manager for the duration of the Scholarship Program who provides services including pre-departure briefings, advice on health and travel insurance, advice and assistance relating to accommodation, and payment of allowances
  • where incurred, payment of in-country language training fees up to $1,500 will be made directly to the language training provider
  • if you study as a fee-paying international student (rather than at an institution where an official exchange agreement with UQ is in place) the Scholarship will provide payment of up to one Academic Year’s international tuition fees to a maximum of $20,000 ($10,000 per semester based or $6,666 per trimester-based Study Period); payable directly to the Host Institution (includes student service and amenities fees)
  • New Colombo Plan Fellows (the top-ranked Scholar in each location and top-ranked Indigenous Scholar) will be awarded $1,000 to purchase study or learning materials for use during their Scholarship Program.


Applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen. Applicants can not undertake their Scholarship in a Host Location in which they have dual citizenship or residency rights; or in which they have previously been a citizen or permanent resident
  • be enrolled in an on-shore campus of an Australian University at the time of application
  • be aged from 18 to 28 (inclusive) on 1 January 2018
  • be undertaking a Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree, when the Scholarship Program commences
  • have achieved a minimum 70 per cent graded average or equivalent for their undergraduate course at the time of application
  • not be undertaking another Australian Government-funded off-shore scholarship or mobility grant (including New Colombo Plan Mobility Program grant) while undertaking the Scholarship Program
  • not be a previous recipient of a New Colombo Plan Scholarship
  • commence their Scholarship program between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018. Applicants who have already commenced or will commence a study abroad or exchange program overseas prior to 1 January 2018 are not eligible to apply for a Scholarship to continue that study.

As students are required to provide their grade point average and demonstrate academic achievement at the tertiary level, applicants should have studied at UQ for at least one year before applying.

How to apply

To be asked by the Australian Government to officially apply for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship, you must first be nominated by UQ. 

UQ students must submit the expression of interest form by Friday, 30 June 2017.

Application assistance

Before submitting your expression of interest, you must contact UQ Abroad and your Faculty to ensure you have room in your program to study overseas for a semester and receive credit towards your UQ program.

For advice about reflecting on your experiences to effectively answer the questions in the expression of interest, we recommend seeing the Careers Service within the Student Employability Centre or viewing the free self-paced course EMPLOY101x, developed by UQ and delivered through the online edX platform.

For application assistance, please contact Global Engagement by email or on (07) 3346 9924.




Scholarship Programs can be conducted in the following 40 eligible Indo-Pacific Host Locations. NCP seeks to ensure a spread of Scholars across locations. Scholars may apply to undertake their study and/or internship component in more than one eligible Host Location and/or Host Institution/Organisation, where it adds meaningful value to their core Scholarship Program.

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Flag of Brunei

Brunei Darussalam

Flag of Cambodia


Flag of China


Flag of Cook Islands

Cook Islands

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Federated States of Micronesia

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French Polynesia

Flag of Fiji


Flag of Hong Kong

Hong Kong (SAR)

Flag of India


Flag of Indonesia


Flag of Japan


Flag of Kiribati


Flag of Laos


Flag of Malaysia


Flag of the Maldives


Flag of Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands

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Flag of Myanmar


Flag of Nauru


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Flag of New Caledonia

New Caledonia

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Flag of Pakistan


Flag of Palau


Flag of Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Flag of The Philippines

The Philippines

Flag of South Korea

Republic of Korea (South Korea)

Flag of Samoa


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Flag of Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands

Flag of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

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Taiwan (Republic of China)

Flag of Thailand


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Flag of Tonga


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Flag of Vanuatu


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Anticipated timeline

Date Activity
30 June 2017 Deadline to submit expression of interest to UQ
6 and 7 July 2017 Shortlisting interviews held at UQ
31 July 2017 Students nominated by UQ
1 August – 31 August 2017 Nominated students submit online application to Australian Government
September 2017 Students shortlisted by Australian Government
September – October 2017 Interviews held in Canberra with Australian Government and country representatives
November 2017 Successful and unsuccessful applicants notified