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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.

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Scholarship information sessions

Value

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.

Eligibility

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 should submit the expression of interest form by Friday 30, June 2017.

2018 Expression of interest form - available soon

Application assistance

Before submitting your expression of interest, we strongly encourage you to contact the UQ Abroad team for information about current exchange partners and the exchange process.

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 UQ Advantage Office 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.

Locations

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.

Flag of Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Flag of Bhutan

Bhutan

Flag of Brunei

Brunei Darussalam

Flag of Cambodia

Cambodia

Flag of China

China

Flag of Cook Islands

Cook Islands

Flag of FSM

Federated States of Micronesia

Flags of French Polynesia

French Polynesia

Flag of Fiji

Fiji

Flag of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Flag of India

India

Flag of Indonesia

Indonesia

Flag of Japan

Japan

Flag of Kiribati

Kiribati

Flag of Laos

Laos

Flag of Malaysia

Malaysia

Flag of the Maldives

Maldives

Flag of Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands

Flag of Mongolia

Mongolia

Flag of Myanmar

Myanmar

Flag of Nauru

Nauru

Flag of Nepal

Nepal

Flag of New Caledonia

New Caledonia

Flag of Niue

Niue

Flag of Pakistan

Pakistan

Flag of Palau

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

Samoa

Flag of Singapore

Singapore

Flag of Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands

Flag of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Taiwanese flag

Taiwan (Republic of China)

Flag of Thailand

Thailand

Flag of Timor Leste

Timor-Leste

Flag of Tonga

Tonga

Flag of Tuvalu

Tuvalu

Flag of Vanuatu

Vanuatu

Flag of Vietnam

Vietnam

Anticipated timeline

Date Activity
30 June 2017 Deadline to submit expression of interest to UQ
1 - 31 July 2017 Students shortlisted by UQ; shortlisting interviews held
31 July 2017 Students nominated by UQ
1 August – 31 August 2017
 
Nominated students receive application guidance and an invitation to complete an online application form from Australian Government
Applicants complete their application and gather supporting documentation
September 2017 Shortlisted applicants notified by Australian Government
September – October 2017 Shortlisted applicants are interviewed by Australian Government in Canberra
November 2017 Selections are finalised and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Education and Training are notified of selection outcomes
All successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified of the outcome of their application