New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

The Australian Government's New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship Program supports high-achieving Australian undergraduate students to study and work in the Indo-Pacific region.

To apply for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship, you must first be nominated by UQ. ​ Expressions of interest for 2020 will close 30 June 2019.

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Value

The Scholarship will provide:

  • a travel allowance of $2500
  • an establishment allowance of $2500
  • a monthly stipend of $2500
  • a mental health allowance of $1000
  • health and travel insurance for the duration of the overseas Scholarship Program
  • a dedicated case manager for the duration of the Scholarship Program 
  • payment of in-country language training fees up to $1500 
  • 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 $6666 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 $1000 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 2020
  • 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 (may have received a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant)
  • commence their Scholarship program between 1 January 2020 and 15 December 2020. Applicants who have already commenced or will commence a study abroad or exchange program overseas prior to 1 January 2020 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.

Application assistance

Before submitting your expression of interest, please contact the Global Experiences Team 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.

How to apply

Locations

You may apply to undertake the program in the following locations.

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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

Micronesia, Federated States

Flags of French Polynesia

French Polynesia

Flag of Fiji

Fiji

Flag of Hong Kong

Hong Kong (SAR)

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

South Korea (ROK)

Flag of Samoa

Samoa

Flag of Singapore    

Singapore

   

Flag of Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands

Flag of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Taiwan (ROC)

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 2019 Deadline to submit an expression of interest to UQ
4 and 5 July 2019 Shortlisting interviews held at UQ
15 July 2019 Students nominated by UQ
16 July – 14 August 2019 Nominated students submit an online application to the Australian Government
August and September 2019 Students shortlisted by the Australian Government
September – October 2019 Interviews held in Canberra with Australian Government and country representatives
November 2019 Successful and unsuccessful applicants notified