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UQ staff are encouraged to submit applications for the 2017 round of the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program.

The New Colombo Plan aims to boost Australia’s knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region and strengthen Australia’s people-to-people and institutional relationships through study and internships/mentorships undertaken by Australian undergraduate students in the region.

In 2016, 131 UQ students received grants to study in eight short-term and semester-based programs. Read about some of these programs here:

Grant purpose

Approximately $20 million is available for grants to support students with undertaking semester-based study, short-term study, practicums, clinical placements, internships/mentorships and short-term research activities in the Indo-Pacific region. The Australian Government will prioritise projects that entail significant private sector in-kind support or financial sponsorship.

Approximately 25 per cent of total funding available under the 2017 round will be directed towards multi-year mobility projects undertaken over three years (between 1 January 2017 and 30 June 2020). The remainder of the funding will be directed to single-term mobility projects (undertaken between 1 January 2017 and 30 June 2018). Applicants cannot submit the same project proposal for single-term and multi-year funding.

Mobility projects must provide students with academic credit or be a mandatory component of their course at UQ and universities cannot provide the same student with more than one New Colombo Plan Short-term Grant or more than one New Colombo Plan Semester Grant during their undergraduate studies.

Eligible host locations

The eligible host locations are: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

How to apply

To apply for the mobility grants, project officers are required to complete the UQ-NCP application form by Friday, 20 May 2016. All applications are welcome, but those which have demonstrated industry support in the way of placements, funding or mentoring will be particularly well-received.

Additional information and guidelines are available at the New Colombo Plan website. For application assistance, please contact Heidi Benjaminson at UQ Global Engagement.

"How to" session

Global Engagement invites UQ staff interested in preparing a mobility grant application under the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program to the next information session.