New Colombo Plan

The New Colombo Plan is an 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".

Under the New Colombo Plan there are two types of programs; the Mobility Program and the Scholarship program.

New Colombo Plan Mobility projects and Scholarships can be undertaken in any of the following 40 host locations in the Indo-Pacific region:

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

Mobility program

The New Colombo Plan Mobility program is for undergraduate students to undertake semester or short-term study in the Indo-Pacific region.

FedUni currently has grants of $7000 available for students to undertake a semester long exchange program at Pukyong National University in the Republic of Korea (South Korea), where students can enrol in courses taught in English.

To express your interest in studying in South Korea with a New Colombo Plan semester exchange grant please email studyabroad@federation.edu.au

Grants for short-term study, study tours, research and overseas placements may be also be available. Please refer to the following table for a list of projects that your may be eligible to participate in or contact your Program Coordinator.

CountryDisciplineNumber of grants availableGrant amount
CambodiaEducation6$3,000
ChinaBusiness (Dalian)14$3,000
 Business (Shaoguan)6$3,000
 Civil Engineering10$2,500
 Education (Anshan)6$2,000
 Education (Taishan)10$2,000
 Education (Taizhou)10$2,000
 Information Technology10$2,500
Hong Kong / SingaporeOutdoor Education10$3,000
IndiaCivil Engineering20$2,500
NepalBusiness8$3,000
 Conservation (Internships)4$3,000
 Conservation (Study Tour)12$3,000
 Education10$3,000
 Nursing20$3,000
South KoreaExchange Semester3$7,000
 International Studies3$3,000
Timor-LesteBusiness4$3,000
 Geology10$3,000
VietnamEducation10$3,000

Federation Business School (FBS) students can refer to the Faculty's New Colombo Plan website for information on projects that may be available to you.

Scholarship program

The New Colombo Plan Scholarships are designed to support Australian students with overseas study in the Indo-Pacific region, and depending on the successful student's overseas study program can be granted up to $20,000 to cover tuition fees along with additional funds to assist with travel, living expenses and language support.

To apply for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship, students must firstly be nominated by their home University. Nominated students are then invited to apply for a Scholarship by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Nominations for the 2019 round of New Colombo Plan Scholarships close in July. If you would like to be considered for nomination please contact us no later than the 9th of July.

To be considered, students must undertake a mandatory study component in an approved location; this can be for one or two semesters, and may also like to undertake language training and an Internship and/or Mentorship during their time overseas.

You must be an Australian student in an undergraduate program, and have achieved a minimum of 70% graded average or equivalent in your program at the time of application. You must be between the ages of 18 and 28 years of age.

For further information on the New Colombo Plan please refer to the information sheet (pdf, 4.7mb), the DFAT New Colombo Plan website or contact Tiffany Forbes, Centre for University Partnerships, t.forbes@federation.edu.au, (03) 5327 9009