New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program

StatusOpening DateClosing Date
Open24 June18 August

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting young Australians to study and undertake Internships in the region.

The NCP 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.

NCP Scholarship programs can be undertaken in 40 Indo-Pacific host locations.


To be considered you 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 your time overseas. Students proposing to undertake longer study programs and/or language training and/or internships/mentorships may be viewed favourably.

You must have achieved a minimum of 70% graded average or equivalent in your current undergraduate program at the time of your application. You must be between the ages of 18 and 28 years of age undertaking a bachelor or honours degree.

When assessing your application, the Government will take into consideration academics (not just results but awards such as VC Awards, Golden Key membership, etc) leadership in the community and how you plan to contribute back to the NCP program.

Application process

To be invited to apply for a NCP Scholarship, students must firstly be nominated by their University, so we need your assistance in identifying suitable students that may want to undertake such a wonderful opportunity.

Nominated students are then invited to apply for a scholarship by DFAT and provided with application guidance.

FedUni can nominate up to 10 students to be invited to apply for a scholarship.

Your nominations of students is required no later than 9 July, to allow for the internal short-listing of students and final confirmation of nomination before the nomination deadline for DFAT closes on 31 July.

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Contact us

For further information please contact:

Tiffany Forbes
Global Professional School
Ph: (03) 5327 9009