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New Colombo Plan

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to participate in semester-based or short-term study, internships, mentorships, practicums and research in 40 host locations across the Indo-Pacific region..

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

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 of up to $3,000 may be also be available. Please refer to the where can I go? NCP short term projects for a list of locations that you may be eligible to participate in or contact your Program Coordinator or the contact our Student Mobility Office at  studyabroad@federation.edu.au

Federation Business School (FBS) students can also 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. It is normal for the Federation University Dean of International to invite high achieving students to be nominated for this Scholarship. Nominated students are then invited to apply for a Scholarship by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Nominations for the 2022 round of New Colombo Plan Scholarships close in July. If you would like to be considered for nomination, please email studyabroad@federation.edu.au no later than the 8th of July.

Eligibility for New Colombo Plan Grants

To be eligible for consideration of one of the Grants detailed above, students will:

  1. Have met all the required eligibility criteria for participation in exchange, study abroad, short faculty program or study tours as a for-credit student.
  2. Have been successfully approved for the project by the appropriate Federation School after submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI).
  3. Be aged between 18-28 (there can be exceptions to this requirement)
  4. Be an Australian Citizen*
  5. Be an undergraduate student
  6. Have not previously received a New Colombo Plan Short-Term Grant and/or a New Colombo Plan Semester grant

*Students cannot receive a Student Grant to undertake a Mobility Project 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.

For further information on the New Colombo Plan please  see the Australian Government New Colombo Plan website contact the Student Mobility Office at  studyabroad@federation.edu.au