March 3, 2024

The New Colombo Plan Scholarship program was launched in 2014 with a vision to increase knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian students to study and intern in the region

The New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program offers around 120 scholarships annually to a different cohort of Australian students studying various disciplines at up to 40 locations in the Indo-Pacific

Students take on offshore programs for you for up to 20 months, including studies, language training, internships and mentoring. The scholarship program has an active alumni community. Supporting their former grantees to share their experiences, strengthen the NCP and continue to expand knowledge and professional connections to the Indo-Pacific

The main aim of the program is to enhance Australia’s regional reputation by developing a diverse cohort of Australian alumni with deeper knowledge, capacity and connections to the Indo-Pacific

The intended outcomes of the NCP are

  • Increased diversity of Australian university students with Indo-Pacific capacity.
  • Deeper interpersonal and institutional ties between Australia and the Indo-Pacific region and students and alumni connected with leaders in government, business and civil society in the Indo-Pacific


The New Colombo Plan Something Program Mobility Grant entitles the student to sponsored study of up to 20 months, including industrial internship, mentorship and language training in the Indo-Pacific

Eligibility for the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program

To qualify for a New Colombo Plan scholarship program and remain qualified throughout their scholarship program, a candidate must:

  • not be an employee of the DFAT branch that administers the NCP.
  • Be nominated by their home university for the NCP scholarship program
  • Be an Australian citizen
  • not be a new citizen or permanent resident of the proposed location(s).
  • Be enrolled and pursuing at least a bachelor’s degree or bachelor’s honors degree at an Australian campus of an Australian university pending the completion of all study components of the New Colombo Plan Scholarship program. (If a grantee meets their home study requirements after completing the mandatory study component of their NCP grant program, they may apply to the DFAT for approval to continue to complete any remaining components of their NCP grant program. This will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.)
  • be between the ages of 18 and 30 (inclusive) for non-Indigenous applicants or between the ages of 18 and 35 (inclusive) for Indigenous applicants on January 1, 2022
  • have achieved a GPA of at least 70 percent or equivalent for their bachelor’s degree at the time of application, as determined by the nominating home university
  • not be a previous recipient of an NCP grant and
  • not be an employee of the DFAT branch that administers the NCP.

Students must continue to meet these eligibility requirements throughout the term of their scholarship.

Unless otherwise approved by DFAT, grantees may not begin another offshore grant or mobility grant while their grant program is in progress.

Only scholarship holders who have been nominated by their home university can apply for a scholarship. Students who would like to apply for a scholarship should contact the NCP Liaison Officer for Scholarships or the International Office at their home university.

Any Australian university can nominate up to ten students enrolled at that university without evaluating them. Each Australian university sets its process for selecting nominees, but should take into account admission requirements and evaluation criteria.

How to Apply for the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Scheme

To express interest in nominating for this New Colombo Plan scholarship program, contact the Learn Without Borders team.

For further inquiries, visit Flinders University’s website.

Application Deadline: July 19, 2022

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