New Colombo Plan Scholarship

New Colombo Plan Scholarship


High School Leaver
Indigenous Australians
available for 1 year
Aus Citizen
See below

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government that aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia and strengthen our people-to-people and institutional relationships, through study and work placement undertaken by Australian undergraduate students in the region.

Valued at up to AU$67,000 The New Colombo Plan Scholarship is a prestigious and competitive program that provides the opportunity for Australian undergraduates to undertake up to one academic year of exchange in one of the destination countries. The program also includes provision for relevant language studies, internship / mentorship and community engagement components.

UNSW is calling for expressions of interest from students wishing to go on Student Exchange to one of the destination countries between 1 January and 15 December 2021. UNSW will nominate up to 10 students to apply to the prestigious Scholarship Program.

2021 NCP Scholarship Programs can be conducted in approved Indo-Pacific Host Locations including P.R China, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. It is important you are flexible with your exchange locations and you will be asked to indicate your location preferences in the Expression of Interest form.

To be eligible for nomination you must:

  • be an Australian citizen;
  • not be a current citizen or permanent resident of your proposed Primary Location or any Secondary Location;
  • be enrolled in and undertaking, until completion of all Study Components, in at least one Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree;
  • be between 18 and 28 years of age (inclusive) on 1 January 2021;
  • have achieved a minimum 70 per cent graded average or equivalent for your undergraduate course at the time of Application,
  • be planning to undertake a Student Exchange between 1 January and 15 December 2021. You will need to apply by either 1 May 2020 for Exchange in Term 1 2021 or 2 October 2020 for Exchange in T2/T3 2021;
  • receive credit from your Student Exchange towards your UNSW degree,
  • not be a previous recipient of a Scholarship under the NCP Scholarship Program;
  • not be an employee of the branch of DFAT that administers the NCP.

Before applying, please ensure you


Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria. You should address each criterion and limit your responses to 300 words per criterion.

  1. Demonstrated academic excellence at the tertiary level
  2. Evidence of leadership and engagement in the community
  3. Adaptability and Resilience skills
  4. Ability to contribute to New Colombo Plan objectives

Students must be available for UNSW interviews during the week of 8 June 2020

How to apply
To apply, please complete the Expression of Interest form by 5:00pm 15 May 2020