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2020 New Colombo Plan Scholarship round

Applications for the New Colombo Plan Scholarship round for 2019 have closed. Applications for 2020 will open in April 2019.

In 2019, the New Colombo Plan will support 125 scholars from across Australia to live, study, learn a language and gain work experience in 24 locations throughout the Indo-Pacific.

Scholarship programs can be conducted in the following 40 Indo-Pacific host locations:
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hong Kong SAR, 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, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

A New Colombo Plan Scholarship information session will be held on:
Tuesday, 16th April 2019 1pm - 2pm New Law LT 104
Thursday, 18th April 2019 1pm - 2pm New Law LT 104

Applications for the University of Sydney internal selection process close:
Sunday, 5th May 2019 at 11:59pm

Interviews will take place for short-listed candidates on:
Wednesday 15th May, Thursday 16th May and Friday 17th May 2019

Please keep these dates open in your diary. In the case that you are shortlisted for interview, you will be contacted with your specific interview day, time and location.

You should review the following eligibility criteria prior to starting the application to ensure that you are eligible. 

To be eligible, applicants for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship must:

  • be an Australian citizen. Applicants cannot undertake their Scholarship in a Host Location in which they hold dual citizenship or permanent residency; or in which they have previously been a citizen or permanent resident.

  • be enrolled in units at an on-shore campus of an Australian University during the application process and have successfully completed a minimum of 48 credit points in their current course.

  • be between 18 and 28 years of age (inclusive) on 1 January 2020.

  • be undertaking at least one Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree when the Scholarship Program commences (2020) and have a minimum of 24 credit points remaining to complete their course requirements.

  • have achieved a minimum 70 per cent graded average or equivalent for their undergraduate course at the time of application (May 2019), as determined by the nominating Home University.

  • not be a previous recipient of a New Colombo Plan Scholarship.

In addition, in relation to the applicant's proposed scholarship program:

  • study duration must equate to a minimum of 24 credit points at the University of Sydney and be for academic credit.

  • study can be undertaken at one of the University of Sydney’s Exchange partner universities or another university on a Non-exchange basis.

  • students who intend to study at an Exchange partner university should also complete the Semester Exchange Program application in the relevant round. Application for the Semester Exchange Program (2020) in the equivalent of Sem 1 will close in June 2019 and Sem 2 will close in November 2019.

  • students need to commence overseas study from 1 January 2020 and before 31 December 2020.

  • may also incorporate an internship and/or mentorship component of up to six months in duration. Internships and mentorships are strongly encouraged where host location visa requirements permit this.

You are strongly encouraged to read the full New Colombo Plan 'Scholarship Program Guidelines 2019' and 'Advice to applicants' found on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - New Colombo Plan website. Links for the 2020 NCP Scholarship round will be updated once this information is available.

New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program Guidelines 2019
New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program Advice to Applicants