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Program Description:
NCP logo2022 New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program

Applications for the 2022 New Colombo Plan Scholarship Round will open soon.

The New Colombo Plan (NCP), launched in 2014, aims to lift knowledge in Australia of the Indo-Pacific by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region. The NCP has two programs: scholarships (for study up to 19 months) and mobility grants (for short and longer-term study). Both programs prioritise internships, mentorships and language training.

The Strategic Objective of the NCP is to strengthen Australia’s regional standing by building a diverse cohort of Australian alumni with deeper Indo-Pacific knowledge, capability and connections.

The intended outcomes of the NCP are:
  1. increased number and diversity of Australian university undergraduates with Indo-Pacific capability
  2. deeper people-to-people and institutional relationships between Australia and the Indo-Pacific region, and
  3. students and alumni connected with leaders in government, business and civil society in the Indo-Pacific.
Semester-based study and internships or mentorships can be undertaken in 40 participating Indo-Pacific 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.*

Eligibility: To be eligible for a New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship, and to remain eligible during the Scholarship Program if a Scholarship is awarded, applicants must meet all eligibility requirements as stated in section 4 of the Guidelines (including):  
  • have been nominated for the NCP Scholarship Program by their Home University;
  • be an Australian citizen;
  • not be a current citizen or permanent resident of their Primary Location or any Secondary Location;
  • be enrolled, until completion of all Study Components, in at least one Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree unit at an on-shore campus of an Australian University;
  • be undertaking, until completion of all Study Components, at least one Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree;
  • completion of Study Components must be approved for academic credit towards the student's course at the home institution; 
  • be between 18 and 28 years of age (inclusive) on 1 January 2022;
  • have achieved a minimum 70 per cent graded average or equivalent for their undergraduate course at the time of Application, as determined by the nominating Home University; and
  • not be a previous recipient of a Scholarship under the NCP Scholarship Program.
In addition, the University of Sydney requires applicants to:
  • have successfully completed a minimum of 48 credit points in their current course prior to applying for the NCP Scholarship Program;
  • have a minimum of 24 credit points remaining to complete in their University of Sydney course in the Scholarship year (2022) with a preference for students with the flexibility to complete the Study Component in either Semester 2, 2022 or Semester 1, 2023.

Students need to commence their NCP Scholarship program between 1 January 2022 and before 15 December 2022, and:
  • 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; 
  • may also incorporate Language Training in an official language of the Host Location for a period of up to six months.  
Where applicants are similarly meritorious at both the application and interview stages, preference is given to applicants proposing longer period of study and/or an internship/mentorship and/or longer periods of language training.

Study can be undertaken at one of the University of Sydney’s Exchange Partner universities or another university/location on a non-exchange basis.

Students who intend to study at an Exchange Partner university must also complete the Semester Exchange Program application in the relevant round. Application for the Semester Exchange Program in the equivalent of Semester 1, 2022 will close on 9 July 2021 and Semester 2, 2021 will close in December 2021.

New Colombo Plan Scholarship information sessions will be held on:
Date Time Platform Link
Tuesday, 29 June 1 pm TBC
Wednesday, 30 June 12 noon TBC
Friday, 2 July 11 am TBC

Applications for the University of Sydney internal selection process close:  Monday, 12 July 2021 at 5:00pm

Interviews will take place for short-listed candidates between 20 - 22 & 27 July 2021.  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.

The University of Sydney will then select the ten applicants who best articulated an understanding of the NCP strategic objectives and how they can personally contribute to these if selected as a 2022 NCP Scholar. These ten students will then be directed to complete a Police Check before proceeding to the Australian Government application round which opens on 4 August and closes on 24 August 2021. Students will be notified of the outcome of their Scholarship application in November 2021.

2022 New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship Program - Advice to applicants

The 2022 New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship Program Guidelines provide information on the 2022 round including eligibility requirements, assessment criteria and how funding will be allocated to successful applicants.

You must read the Guidelines on GrantConnect (GO ID: GO4845) before completing an application. You can set up a log-in (email address) and password in order to access the most recent version of all documents available on GrantConnect.
  • NCP Scholarship Program Guidelines 2022 round.pdf
  • Sample NCP Scholarship Agreement 2022 round.pdf
In the application, you will be asked to address four main criterion.
  1. Academic excellence at the tertiary level
  2. Leadership and engagement in the community
  3. Adaptability and resilience
  4. Ability to contribute to the NCP strategic objectives and outcomes

*NCP scholarship programs cannot proceed in a Host Location or region within a host location for which the Smartraveller advice is 'Do not travel' or 'Reconsider your need to travel' (see section 5.5 of the Guidelines). It is anticipated that many host locations will still be listed as 'Do not travel' during the application period due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel. Some locations were already set at 'Do not travel' prior to COVID-19 due to the risk to safety. Applicants may propose programs for travel to 'Do not travel' locations, but are strongly discouraged from proposing programs in a Host Location, or region within a Host Location, for which Smartraveller recommends 'Do not travel' for reasons in addition to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel. This distinction is made clear in Smartraveller. Travel cannot proceed to such locations if that travel advice remains in place at the proposed time of departure.