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NCP logo2022 New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program

Applications for the 2022 New Colombo Plan Scholarship Round closed on Monday 12th July 2021.

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.*

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 Friday 9 July 2021 at 5pm and Semester 2, 2022 will close in December 2021.

2022 New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship Round Guidelines

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. Applicants should consider the Guidelines together with the Sample 2022 Scholarship Agreement available on GrantConnect. 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

Eligibility requirements as stated in section 4 of the Guidelines:
To be eligible for a Scholarship, and to remain eligible during their Scholarship program, an Applicant must:  
  • be nominated for the NCP Scholarship Program by their Home university
  • be an Australian citizen
  • not be a current citizen or permanent resident of their proposed host location(s)
  • be enrolled in and undertaking, until completion of all study components of the NCP Scholarship Program, at least one Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree at an Australian campus of an Australian university
  • be between 18 and 30 years of age (inclusive) for non-Indigenous applicants, or between 18 and 35 years of age (inclusive) for Indigenous applicants, 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
  • not be a previous recipient of an NCP Scholarship, and
  • not be an employee of the branch of DFAT that administers the NCP.
Scholars must continue to meet these Eligibility requirements during the term of their Scholarship.
Unless otherwise approved by DFAT, Scholars may not commence another offshore scholarship or mobility grant while undertaking their 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, and 
  • Study Components must be approved for academic credit towards the student's course at the University of Sydney.

Students need to commence their NCP Scholarship program on or between 1 January 2022 and 15 December 2022, and have a duration of between three and 19 months. Scholarship programs:
  • 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.
  • may also incorporate Language Training in an official language of the Host Location to a maximum of 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.

In addition, the following information is available on the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program webpage:
  • New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program 2022 - Round Advice to Applicants
  • Key changes to the 2022 Round
  • Lessons learned from previous rounds to assist applicants for the 2022 round
  • Frequently asked questions – NCP scholarship applications

2022 NCP Scholarship Information Sessions will be held on:
Date Time Platform Link
Tuesday, 29 June 1 pm Completed
Wednesday, 30 June 12 noon Completed
Friday, 2 July 11 am Completed
Deadline to Apply
Applications for the University of Sydney internal selection process close:  Monday, 12 July 2021 at 5:00pm

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

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.


*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.