Undergraduate scholarships up to AU$67,000. Undertake study, plus an internship or mentorship, in the Indo-Pacific.

New Colombo Plan Scholarships

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Your future could be even brighter…

Are you one of tomorrow's global leaders? The New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship Program is a signature initiative of the Australian Government, supporting Australia's best undergraduate students to undertake international study and an internship/mentorship in the Indo-Pacific region. It's the most lucrative and prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the country, and the University of Newcastle is committed to helping you to apply. This information should be read alongside the 2017 NCP Scholarship Program Guidelines

Scholarship benefits

An NCP scholarship can provide Scholars with:

  • a travel allowance of $2,500
  • an establishment allowance of $2,500
  • a monthly stipend of $2,500
  • health and travel insurance for the duration of the overseas Scholarship Program
  • a dedicated case manager for the duration of the Scholarship Program who provides services including pre-departure briefings, advice on health and travel insurance, advice and assistance relating to accommodation, and payment of allowances.

Where relevant, Scholars are encouraged to undertake language training as part of the Scholarship Program, with the Scholarship including payment of in-country language training fees up to $1,500.

Where a Scholar will be studying abroad as a fee paying international student (where there is no exchange agreement in place between Newcastle and the Host Institution), the Scholarship will provide payment of up to one Academic Year's international tuition fees to a maximum of $20,000.

New Colombo Fellows (the top-ranked Scholar in each location) will receive an additional $1,000 to purchase study materials for use during the Scholarship Program.

Selected Destinations

Scholarship Programs can be conducted in the following 38 eligible Indo-Pacific Host Locations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Burma, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Nauru, Nepal, 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 component

  • The study component must be full-time and face-to-face for at least one Study Period (semester) and up to one full   Academic Year in duration.
  • Scholars must receive full credit for their study program.

Internship/Mentorship component

Favourable consideration during the selection process will be given to those applicants proposing to undertake an Internship and/or Mentorship, before, during, or after the Study component.

Language training

All Scholars are eligible for support to undertake language training as part of their Scholarship Program. Where relevant, favourable consideration during the selection process will be given to those applicants seeking language training.


To be eligible, applicants for the NCP Scholarship must:

  • be an Australian citizen. Applicants cannot undertake the Scholarship in a Host Location in which they hold dual citizenship or permanent residency; or in which they havev previously been a citizen or permanent resident.
  • be enrolled at the University of Newcastle and enrolled in units during the application process.
  • be aged between 18 and 28 years (inclusive) on 1 January 2017.
  • be undertaking a Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree, at the commencement of the Scholarship Program
  • have achieved a minimum 70 per cent graded average or equivalent for their undergraduate course to date at the time of application.

Successful applicants are not permitted to commence another Australian Government funded off-shore Scholarship Program or mobility grant (including a NCP Mobility Program grant while undertaking the NCP Scholarship Program).

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be assessed on the following criteria, in written applications and performance at interview:

  • Grade point average achieved in tertiary studies and ungraded academic achievements including academic awards and commendations at tertiary level (40% weighting)
  • Demonstrated leadership in community, including volunteer and not-for-profit roles (30% weighting)
  • Ability to adapt and demonstrate resilience in new and challenging environments (15% weighting)
  • Ability to contribute to New Colombo Plan goals through the Scholarship Program (15% weighting)

Application and Selection Process

Round One - UoN selection process

To apply for an NCP scholarship, you must first apply to UoN between Monday 18 April and Sunday 22 May 2016.

Applications will be assessed and shortlisted by a panel of UoN staff. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by Wednesday 15 June 2016.

See the application guidelines below for information on putting together your application.

Round Two - DFAT selection process

If your Round One application is successful, you will be recommended to DFAT for consideration and you will receive application guidance. Round Two applications close at 11.59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Wednesday 31 August 2016. UON Global will liaise with short-listed candidates about how to best frame their applications.

The final selection process will be administered by DFAT, and shortlisted applicants will attend a face-to-face interview with a panel during September and October 2016. All successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the outcome of the DFAT selection process in November 2016.

UoN Timeline - 2016

18 April

Applications Open

22 May

Applications Close

23 May to 15 June

Applications assessed and students notified

15 June  – 24 June

UoN nominates provisional candidates to the Australian Government

1 August to 31 August

Nominated students receive application guidance and an invitation to complete an online application form. Applicants complete their application and gather supporting documentation

31 August

Applications close at 11.59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)


Applications are shortlisted and shortlisted applicants are notified

September  to October

Shortlisted applicants are interviewed


Selections are finalised and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Education and Training are notified of selection outcomes. All successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified of the outcome of their application


Details of successful Scholars published on NCP website, as per Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines requirements

1 January to 31 December 2017

Successful Scholars leave for their Scholarship Program

How to Apply

Please fill out the following University of Newcastle Expression of Interest by Sunday 22 May 2016.

Before submitting your expression of interest, please read through the New Colombo Plan Guidelines

To complete the UoN NCP Scholarship Application, you will be required to provide personal information and answers to the following questions:

  • Your preferred overseas study destination.
  • The type of internship / mentorship you would like to undertake.
  • Selection Criteria 1: Academic excellence at the tertiary level (40% weighting)

Assessment of this criterion relates to a) your graded average achieved in tertiary studies, and b) ungraded academic achievements, such as academic awards and commendations, publications or other examples .

  • Selection Criteria 2: Leadership in the community (30% weighting)

Please outline your demonstrated leadership in the local community.
You may consider including roles within the university (eg. member of student club), within your local community (eg. sporting; not for profit; religious; or arts organisations) or overseas (eg. volunteering or not for profit work).

  • Selection Criteria 3: Adaptability and Resilience (15% weighting)

Assessment of this criterion relates to your potential to adapt to change, thrive in a different environment, and demonstrate resilience in the face of challenges.

  • Selection Criteria 4: Ability to contribute to New Colombo Plan goals (15% weighting)

Assessment of this criterion relates to your understanding of NCP objectives, and how you, and your proposed Scholarship Program, would contribute to NCP goals.

It is advised that you draft responses to the above questions, prior to continuing.

Tips on selecting a study location

When searching for a suitable study location the following factors should be considered:

  1. Which universities on the Exchange Partners webpage are located in my preferred country?
  2. Does the location have courses in my degree?
  3. Are the courses taught in English?

Locations not listed on our exchange partner's website are not excluded. If there is another location you would like to study, please write the location down on the expression of interest.

If you would like further advice about overseas study or locations, you are welcome to visit the UON Global Office during Consultation Times or Contact Us.