New Colombo Plan Scholarships
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
An NCP scholarship can provide Scholars with:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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).
Applicants will be assessed on the following criteria, in written applications and performance at interview:
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
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
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:
- Which universities on the Exchange Partners webpage are located in my preferred country?
- Does the location have courses in my degree?
- 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.