New Colombo Plan Scholarships

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The New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship Program is the most lucrative and prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the country. As a signature initiative of the Australian Government, it supports Australia's best undergraduate students to undertake a semester long international study experience, an internship/mentorship and language training for up to 19 months in the Indo-Pacific region.

Read an article about the 2018 Scholarship recipients here

If you would like further advice regarding the scholarship, please book an appointment with the Global Experience Team

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
  • Tuition fees up to $10,000 per semester for students studying at a non-partner university
  • In-country language training up to $10,000
  • health and travel insurance for the duration of the overseas Scholarship Program, including a $1000 mental health allowance
  • 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 Scholarship benefits

Scholarship Programs can be conducted in the following 40 eligible Indo-Pacific Host Locations:

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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.

Scholars can receive whole or partial credit towards a concurrent diploma.

Internship/Mentorship component

Internships enable scholars to have immersive work experiences relevant to their academic course and professional development. Internships can either be full time (between 22 – 38 hours per week) prior to or after the Study component or on a part time basis (concurrent with the Study component or full time language training component.

Mentorships may only be undertaken concurrently with a Study component, full time Internship component, or full time Language training.

Language training

All Scholars are eligible for support to undertake language training for a period of up to 6 months as part of their Scholarship Program. Language training must be undertaken in the same host location as a study component or full time internship component in an official language of the host location.

To be eligible, applicants for the NCP Scholarship must:

  • be an Australian citizen.
  • not be a current citizen or permanent resident of their proposed host location(s)
  • be enrolled at the University of Newcastle in a Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree
  • 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 to date at the time of application.

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

  • Academic excellence at the tertiary level (25 per cent weighting)
  • Leadership and engagement in the community (25 per cent weighting)
  • Adaptability and resilience (25 per cent weighting)
  • Ability to contribute to NCP’s strategic objective and outcomes (25 per cent weighting)

Round One - UON Application and Selection Process

To apply for an NCP scholarship, you must first apply to the University of Newcastle between Wednesday 23 June and Sunday 18 July 2021.

Applications will be assessed and 10 students shortlisted. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 23 July 2021.

See the full time line below.

Round Two - DFAT formal Application and Selection Process

If your Stage One application is successful, you will be recommended to DFAT for consideration and you will receive application guidance. Stage Two applications close at 11.30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on 24 August 2021. The Global Experience Team 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 2021. All successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the outcome of the DFAT selection process in November 2021.

Please complete the University of Newcastle Application and attend an Informal Interview. (see the University of Newcastle Timeline below for dates)

Before submitting your application, please read through the New Colombo Plan Guidelines and Advice to Applicants. You can book in an appointment HERE to meet with a Global Experience Officer to discuss your application / host locations.

You will be required to provide personal information, your preferred host locations* and answers to the following questions:

Academic excellence at the tertiary level (25 per cent weighting)

Assessment of this criterion will relate to the Applicant’s demonstrated higher order cognitive skills, creativity, innovation, communication skills, problem solving skills and critical thinking skills in their university study. Applicants may also draw on academic achievements such as academic awards and commendations, publications, or other examples of academic excellence at the tertiary level. High school academic achievements will not be considered.

Leadership and engagement in the community (25 per cent weighting)

Assessment of this criterion will relate to the Applicants demonstrated leadership in the community, including volunteer and not for profit roles and/or activities they have undertaken in their local community, nationally, overseas and/or in their university.

Adaptability and resilience (25 per cent weighting)

Assessment of this criterion will relate to the Applicants demonstrated ability to adapt to change, thrive in a different environment, and resilience in the face of challenges.

Ability to contribute to NCP’s strategic objective and outcomes (25 per cent weighting)

Assessment of this criterion will relate to the Applicants demonstrated understanding of the Strategic objective and Outcomes of the NCP program and how the Applicant and their proposed Scholarship program would contribute to the NCP Strategic objective and Outcomes, including on return to Australia.

* Your preferred host location is not final - If shortlisted, your location will be discussed with the Global Experience Team. Check out our current Exchange Partners HERE

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