The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program
The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program 2018
The New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Program provides funding for Australian universities and consortia to provide grants to students to participate in semester based or short term study, internships, mentorships, practicums and research in 40 host locations across the Indo-Pacific region.
In the 2018 funding round, approximately $40 million in funding is available for Australian universities to support students to become engaged within the Indo-Pacific region.
The grant is available to current Australian undergraduates aged 18-28 at Australian universities, with capacity to include some students aged over 28. Academics or other staff are required to apply for the Mobility Grants as project leader and the selection of students will occur once funding has been confirmed.
What is a Mobility Project?
Mobility Projects can include one or more of the following:
- Semester-based study
- Short-term study/projects
- Clinical placements
- Language acquisition
- Short-term research.
Mobility Projects may be conducted in the following 40 eligible Indo-Pacific Host Locations:
Federated States of Micronesia
Hong Kong SAR
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Korea
A Student participating in a Mobility Project must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- be an Australian citizen. Students cannot receive a Student Grant to undertake a Mobility Project in a Host Location in which they have dual citizenship or residency rights
- be enrolled in an on-shore campus of an Australian University throughout the duration of the Mobility Project
- be undertaking a Bachelor Degree (level 7) or Bachelor Honours Degree (level 8) as defined by the Australian Qualifications Framework at the commencement of their Mobility Project.
At least 70 per cent of Students participating in any given Mobility Project must be aged 18 to 28 inclusive at the commencement of their Mobility Project. Up to 30 per cent of Students may be over the age of 28. Students under the age of 18 cannot participate in any Mobility Project.
2018 Priorities and Changes
In the 2018 round the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program’s strategic objectives are to:
- support more study experiences in as many Indo-Pacific locations as possible
- fund innovative Mobility Projects that facilitate increased student mobility to the region and new or strengthened partnerships between universities and other organisations
- encourage a substantial number of Students to undertake longer-term study, in-country language study and Internships
- encourage private sector collaboration and sponsorship of the Program
- engage New Colombo Plan Students, universities, and other stakeholders in public diplomacy and outreach
Up to 25 per cent of total funding available under the 2018 round may be directed towards Multi-year Mobility Projects undertaken between 1 January 2018 and 30 June 2021. The remainder of the funding will be directed to Single-term Mobility Projects (undertaken between 1 January 2018 and 30 June 2019). For multi-year projects that fall outside the 25 per cent funding cap, the first term of the project will be considered alongside other single-term mobility projects.
The Program will prioritise funding of Mobility Projects that entail significant private sector in-kind support or financial sponsorship (beyond provision of Internships or Mentorships) to support universities to strengthen collaboration with the private sector in increasing student mobility to the Indo-Pacific.
Short-term Grants enable Students to participate in Mobility Projects in an eligible primary Host Location that:
- are a minimum of two weeks (14 days) in duration, and
- provide course credit/ count towards the requirements for the Australian course of study in which the student is enrolled.
A Short-term Grant provides between $1000 and $3000 per Student.
Semester Grants enable Students to participate in Mobility Projects that:
- entail full-time study overseas for a semester as defined by the host institution
- provide credit/count towards the course requirements for the Australian course of study
A Semester Grant provides between $3000 and $7000 per Student.
Internship Grants are available for semester-based Mobility Projects that include an Internship component in addition to semester-based study. Additional course credit can be applied at the discretion of the Home Institution, but is not required. An Internship Grant will provide $1000 per Student (which is in addition to a Semester Grant).
The Applicant may apply for administration funding for each Mobility Project, calculated at 10 per cent of total Student Grants sought for that project. Administration funding can be used for administration purposes such as staff travel associated with Mobility Project management.
Application and Selection Process
University of Newcastle Timeline
13 February 2017
1 May 2017
2 May to 8 May
Applications assessed and ranked by UoN selection committee
9 May to 18 May
Preparing applications for admission to DFAT
Applications submitted to DFAT
June to August
Applications assessed and reviewed by DFAT
Applicants notified of outcomes and offers made to successful Applicants
1 January 2018 to 30 June 2019
Students participating in a Single-term Mobility Project may commence their study between these dates.
Under the 2018 round, Applicants must submit one application per Mobility Project.
If you have any questions or require additional support to complete the application process, please contact Djoeke van Loon on 0249217131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Djoeke van Loon, Manager Mobility and Scholarships
Phone: 02 4921 7131