The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program

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The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program 2020

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Program provides funding opportunities for Australian universities and consortia to provide grants to Australian undergraduate 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 2020 funding round, approximately $28.7 million in funding is available for Australian universities to support students engaged in the Indo-Pacific region. Projects that support long term study, short term projects of more than 6 weeks in duration, internships, language acquisition and that attract private sector in-kind or financial sponsorship will be prioritised. Multi-year funding will be available for mobility projects that may be delivered for up to three years.

The program is open to Australian undergraduates aged 18-28 at Australian universities, with capacity to include some students aged over 28.

What is a Mobility Project?

Mobility Projects can include one or more of the following:

  • Semester-based study
  • Short-term study
  • Practicums
  • Clinical placements
  • Internships and mentorships
  • Short-term research.
  • Study Tours

Host Locations

Mobility Projects may be conducted in the following 40 eligible Indo-Pacific Host 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
 
Vietnam

Eligibility

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.

2020 Priorities and Changes

In the 2020 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
  • enable a diverse range of Australian undergraduates to develop a greater understanding of the Indo-Pacific region and build people to people links
  • continue to develop an active alumni community for students to share their experiences, promote the New Colombo Plan and continue to develop knowledge of and professional links within the Indo-pacific region

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 2020 and 30 June 2023. The remainder of the funding will be directed to Single-term Mobility Projects (undertaken between 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2021). 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.

Program Funding

Short-term Grants

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.

Short-term Grants

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 Grant

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 Grant

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).

Administration Funding

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

Under the 2020 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 Debbie Choi on 4921 2097 or email mobilityscholarships@newcastle.edu.au

STAGE 1 - Expression of Interest (EOI)

5th March 

EOI Open (click here to access form)

5th March - 1st April

EOI submitted and reviewed

EOIs will be accepted after 1 April, however to allow sufficient time to complete the application form, it is advised to follow the suggested time frame.

STAGE 2 - Application

From 19th March

Applications open and Link to application form online provided

30th April

Applications Close

STAGE 3 - Submission

1st May to 10th May

Applications assessed and ranked by UON selection committee

13th May to 15th May

UON Global preparing applications for admission to DFAT

16th May

Applications submitted to DFAT

May to August

Applications assessed and reviewed by DFAT

STAGE 4 - Outcome

August 2020

Applicants notified of outcomes and offers made to successful Applicants

1 January 2020 to 30 June 2021

Students participating in a Single-term Mobility Project may commence their study between these dates.

Further Information

2020 New Colombo Plan Mobility Program Guidelines

New Colombo Plan Mobility Toolkit

UON Contact:
Debbie Choi, Manager Mobility and Scholarships
Phone: 02 4921 2097
Email: mobilityscholarships@newcastle.edu.au