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
  • Practicums
  • Clinical placements
  • Internships
  • Language acquisition
  • Short-term research.

Host Locations

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

Brunei Darussalam
Cook Islands
Federated States of Micronesia
French Polynesia
Hong Kong SAR
Marshall Islands
New Caledonia
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Korea
Solomon Islands
Sri Lanka


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.

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.

Semester Grants

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

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

13 February 2017

Applications Open

1 May 2017

Applications Close


2 May to 8 May


Applications assessed and ranked by UoN selection committee

9 May to 18 May

Preparing applications for admission to DFAT

19 May

Applications submitted to DFAT

June to August

Applications assessed and reviewed by DFAT

August 2017

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.

Application Process

Under the 2018 round, Applicants must submit one application per Mobility Project.

Complete the University of Newcastle New Colombo Plan Mobility Application Form and return by email to by Monday 1 May 2017.

If you have any questions or require additional support to complete the application process, please contact Djoeke van Loon on 0249217131 or email

Further Information

2018 New Colombo Plan Mobility Program Guidelines

UON Contact:
Djoeke van Loon, Manager Mobility and Scholarships
Phone: 02 4921 7131