The University of Newcastle, Australia

Applications open for student mobility grants

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

The Australia Government has announced the 2014/15 round of scholarship applications for outbound mobility. Staff are encouraged to submit applications for Faculty-led short-course programs, with approximately 3,700 grants available.

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UON has previously been very successful in gaining scholarships in this area. In 2013, a record number of students across all Faculties participated in outward mobility programs from UON, with a total of 720 students studying overseas either on short term experiences or semester exchange– an increase of 17.8% from 2012. 

The Faculty of Health and Medicine students were the most active with 210 students undertaking overseas experiences. In total 61 countries were visited highlighting the diversity of opportunities available to our students.

2014 is set to be even bigger. UON has already been successful in securing $496,000 in Government support for mobility programs, across 10 nations.

This includes initial funding from the Australian Government's signature initiative, the New Colombo Plan. This scheme aims to lift knowledge of the Indo Pacific in Australia, and to strengthen people-to-people and institutional relationships, through study and internships undertaken by Australian undergraduate students in the region.

The plan is now undergoing a pilot stage involving Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan and Singapore, before commencing in full for 2015, with the likely addition of South Korea and a number of other key countries. UON was successful in securing $18,000 of Tranche 1 of this pilot to support program participation to our partner Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2014. Tranche 2 allocations will be announced later this month.

If you would like more information, or support developing Faculty-led study tours,
please contact Nicole Latham, Manager, Student Experience and Community Engagement,
International Office on +61 2 4921 6617

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