Inbound students Study Abroad and Exchange at the University of Melbourne

New Colombo Plan Scholarship

The New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program supports Australian undergraduates to study and intern in the Indo-Pacific region. This prestigious and highly competitive program will provide around 120 -150 scholarships in 2018 to strengthen Australia’s connections with the region. Successful applicants will receive generous funding to support studying and living abroad for between 3 months and 19 months.


What does the NCP cover?

Depending on the successful candidate’s selected program in the Indo-Pacific, the NCP Scholarship can cover:
  • Travel allowance of up to $2,500
  • Establishment allowance of up to $2,500
  • Support for language training of up to $1,500
  • Monthly stipend of up to $2,500 to cover living costs in the host location
  • Tuition fees of up to $20,000, where scholars are studying as fee-paying students rather than as exchange students, paid directly to the Host Institution ($10,000 per semester or $6,666 per trimester)
  • Health and travel insurance
  • Dedicated case manager for the program
Successful candidates will participate in an awards ceremony, usually hosted by the Foreign Minister, and other official functions hosted by DFAT and the Australian Government in the host country.


What are the other benefits of being an NCP Scholar?

  • Expand your education
    Studying overseas provides the opportunity to experience a new education system and to learn about your major from a different perspective. You will return to Australia with a broader outlook on your academic area, possibly with new ideas for study, new aspirations for your future and greater motivation to achieve your goals.
  • Develop your understanding of our neighbouring region
    There is no better way to learn about a country than to live and learn in that country. Be a student and a resident, not a tourist. Become friends with the locals and learn about local issues through their eyes. Develop a lifelong interest in the Indo-Pacific region. Your NCP experience could be the start of a lifetime journey.
  • Career and professional development
    Studying, living and interning abroad can help you to develop your employability skills, like communication, self-confidence, working with different people, understanding other cultures, solving problems and teamwork.
  • Grow yourself
    One of the most highly reported benefits of living and studying abroad is personal development in areas like maturity, self-confidence and resilience. The NCP Scholarship program provides a supported environment for you to explore opportunities not available at home, to connect with local communities, and expand your mind through new discoveries about yourself and about the world.


To be eligible to apply, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade criteria, you must be an Australian citizen, aged between 18 and 28 (as at 1 January 2018), be in at least your second year of undergraduate study, and have an academic average of at least 70% (including results from Semester 1, 2017). See the New Colombo Plan website for more information.


How to apply

For more information about the application process and to submit an application, please click here. You can also attend a NCP Scholarship Information Session by registering here.


NCP Scholar Profiles

Click here to view the profiles of past Scholarship recipients.