Internships, Grants and Scholarships

FASS students awarded the prestigious New Colombo Plan Scholarship

NCP scholarship recipient, Glenn Hanson

NCP scholarship recipient, Glenn Hanson with Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to announce that four of the seven University of Sydney students who were awarded the prestigious 2015 New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship are currently completing FASS degrees. These high achieving students will be studying at internationally renowned universities within Asia, and undertaking internships at a number of established organisations.

“The NCP will give me the chance to have an internship at a local Indonesian NGO called ‘Women's Solidarity’, and with this hands-on experience in the NGO sector, I'll have a lot of skills to bring back to Australia to continue working towards equality for women.” says Bachelor of International and Global Studies/Bachelor of Laws student and scholarship recipient, Bridget Harilaou.

The Commonwealth Government's $100 million New Colombo Plan (NCP) is an Australian Government initiative, which aims to expand knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia and strengthen institutional relationships in the region. It provides opportunities for Australian undergraduate students, to undertake study, participate in an Internship/Mentorship and receive intensive language training in an eligible Host Location in the Indo-Pacific region. The Program also encourages students to participate in community engagement and advocacy. New Colombo Plan Scholars can receive up to a maximum of AU$67,000.

NCP Scholarship recipient, Glenn Hanson, says the scholarship will help him pursue a career in diplomacy upon graduating from the Bachelor of Arts, “I will be studying for six months in Indonesia at the University of Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta where I will be undertaking principally Indonesian language, cultural, and religious studies. Afterward, I will be undertaking an internship with the Wahid institute in Jakarta, which works on maintaining and spreading Islamic values of peace and tolerance.”

In addition, the Faculty has been awarded $99,000 under the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program to assist up to 30 Bachelor of International and Global Studies (BIGS) students to complete their exchange requirement at one of our preferred partners in China in 2015 and 2016 as NCP Scholars.

BIGS Degree Director, Professor Vrasidas Karalis says “We are delighted by the Faculty’s success in securing these highly competitive mobility grants under the New Colombo Plan. Coinciding with the Dean’s signing of memoranda of understanding that secured preferred partnerships for BIGS exchange with both Fudan University and Peking University in October, this generous funding under the NCP will assist BIGS students to complete their exchange as New Colombo Scholars in China in 2015 and 2016 and increase the outbound mobility of our students in the region by up to 60% over the next two years. It’s an outstanding outcome that promises to enrich the student experience and further enhance the Faculty’s engagement with Asia.”

New Colombo Plan Scholarship recipients

From left to right: NCP scholarship recipients Bridget Harilaou, Glenn Hanson, Andrew Gaffney and Hannah John.

The NCP scholarship recipients currently completing a FASS degree are:

  • Bridget Harilaou (Bachelor of International and Global Studies and Bachelor of Laws) will study at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
  • Glenn Hanson (Bachelor of Arts) will study at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
  • Andrew Gaffney (Bachelor of International and Global Studies and Bachelor of Laws) will study at National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Hannah John (Bachelor of Arts) will study at Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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