Australian Mobility Grants
The Australian Government encourages Australian students to immerse themselves into social and academic cultures of other countries and provides opportunities for international students to study in and experience Australia. The Government also seeks to support Australian higher education providers in further developing and diversifying their linkages with partner institutions overseas.
Each year there is a funding round for institutions to apply for various mobility grant schemes to support students undertaking credited short-term and semester-based study overseas. This funding is administered through Sydney Abroad on behalf of the University of Sydney.
These schemes include:
Rebadged under the Endeavour brand for 2016, the Endeavour Mobility Grants include the following four programs for University students:
- Asia Postgraduate Program (AB) - Study in Asia for postgraduate short-term and semester study placements (undergraduate Asiabound grants have been rolled into New Colombo Plan as of 2016)
- Study Overseas Short-Term Mobility Program (STMP) - Study globally outside of Asia for undergraduate and postgraduate short-term study and placements
- International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) - Study globally outside of Asia for undergraduate and postgraduate semester study and placements under formal student exchange partnership agreements
- Endeavour Cheung Kong Student Exchange Program (ECKSEP) - Study in select Asian countries (China and Hong Kong are priority) for undergraduate and postgraduate semester study and placements under formal student exchange partnership agreements
Successful Project Submission Outcomes
Under the 2015 Endeavour Mobility Grant programs, the University successfully won funding for 16 mobility projects. Student applications for some of our successful 2015 projects under the above schemes are still open until late 2015. Please refer to the Information for Students to find out more.
2016 Endeavour Mobility Grant Project Submission for Staff
Faculties will be invited to submit applications when the deadlines open, which is approximately April/May each year. Applications for 2016 project submissions will open shortly.
- Department of Education Endeavour Mobility Grants website
Introduced in 2014, the New Colombo Plan offers Australian undergraduates new opportunities for prestigious scholarships and mobility grants for study and internships/mentorships in the Indo Pacific region. The Australian Government hopes to see study in the Indo-Pacific region become a "rite of passage" for Australian undergraduate students, and as an endeavour that is highly valued across the Australian community linking study and work experience in the region to exciting career opportunities.
There are two streams of funding available - New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program (NCPSP) (for individual students nominated by home universities) and New Colombo Plan Mobility Program (NCPMP (for universities to requesting funding for mobility projects). Each year in March, the Government announces the new annual call for scholarship nominations under the NCPSP and for mobility project submissions under the NCPMP.
- Students experiences under the New Colombo Plan blog.
- University of Sydney Information for Academics: New Colombo Plan Mobility Program; and
- University of Sydney Information for Students
- Australian Government DFAT New Colombo Plan website.
Since the launch in 2014, the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program (NCPSP) the Government has supported approximately 100 New Colombo Plan Scholars and Fellows undertaking study or least one study period (semester) and up to a full academic year with an Internship/Mentorship component strongly encouraged. In in 2016, the number of New Colombo Plan Scholarships will be increased to 100.
The Scholarship Program aims to provide opportunities for high-achieving 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 in relation to the Program.
The scholarship provides students with up to $67,000 of funding including travel and establishment allowances, a monthly location stipend as well as health and travel insurance for the duration of their overseas Program. Scholarship Programs can be conducted any of the 38 eligible Host Locations across the Indo-Pacific region.
Each year, the University of Sydney conducts a highly competitive internal selection process before submitting our top 10 candidates as New Colombo Plan Scholarship nominees to the Government. The Government then undertakes a rigorous external selection process, including interviews with senior Government and industry representatives, before determining the final recipients.
The top candidates in each host location will be designated New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program (NCPSP) Fellows.
Under the 2015 New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program (NCPSP), the University of Sydney was delighted to have had 7 of our 10 nominated candidates win New Colombo Scholarships:
- David Coleman, Bachelor of Environmental Systems, Mahidol University, Thailand (Thailand NCPSP Fellow)
- Michaela Mei Dolk, Bachelor of Environmental Systems, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India
- Andrew Gaffney, Bachelor of International and Global Studies and Bachelor of Law, National University of Singapore, Singapore
- Glenn Alexander Hanson, Bachelor of Arts, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
- Bridget Ying Harilaou, Bachelor of International and Global Studies and Law, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
- Hannah John, Bachelor of Arts, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Cambodia NCPSP Fellow)
- Ming Jie Pan, Bachelor of Psychology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
We are now accepting applications from high achieving students for the 2016 New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship Program. Deadline to register interest is 14th May 2015.
The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program (NCPMP) provides mobility grants for University project submissions supporting undergraduate students to undertake semester or short-term mobility programs (short term study, practicums, clinical placements, internships/mentorships and short term research). The mobility study undertaken offshore must be credited or be a mandatory course requirement. Under the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program (NCPMP), the University has successfully won funding for the following mobility projects:
- 2014 NCPMP Tranche 1 Singapore 12058 for the 2014 Singapore Housing Field School which ran in June/July 2014.
- 2014 NCPMP Indonesia 11882 incorporating 7 projects in Indonesia. Some of these are still open for student expressions of interest until mid 2015. Please refer to the Information for Students to find out more.
- 2015 NCPMP funding for 8 projects across China, Japan, Indonesia and Laos supporting undergraduate semester-based and short-term study for a range of academic disciplines. Some of the 2015 NCPMP projects are still open for student expressions of interest until late 2015. Refer to the Information for Students to find out more.
The University of Sydney will shortly apply for 2016 NCP Mobility Program funding projects across a range of disciplines and countries. Successful outcomes will be known approximately August 2015. Students will be able to apply for grants under these projects for programs that commence in Summer 2015/2016.