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 project funds to support their students undertaking short-term and semester-based study overseas.

This funding is administered through International Services on behalf of the University of Sydney for the following programs:

Faculties will be invited to submit applications when the deadlines open, which is approximately June each year.

Applications for all 2015 programs have now closed.

New Colombo Plan


The New Colombo Plan was launched on 10 December 2013 by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP. The program is an Australian Government initiative, which aims to expand knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia and strengthen institutional relationships through study and internships undertaken by Australian undergraduates in the region. There are two streams of funding available - New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program (for individual students nominated by home universities) and New Colombo Plan Mobility Program (for universities to requesting funding for mobility projects).

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. The New Colombo Plan will encourage a genuine two-way flow of students with the region, increasing the number of Australian undergraduates heading to the region to complement the thousands of students from the region coming to Australia to study each year.

Based on the success of the 2014 pilot launch, the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program and the Mobility Program will be more widely-implemented across the Indo-Pacific in 2015 to include more than 30 host locations spanning South Asia, South East Asia, North Asia and a number of locations in the Pacific.

2014 Pilot Launch

New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program

Submissions for this program have closed.

New Colombo Plan Mobility Program

Submissions for Tranche 1 have closed and the project completed.

Tranche 1 – New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant Information for Students – SINGAPORE
Student experiences in Singapore - Coming Soon.

Submissions for Tranche 2 have closed. Individual mobility projects for which funding was granted may still be open for student expressions of interest.

Tranche 2 – New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant Information for Students – INDONESIA
The University of Sydney will be supporting additional students in a variety of outbound short-term mobility programs in Indonesia. Expressions of Interest now open.

2015 Launch

New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program

Submissions for this program have closed.

The 2015 Round will support approximately 60 scholarships and provide around $8 million in mobility grants for Australian undergraduate students. Scholars receive up to $67,000 (including a stipend and travel costs).Information for Students: New Colombo Plan Scholarship
Scholarship Applications for study commencing 2015 are open 8 - 17 August 2014.

The Scholarship Program provides 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.

New Colombo Plan Mobility Program

Applications have closed.

The NCP Mobility Program provides $8 million in 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.

Information for Academics: New Colombo Plan Mobility Program

Visit the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan website for more information.