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
Faculties will be invited to submit applications when the deadlines open, which is approximately April each year. Applications for all 2015 programs have now closed.
Website - Department of Education - Endeavour Mobility Grants
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 (NCPSP) (for individual students nominated by home universities) and New Colombo Plan Mobility Program (NCPMP (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 was 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.
Students experiences under the New Colombo Plan can be found on the blog.
Website - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - New Colombo Plan
New Colombo Plan Mobility Program (NCPMP)
The University was successful under Tranche 1 of the NCPMP receiving funding for the Tranche 1 – New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant Information for Students – SINGAPORE. This project ran in June/July 2014.
The University was also successful under Tranche 2 of the NCPMP receiving funding for the
Tranche 2 – New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant Information for Students – INDONESIA. This project comprises several sub-projects. 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.
New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program
The 2015 round supported approximately 60 scholars around Australia and provide around $8 million in mobility grants for Australian undergraduate students. Scholars received up to $67,000 (including a stipend and travel costs).Information for Students: New Colombo Plan Scholarship
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.
After a rigorous internal and external selection process, the University of Sydney was delighted to have 7 outstanding New Colombo Scholars selected for 2015.
New Colombo Plan Mobility Program
In 2015, the NCP Mobility Program provided up to $10 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.
The University of Sydney was awarded funding for 8 succesful projects across China, Japan, Indonesia and Laos. More information for staff can be found at Information for Academics: New Colombo Plan Mobility Program.
Some of the 2015 NCPMP projects are still open for student expressions of interest until late 2015. Please refer to the Information for Students to find out more.
Visit the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan website for more information.