Australian Mobility Grants for Students
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:
Some projects are currently open for application. Depending on the project, students normally apply directly to the faculties/departments coordinating the successful projects for a place on the study programs. Selection criteria apply.
Students experiences under the New Colombo Plan can be found on the blog.
Applications are currently open for some of the following projects. Please note only Australian residents are eligible. Other eligibility criteria may also apply for various projects eg: only for undergraduates, age limits, etc.
- 2016 New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program - Now Open till 14 May
- 2014 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants – Tranche 2 – Indonesia
- 2015 Australian Mobility Grants
- 2016 New Colombo Plan Mobility Program - Opening October 2015
Under the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program in 2016, 100 New Colombo Plan scholarships for Australian undergraduates will be awarded. Studies should be for least one study period (semester) and up to a full academic year with an Internship/Mentorship component strongly encouraged. This scholarship can be used by students applying to an exchange partner University at any of the 38 eligible Host Locations across the Indo-Pacific region in 2016 or for students arranging their own independent study abroad at a non-exchange partner university in Indo-Pacific region for at least one semester.
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.
In 2015, the University of Sydney won 7 New Colombo Plan Scholarships out of our nominated 10 students. Two of these were the top-ranked students in their host country and designated as New Colombo Plan Fellows at the official award Ceremony hosted by the Hon. Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs..
Applications are now open for these prestigious awards. Before submitting an application, it is critical that you read the 2016 New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program Guidelines to understand the program, eligibilty requirements, selection criteria, obligations and responsibilities.
You must first register your interest before submitting the official application form:
- Register online by the 14th May.
- Download both the 2016 New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program Application Form and the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program Referee's Report by 28th May and email the completed forms to .
- Expect to have a WAM of 80% average or better for their undergraduate course by the end of semester 1, 2015;
- Be an Australian citizen (dual citizenship students must be going to a third country);
- Be between 18 and 28 (inclusive) years of age as at 1 January 2015;
- Be an enrolled Undergraduate student who must have completed at least one year of their Bachelor or Bachelor Honours Degree; and
- Plan to receive academic credit from their overseas study towards their University of Sydney course.
In addition, the applicant's proposed Scholarship program must:
- Be a full-time study program (for which they will receive full credit);
- Commence overseas between 1 January 2016 and before 31 December 2016; and
- Intend incorporating an internship/mentorship component of up to 6 months in duration, for which credit may be granted, although this is not mandatory. (applicants who do incorporate internship plans will be favourably considered)
Please note, extremely competitive destinations in the last round were China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore. The Government intends to spead their scholarships across as many of their host locations in the Indo-Pacific as possible so you may wish to consider this in your strategy to increase your potential success.
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The University of Sydney will conduct a highly competitive internal selection process before submitted the top 10 candidates as New Colombo Plan Scholarship nominees to the Government. The Government undertakes a highly competitive external selection process before determining the final recipients.
We expect internal University of Sydney interviews to be conducted on the 29th and 30th of June.
A wide variety of programs offered around Indonesia include:
Rural-Urban Migration Interdisciplinary Fieldschool
Geography Semester Immersion (Placements Allocated)
Transport Interdisciplinary Fieldschool (Placements Allocated)
Architecture Workshop (Placements Allocated)
Medicine Clinical Placement (Placements Allocated)
Veterinary Science Mentorship (Placements Allocated)
Law Fieldschool (Placements Allocated)
Expression of interest
Each successful candidate could receive up to $4,000 to put towards the cost of the program, travel and incidental costs. If you are interested in participating in this program, please click here to complete the form. Please note that places are limited and your faculty will make the final decision regarding your eligibility to participate.
The following projects were successfully funded under the 2015 Australian Mobility funding rounds. Some are still open for application and you are encouraged to contact the referenced faculty/department for application information. any have their own application processes listed on their websites.
Applications for University wide projects are managed by and are only available to students who have applied for the International Exchange Program.
If you have any questions, you may contact.
Please note that places are limited for all projects and each coordinating department will make the final decision regarding your eligibility to participate.
Please note that you are only permitted to access New Colombo Plan funding once.
|Coordinating Faculty/Division||Mobility Program Type||Project Titles||Country/ies||Dates|
|Agriculture & Environment||Semester based||2015 NCP Japan 13697 - Hokkaido Agriculture Internship Program||Japan||Aug – Nov 2015|
|Arts & Social Sciences||Short-term study||2015 ABST Eastern Asian Languages 12942 (1)||China||Jun-Dec 2015|
|Arts & Social Sciences (Bachelor of International & Global Studies)||Semester based||2015 NCP People's Republic of China 13834 - Semester Exchange for Bachelor of International and Global Studies||China||Jul 2015 - Jul 2016|
|Business||Short-term study||2015 ABST Business Management 13034 (6)||Vietnam||Jun – Jul 2015|
|Business||Short-term study||2015 ABST International Business 13060 (9)||Hong Kong||Dec 2014 – Feb 2015|
|Business||Short-term study||2015 STMP Business Management 13176 (3)||France||Jun - Aug 2015|
|Dentistry||Short-term study||2015 ABST Dentistry 13039 (7)||Japan & Cambodia||Dec 2014 – Jan 2015|
|Dentistry||Short-term study||2015 STMP Dentistry 13175 (2)||Vanuatu||Jan-Jul 2015|
|Education & Social Work||Short-term study||2015 ABST Teacher Education: Secondary 13197 (4)||Indonesia||Jun – Jul 2015|
|Education & Social Work||Short-term study||2015 NCP Indonesia 13868 - Investigating social work in Indonesia: Australian social workers developing personal and professional understandings of own and others’ practices||Indonesia||Nov - Dec 2015|
|Health Sciences||Short-term study||2015 ABST Community Health 13024 (5)||Cambodia, India, Nepal & Vietnam||Nov 2014 – Feb 2015|
|Law||Short-term study||2015 ABST Law, n.e.c. 13169 (8)||Nepal||Jan-15|
|Medicine||Short-term study||2015 ABST Community Health 12963 (3)||Timor Leste, Philippines & Vietnam||Nov 2014 – Mar 2015|
|SSEAC Sydney Southeast Asia Centre||Semester based||2015 ABSEM Policy Studies 13052 (1)||Indonesia||Jul 2015 – Jul 2016|
|SSEAC Sydney Southeast Asia Centre||Short-term study||2015 STMP Mixed Field Programmes, n.e.c. 13174 (1)||Cambodia||42005|
|SSEAC Sydney Southeast Asia Centre - Arts and Social Science (Indonesian Studies, Sociology), Medicine, Science (Biology)||Short-term study||2015 NCP Indonesia 13868 - SSEAC Interdisciplinary Field School: Educating Health Consumers on the use of Traditional Medicines||Indonesia||Dec 2015|
|SSEAC Sydney Southeast Asia Centre - Agriculture and Environment, Arts and Social Science (Social Policy), Science (Geosciences), Veterinary Science||Short-term study||2015 NCP Laos 13872 - SSEAC Interdisciplinary Field School: Rural Livelihoods and Food Security in Laos||Laos||Jul 2015|
|SSEAC Sydney Southeast Asia Centre - Arts and Social Science (Indonesian Studies, Sociology, Media and Communications), Business||Short-term study||2015 NCP Indonesia 13868 - SSEAC Interdisciplinary Field School: Cultural Industries in Central Java||Indonesia||Jul 2015|
|Sydney Medical School||Clinical Placement||2015 NCP Japan 13697 - Sydney Medical School Clinical Placement||Japan||Dec 2015 – Mar 2016|
|United States Studies Centre (Arts and Social Sciences; Business)||Short-term study||2015 NCP People's Republic of China 13834 - Shanghai Study Abroad Program||China||Jun - Jul 2015|
|University Wide (Sydney Abroad)||Semester based||2015 ECKSEP People's Republic of China 13143 (1)||China||Jul 2015 – Jul 2016|
|University Wide (Sydney Abroad)||Semester based||2015 ISEP Germany 13145 (1)||Germany||Jul 2015 – Jul 2016|
|University Wide (Sydney Abroad)||Semester based||2015 ISEP Denmark 13147 (3)||Denmark||Jul 2015 – Jul 2016|
|Veterinary Science||Short-term study||2015 ABST Veterinary Science 12948 (2)||Laos||Dec 2014 – Dec 2015|
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 from approximately October 2015 for programs that commence in Summer 2015/2016.
If you are interested in studying overseas and are seeking funding for this, please refer to the following available funding options. These range from $1,000 to $10,00.
- Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Asian Exchange Scholarships
- International Exchange Program Scholarships
- Faculty Exchange Scholarships
- ECKSEP Endeavour Cheung Kong Student Exchange Program Mobility Subsidies (China only) - contact the for information
- ISEP International Student Exchange Program Mobility Subsidy (Denmark only) - contact the for information
- ISEP International Student Exchange Program Mobility Subsidy (Germany only) - contact the for information
- Scholarship Office Exchange Scholarships
- OS-HELP Loan Scheme - HELP loan added to your HECS-HELP debt