Information for Students: New Colombo Plan Scholarships

Applications for 2015 New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program have now closed

Applications for 2015 New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program have now closed. The 2016 round of the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program will open sometime in mid 2015.

If you are interested in studying overseas in July semester 2015 and are seeking funding for this, please refer to the following available exchange funding options. These range from $1,000 to $10,00.

Overview of NCP Scholarships

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship is awarded to individually selected undergraduates partaking in quality education opportunities for one or two semesters in the Indo-Pacific region.

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.

Students must undertake a full-time study program for which they will receive full credit towards their University of Sydney Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree. Studies should be for least one study period (semester) and up to a full academic year with an Internship/Mentorship component strongly encouraged.

Scholarship Programs can be conducted in the following eligible Host Locations:

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

Elibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • have achieved 80% average or better for their undergraduate course to date;
  • 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
  • be awarded academic credit towards their University of Sydney degree;

In addition, the Applicant's proposed Scholarship program must be:

  • a full-time study program (for which they will receive full credit); and
  • commencing overseas between 1 January 2015 and before 31 December 2015
  • an internship/mentorship component of up to 6 months in duration, for which credit may be granted, is strongly encouraged

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be assessed against and must address each of the following criterion:

Demonstrated academic excellence (50% weighting)

Demonstrated Leadership in the local community (25% weighting)

Described how this experience will enhance own cultural awareness, employment potential, ability to operate in new and changing environments / Demonstrated an understanding of the NCP goals and how the proposed program contributes to these goals (25% weighting)

Meet the 2014 Scholars awarded inaugural scholarships by the Foreign Minister and Governor-General under the New Colombo Plan pilot program.

Additional Considerations

If applying for an NCP scholarship in conjunction with an exchange placement, nominated students will be prioritised for their preferred destination however, acceptance by host university is not guaranteed.

  • Students are encouraged to apply through the International Exchange Program to a University that has a direct student exchange partnership or formal arrangement (eg: ACICIS, Indonesia) with the University of Sydney. Formal arrangements streamline the application for study, student support and other services. Exchange partnerships currently exist in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
  • Students who wish to attend a university in the Indo-Pacific region with whom the University of Sydney does not have a partnership must contact your faculty to discuss potential credit arrangements before submitting an application.

Preference may be given for students who undertake a two semester study period, in addition to an internship/mentorship

To be considered by the Government to apply for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship, are first nominated formally by the University of Sydney.

Expression of Interest

If you would like to be considered for nomination by the University, complete the NCP Online Registration

In addition to completing the Online Registration, students must also submit the following forms by email by 5pm, Sunday, 17 August 2014:

Completed NCP Expression of Interest Form
Two (2) Referee Reports

Send by email to:
With Subject: “NCP Scholarship – STUDENT NAME (SID)"

Once submitted, you will be assessed against all other candidates and notified of the outcome. Shortlisted students will be interviewed by a selection panel on Monday 25th August (tentative)

Please note that this scholarship round is very short with the nominees determined by the end of August 2014. If you have any questions, attend the Information Session (details below) or contact:

International Exchange Program
International Services
Level 4, Jane Foss Russell Building (G02)
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
Phone: +61 2 8627 8322

Also visit the current New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program website for more information.

New Colombo Plan Scholarships Information Sessions








Chemistry Lecture Theatre 2




Chemistry Lecture Theatre 4




Chemistry Lecture Theatre 4

Timeline for Selection Process



4 August 2014

Program guidelines distributed to universities

17 August 2017

Deadline for Submitting Online Registration, Expressions of Interest and 2 Referee Reports

29 August 2014

Australian Universities nominate applicants via the online system

1 Sept – 26 Sept 2014

Nominated students receive application guide and an invitation to complete an online application form. Applicants complete their application and gather supporting documentation

26 Sept 2014

Applications close at 11.59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

October 2014

Applications are shortlisted and shortlisted applicants are notified

October  – November 2014

Shortlisted applicants are interviewed

November 2014

Selections are finalised and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Education are notified of selection outcomes


All successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified of the outcome of their application

December 2014

Details of successful Scholars published on website, as per Commonwealth Grant Guidelines requirements

1 January – 31 December 2015

Successful Scholars leave for their Scholarship Program

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