New Colombo Plan Scholarships Information for Students

New Colombo Plan Scholarship applications for Semester 2, 2015 have now closed.

The information currently provided will be updated when the next round is opened. Applications in the next round will most likely involve similar Eligibility Requirements but the countries in which programs are to be undertaken have yet to be confirmed.

Quick Facts

New Colombo Plan Scholarships are:

  • For high achieving students (70% or better) aged 18 – 28 years of age;
  • Valued at up to $67,000;
  • For study in Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia or Singapore of 1-2 semesters, usually undertaken as exchange studies (study must count towards your degree);
  • Include a mandatory internship component of up to 6 months;
  • For Australian citizens (dual citizenship students must be going to a third country); and
  • For enrolled undergraduate students in at least second year or in Honours.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

Demonstrated academic excellence (70% weighting)
[A 70 % graded average for your undergraduate course to date, also consider detailing academic awards at the tertiary level and/or university commendations.]

Demonstrated leadership in the local community (15% weighting)
[Applicants may consider including roles and/or activities in their university (for example: student residence committees; student clubs; or politics), their local community (for example: sporting; not-for-profit; religious; or arts organisations), or overseas (for example: volunteering; or not-for-profit work).]

The applicant describes how this experience enhances their cultural awareness, employment potential and their ability to operate in new and changing environments (15% weighting)
[Applicants may consider including how their resilience, flexibility and adaptability (particularly in different cultural contexts) will be enhanced and how they will develop relationships in the region and maintain them on their return].

Full details, eligibility requirements and FAQs are available from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at this website

To be invited by the Government to apply for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship you need to first be nominated by the University of Sydney.

Expression of Interest

If you would like to express interest in being considered for nomination by the University, an on-line form will be available when the next round is opened.

Visit the current New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program website for ore information.