New Colombo Plan

The New Colombo Plan 2014 pilot 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.

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

The 2015 Round will support approximately 60 scholarships and provide around $8 million in mobility grants for Australian undergraduate students.

New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant Information for Students – Tranche 2 – 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.

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

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.

Scholars receive up to $67,000 (including a stipend and travel costs).

Information for Academics: New Colombo Plan Mobility Program
Information now available or Faculties to nominate students for the New Colombo Plan Scholarship

In this round, approximately $8 million is available for Applicants to provide grants to Students to undertake (for up to one year) study, practicums, clinical placements, Internships/Mentorships and short-term research in the Indo-Pacific region and to support the development of international mobility opportunities at their institution.

Visit the New Colombo Plan website for more information.