University Travelling Scholarships

Faculty Travelling Scholarships

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program

Funded by the Australian Government, the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program (NCPSP) provides opportunities for high-achieving Australian undergraduate students, between 18 and 28 years of age (inclusive), to undertake study, participate in an Internship and/or Mentorship opportunities and receive Language Training in eligible Host Location(s) in the Indo-Pacific. The Program also encourages students to participate in community engagement and advocacy in relation to the New Colombo Plan.


In 2019, the New Colombo Plan will support Australian undergraduates to live, work and study in up to 40 locations across the Indo-Pacific region. Up to 120 scholarships are expected to be awarded for study in 2019.

Scholarship Programs can be conducted in the following 40 Indo-Pacific Host Locations:

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

While there are no caps on the number of scholarships awarded per host location, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will seek to ensure a spread across host locations. In 2018, the locations for which the greatest numbers of applications were received were Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, China and Indonesia.

Selection process

Each year, the University of Sydney conducts a highly competitive internal selection process before nominating our top 10 candidates to the Australian Government.

The Australian Government then undertakes a rigorous external selection process, including interviews with senior Government and industry representatives, before determining the final recipients.

In 2018, 8 of our 10 candidates were accepted.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, applicants for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship must:

  • be an Australian citizen. Applicants cannot undertake their Scholarship in a Host Location in which they hold dual citizenship or permanent residency; or in which they have previously been a citizen or permanent resident.
  • be enrolled in units at an on-shore campus of an Australian University during the application process and have successfully completed a minimum of 48 credit points in their current course.
  • be between 18 and 28 years of age (inclusive) on 1 January 2019.
  • be undertaking at least one Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree when the Scholarship Program commences (2019).
  • have achieved a minimum 70 per cent graded average or equivalent for their undergraduate course at the time of application.
  • not be a previous recipient of a New Colombo Plan Scholarship.

In addition, in relation to the applicant's proposed scholarship program:

  • study duration must equate to a minimum of 24 credit points at the University of Sydney and be for academic credit.
  • study can be undertaken at one of The University of Sydney’s Exchange partner universities or another university on a Non-Exchange basis.
  • students who intend to study at an Exchange partner university should also complete the Semester Exchange Program application in the relevant round. Application for the Semester Exchange Program in the equivalent of Semester 1, 2019 is currently open and closes on 15 June 2018.
  • students need to commence overseas study from 1 January 2019 and before 31 December 2019.
  • may also incorporate an internship and/or mentorship component of up to six months in duration. Internships and mentorships are strongly encouraged where host location visa requirements permit this.
How to apply

Before applying, student are strongly encouraged to read the full New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program Guidelines 2019 and Advice to applicants to understand the program objectives, eligibility requirements, selection criteria, obligations and responsibilities.

Go to the Global Mobility Database and click on the link in the left-hand menu for the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program. Applications for the University of Sydney internal application process close: Friday, 8 June 2018, 11:59pm.

The application also requires students to obtain two academic referee’s reports on the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program Referee's Report form. Referees can e-mail the referee’s report direct to by Friday 8 June 2018.

Interviews will take place for short-listed candidates on the 13th & 14th June 2018. Please keep these dates open in your diary. In the case that you are shortlisted for interview, you will be contacted with your specific interview day, time and location.

A New Colombo Plan Scholarship information session will be held on:

Date Time  Room
Tuesday 29 May 4pm - 5pm New Law School Lecture Theatre 104