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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 to undertake study, participate in an internship/mentorship and receive intensive language training in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Program also encourages students to participate in community engagement and advocacy in relation to the New Colombo Program.


The scholarship provides students with up to $67,000 of funding including host institution tuition fees where no current exchange agreement is in place, travel and establishment allowances, a monthly location stipend as well as health and travel insurance for the duration of their overseas Scholarship Program.

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.

Please note, extremely competitive host locations in the last round were Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and Japan. We would strongly encourage diversity when selecting your host locations.

Selection process

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

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

In 2017, six of our 10 nominations were accepted.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants for the 2018 NCP Scholarship program need to:

  • Expected to have at least a WAM of 70% average or better for their undergraduate course by the end of semester 1, 2017.
  • be an Australian citizen (dual citizens must be going to a third country)
  • be between 18 and 28 (inclusive) years of age at 1 January 2018
  • be an enrolled undergraduate student who has completed at least one year of their bachelor or honours degree, and
  • plan to transfer full academic credit from their overseas study towards their University of Sydney course.

In addition, the applicant's proposed scholarship program:

  • duration must be at least one study period as defined by the host institution (for which they will receive full-time academic credit)
  • needs to commence overseas between 1 January 2018 and before 31 December 2018, and
  • 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, you need to read the 2018 New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program Guidelines to understand the program, eligibility requirements, selection criteria, obligations and responsibilities.

Please register by Friday 9th Jun here (https://goo.gl/Jd4IhU).

Download both the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program Application Form and the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program Referee's Report and return the completed forms by email to by Friday 16th June 11.59p.m. Referees can e-mail the referee’s report direct to .

Applications will then be assessed and shortlisted for interview.

It is expected that interviews will be conducted in the week commencing 26th June 2017.

An NCP Scholarship information sessions will be held on:

Date Time  Room
Wednesday 24th May 12 noon - 1pm Carslaw 173

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The Frances Merenda Travelling Scholarship


This scholarship was established to support students who are spending a period of study in Italy.

Open to: Second or third year undergraduate students currently enrolled in Italian Studies major who are undertaking an approved exchange at an Italian university; or
  A postgraduate research student enrolled in Italian Studies, who intend to travel to Italy to pursue further language and cultural studies or to conduct research in a relevant area of study as part of studies.
Value: $4,000
Duration:  Tenable for 1 year
Open Date:  February 2018
Close Date: Closed for 2017
Conditions:  Read more