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2020 New Colombo Plan Scholarships Round

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Close Date & Time:
21-Aug-2019 11:30 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Co-sponsored with:
Department of Education, Skills and Employment
Internal Reference ID:
2020 New Colombo Plan Scholarships Round
Primary Category:
371004 - Public Diplomacy
Secondary Category:
191002 - Higher Education
Publish Date:
Selection Process:
Targeted or Restricted Competitive


The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is a signature initiative of the Australian Government, which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the region.

The NCP Scholarship Program objectives are to: 

  • provide around 120 prestigious and highly-competitive Scholarships to a diverse range of Australian undergraduates studying a breadth of disciplines;

  • support more study experiences in a broad range of Indo-Pacific locations;

  • encourage Scholars to undertake longer term study, language study and an Internship and/or Mentorship;

  • engage Scholars, Australian Universities and other stakeholders in public diplomacy and outreach; and

  • continue to develop an active Scholar alumni community for previous Scholars to share their experiences, promote the NCP and continue to develop knowledge of and professional links with the Indo-Pacific region.



To be eligible for a New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship, and to remain eligible during the Scholarship Program if a Scholarship is awarded, applicants must:  

  • have been nominated for the NCP Scholarship Program by their Home University;

  • be an Australian citizen;

  • not be a current or previous citizen or permanent resident of their Primary Location or any Secondary Location;

  • be enrolled, until completion of all Study Components, in at least one Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree unit at an on-shore campus of an Australian University;

  • be undertaking, until completion of all Study Components, at least one Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree;

  • be between 18 and 28 years of age (inclusive) on 1 January 2020;

  • have achieved a minimum 70 per cent graded average or equivalent for their undergraduate course at the time of Application, as determined by the nominating Home University; and

  • not be a previous recipient of a Scholarship under the NCP Scholarship Program.
Instructions for Application Submission:


During the nomination period, Australian Universities nominate students as candidates via the New Colombo Plan Online website. The nomination must be completed by the nomination closing date. 

Following the closing of the nomination period, the application period will open. The nominated students will receive an invitation to complete an online application form. The application must be completed by the application closing date. 


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