New Colombo Plan

New Colombo Plan Scholarships

"The New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program provides opportunities for Australian undergraduate students to undertake semester-based study and internships or mentorships in participating Indo-Pacific locations."

In this 2018 scholarship program approximately 120 to 150 Scholarships will be offered nationally to Australian university students proposing to undertake an international semester (or year-long) based program at a higher education institution commencing during 2018 across approx. 40 countries within the Indo-Pacific (the full listing is available in the program guidelines).

The New Colombo Plan aims to:

  • Lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting young Australians to study and undertake Internships in the region.
  • Deepen Australia's people-to-people and institutional relationships with the region, through the engagement of students, universities, businesses and other stakeholder networks in the Program
  • Establish study in the Indo-Pacific as a rite of passage for Australian undergraduate students, and as an endeavour that is highly valued by the Australian community
  • Increase the number of work-ready Australian graduates with regional experience

The information below supports Monash undergraduate students in nomination through an initial expression of interest to apply for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship. For further information visit DFAT

The following eligible Host Locations span South Asia, South East Asia, North Asia and a number of locations across the Pacific:

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

This prestigious Australian Government Scholarship will provide Scholars with:

  • tuition fees to cover the cost of study for up to one Academic Year (including student service and amenities fees), where Scholars are studying as fee-paying international students, up to a maximum of $20,000 ($10,000 per semester or $6,666 per trimester). These fees are payable directly to the Host Institution. The Scholarship will only provide for international tuition fees if no current exchange agreement place is available between the Home University and the Host Institution.
  • language training tuition fees, where incurred, of up to $1,500.  These fees are only for in-country language training and are payable directly to the language training provider.
  • a travel allowance of $2,500 to contribute to costs associated with the Scholar’s travel to and from the Host Location.
  • an establishment allowance of $2,500 to contribute to the costs associated with the Scholar settling into their Host Location.
  • a monthly stipend of $2,500 to contribute to the Scholar’s basic living costs in their Host Location.
  • health and travel insurance for the duration of their overseas Scholarship Program.
  • a dedicated Case Manager for the duration of their Scholarship Program who provides services including pre-departure briefings, advice on health and travel insurance, advice and assistance relating to accommodation, and payment of allowances.
  • New Colombo Plan Fellows (the top-ranked Scholar in each location and top ranked Indigenous Scholar) will receive an additional benefit of $1,000 to purchase study materials for use during their Scholarship Program.
  • Scholarships may be sponsored by Private Sector Organisations for the duration of the Scholar’s Scholarship Program. This may include in-kind benefits provided direct to the Scholars, such as training opportunities.

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

  • be nominated by their Home University.
  • 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.
  • be between 18 and 28 years of age (inclusive) on 1 January 2018.
  • be undertaking a Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree when the  Scholarship Program commences.
  • 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.
  • not be a previous recipient of a New Colombo Plan Scholarship.

Students should check full eligibility through further details and eligibility requirements, with FAQs available from DFAT. To be invited by the Government to apply for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship you need to be nominated by Monash.

Monash can nominate up to 10 students only in this program.
To express interest in being nominated by Monash, please complete the expression of interest by 5pm Sunday 4 June 2017 via the link.
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This expression of interest requires you to;

a)    Identify a destination country and institution for your international study program
b)    Respond to four selection criteria

Please note: No further information is required, requested or will be taken into consideration at this stage of the internal assessment. To assist you further, please read the Scholarship Program Guidelines 2018.

Your Initial application/statement of interest will be assessed and short-listed by Monash. Monash will then advise the successful 10 students to be recommended for consideration to DFAT. There will be a Policy Check in place before the final recommendation to DFAT. DFAT will then conduct the final selection process. A DFAT shortlisting panel will assess eligible candidates and invite candidates to prepare a full application and then issue invitations for face-to-face interviews held in Canberra. An interview panel will be convened for each destination.

Monash staff from a range of areas of expertise (faculty and central) will support the shortlisted group of 10 in the preparation of their final applications to DFAT and in preparation for the interview phase.

Further detailed description of the requirements for applicants, is included in the Scholarship Program Guidelines 2018.