New Colombo Plan Scholarships

The New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program involves a highly competitive student application process where Monash University selects up to 10 students who will be nominated to the Department of Education and Training for their consideration.
The 2020 scholarship program provides up to 120 prestigious scholarships in Australia, to support high-achieving students to undertake a semester (or year-long) exchange or study abroad program at a higher education institution commence between 1 January 2020 and 15 December 2020.
"The New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program provides opportunities for Australian undergraduate students to undertake semester-based study and internships or mentorships in 40 participating Indo-Pacific locations."
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

Application timeline

Expression of Interest due for submission to Monash Abroad

30 April 2019

Monash Abroad InterviewWeek of 27 May 2019
Monash Nomination to DFAT11 June 2019
Nominated students online application16 July – 14 August 2019
(application close at 11.59pm)
Applications are shortlisted and notifiedSeptember 2019

DFAT Interview – held in Canberra Interview panel for each destination

September – October 2019
Selections are finalised, all successful and unsuccessful applicants are notifiedNovember 2019
Scholars are announced, details are publishedDecember 2019
Scholars commence their Scholarship Programs 1 January – 15 December 2020

Information Session

An information session for prospective NCP Scholarship applicants was held on Tuesday 9 April.

You can view a recording of the session here: