New Colombo Plan Scholarships
The New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship Program involves a highly competitive student application process where Monash University selects up to 15 students who will be nominated to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for their consideration. The 2024 scholarship program provides 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 commencing on or between 1 January 2024 and 15 December 2024.
The NCP, launched in 2014, aims to lift knowledge in Australia of the Indo-Pacific by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region. The strategic objective of the NCP is to strengthen Australia’s regional standing by building a diverse cohort of Australian alumni with deeper Indo-Pacific knowledge, capability and connections. The intended outcomes of the NCP are:
- increased number and diversity of Australian university undergraduates with Indo-Pacific capability;
- deeper people-to-people and institutional relationships between Australia and the Indo-Pacific, and
- students and alumni connected with leaders in government, business and civil society in the Indo-Pacific.
Submissions to Monash Abroad are due by Monday 17th of July, 11:59PM. Please submit your application here. You must sign in with Google using your @student.monash.edu email address to have access to the form.
Click here to view Monash Abroad's NCP Scholarship Assessment Rubric.
To be eligible for a Scholarship, and to remain eligible during the Scholarship Program if a Scholarship is awarded, Applicants must:
- be nominated for the NCP Scholarship Program by their Home university (see Section 4.2)
- be an Australian citizen
- not be a current citizen or permanent resident of their proposed host location(s)
- be enrolled in and undertaking, until completion of all study components of the NCP Scholarship Program, at least one Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree at an Australian campus of an Australian university. (If a Scholar concludes their home degree requirements upon the completion of the mandatory study component of their NCP Scholarship Program, they may apply to DFAT for approval to continue to undertake any remaining component(s) of their NCP Scholarship Program. This will be considered on a case by case basis.)
- be between 18 and 30 years of age (inclusive) for non-Indigenous applicants, or between 18 and 35 years of age (inclusive) for Indigenous applicants, on 1 January 2023
- 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 an NCP Scholarship, and
- not be an employee of the branch of DFAT that administers the NCP
Scholars must continue to meet these Eligibility requirements during the term of their Scholarship.
Monash can nominate up to 15 students for this prestigious scholarship program. Any interested students are strongly encouraged to attend the online information session on 6 July which will answer many of the common questions about the program.
Students will submit a written application to Monash Abroad, including personal statement responses and two proposed destination countries. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview at Monash Abroad. The outcomes of these interviews will determine which students will be nominated to DFAT.
Submissions to Monash Abroad are due by Monday 17th of July, 11:59PM. Please submit your application here. You must log in with your @student.monash.edu email address to have access to the form.
The 40 eligible Host Locations span South Asia, South East Asia, North Asia and a number of locations across the Pacific. Monash has at least 1 exchange partnership within all bolded countries:
Eligible Host Locations
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Korea
Federated States of Micronesia