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 Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for their consideration. The 2023 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 commencing on or between 1 January 2023 and 15 December 2023.
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.
|Expression of Interest due for submission to Monash Abroad|
19 June 2022
|Monash Abroad Interviews (in-person)||4 - 8 July 2022|
|Monash Nomination to DFAT||19 July 2022|
|Nominated students online application||20 July - 16 August 2022|
(applications close at 11:30pm AEST)
|Deadline to submit exchange/ISA application for Semester 1, 2023 in MAP||31 May 2022|
|Deadline to submit exchange/ISA application for Semester 2, 2023 in MAP||15 October 2022|
DFAT Interview for shortlisted students
|Candidates notified of outcomes||Late October - early November 2022|
|Scholars commence their Scholarship Programs||1 January 2022 – 15 December 2023|
Register with your Monash email for the live Webinar taking place on Wednesday, the 1st of June at 12pm - 1:30pm to learn more about the New Colombo Plan Scholarship and the application process.
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 10 students for this prestigious scholarship program.
Monash Abroad invites eligible students to submit an “Expression of Interest” by Sunday 19 June 2022 via the online form provided.
Applicants are required to respond to four selection criteria as outlined in the 2023 NCP Scholarship Program Guidelines. You are encouraged to seek advice from Monash Career Connect to help you better articulate your responses. Please also refer to the Tips for Writing Your NCP EOI Application before commencing your application.
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by Monash Abroad for an interview, and then Monash will nominate the successful applicants to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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