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 2021 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 2021 and 15 December 2021.
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

29 May, 2020

Monash Abroad InterviewWeek of 15 June, 2020
Monash Nomination to DFAT21 July 2020
Nominated students online application22 July – 18 August 2020
(application close at 11.59pm)
Applications are shortlisted and notifiedSeptember 2020

DFAT Interview – held in Canberra Interview panel for each destination

September – October 2020
Selections are finalised, all successful and unsuccessful applicants are notifiedNovember 2020
Scholars are announced, details are publishedDecember 2020
Scholars commence their Scholarship Programs 1 January – 15 December 2021

Information Session

A brief information session for prospective 2021 NCP Scholarship applicants is available for viewing here. A copy of the slides for future reference are available here.