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.

Application timeline

Expression of Interest due for submission to Monash Abroad

19 June 2022
(applications close at 11:59pm AEST)

Monash Abroad Interviews (in-person)4 - 8 July 2022
Monash Nomination to DFAT19 July 2022
Nominated students online application20 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 MAP15 October 2022

DFAT Interview for shortlisted students

September 2022
Candidates notified of outcomes Late October - early November 2022
Scholars commence their Scholarship Programs 1 January 2022 – 15 December 2023

Information Session

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.