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New Colombo Plan Scholarship application
Bandung, Indonesia; Beijing, China; Busan, South Korea; Chennai, India; Dalian, China; Denpasar, Indonesia; Guangzhou, China; Hangzhou, China; Harbin, China; Hefei, China; Hong Kong, China; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kobe, Japan; Kyoto, Japan; Nagoya, Japan; Nanjing, China; Nishinomiya, Japan; Oita, Japan; Okayama, Japan; Osaka, Japan; Penang, Malaysia; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Sanur, Bali, Indonesia; Seoul, South Korea; Shaanxi, China; Shanghai, China; Shenzhen, China; Singapore, Singapore; Suzhou, China; Tainan, Taiwan; Taipei, Taiwan; Tianjin, China; Tokyo, Japan; Various, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore; Xi'an, China; Xuzhou, China; Yogyakarta, Indonesia; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Calendar Year,
Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Split Year (2 sems)
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Academic Requirement: 70% WAM or above Program Type: Scholarship
Program Description:
New Colombo Plan

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo Pacific in Australia and strengthen people-to-people and institutional relationships, through study and internships undertaken by Australian undergraduate students in the region. Internships will be integral to the New Colombo Plan, with the aim of ensuring students are work ready, have professional connections in the region and can link their study experience directly to career opportunities.

The New Colombo Plan is intended to be transformational, deepening relationships with the region, both at the individual level and through expanding university, business and other stakeholder links. Over time, the Australian Government wants to see study in the Indo Pacific region become a “rite of passage” for Australian undergraduate students, and as an endeavour that is highly valued across the Australian community.

The Australian Government has announced $100 million of funding over five years for the New Colombo Plan.

The maximum funding available to any one student is A$67,000 over 17 months (12 months of study and associated internship).


To be considered for this scholarship:
-You must be undertaking a study abroad/exchange in the Indo pacific (full list of eligible countries here)
-You need a UWA average of 70%
-You must be an Australian citizen aged between 18 and 28 years on 1 January 2017
-You must be an Australian citizen electing to study in a country where you do not hold citizenship
-You must be in a Bachelor's level program (includes honours)
-Your exchange/study abroad program is one or two semesters in length and upon successful completion credit will be transferred back to your degree at UWA

Selection Criteria:
-Weighted average mark - student must have a minimum GPA of 70% (40% weighting)
-Leadership in community (30% weighting)
-Ability to adapt in new or changing environments and resilience (15% weighting)
-Ability to contribute to New Colombo Plan goals through the Scholarship Program (15% weighting)

Please apply by clicking the apply now button below.  UWA will consider all complete applications meeting the prerequisites and will nominate a selection of these to the government.

Need help with the NCP application?  New Colombo Plan Applications should be treated like a job application - and UWA Careers Centre can assist you to prepare a professional application based on your goals. Attend a selection criteria workshop and then book an appointment with a UWA Careers Advisor to have you application reviewed at:

Applications for 2017 have now closed. Applications for 2018 will open early 2017.