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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:
Program Terms: Calendar Year,
Semester 1,
Semester 2,
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Academic Requirement:
70% WAM or above Program Type: Scholarship
Program Description:
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 through the NCP Scholarship to any one student is A$67,000 over 17 months (12 months of study and associated internship). Successful Scholarship recipients will also have access to range of overseas internships.

If you are considering applying for the 2019 NCP Scholarship, or considering it for future years, it is strongly recommended you attend our NCP Scholarship Information Session on April 10th, 13:00-14:00 in Blakers Lecture Theatre MATH:[G18]. 

To be considered for this scholarship students must:
  • Be undertaking a study abroad/exchange in the Indo-Pacific.
    • See section 3.2, here, for the full list of eligible locations.
    • 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. You should speak to your allocated Course Advice Office about any overseas study plans, to ensure it can fit in your degree.
  • Have a UWA average of at least 70%.
  • Be an Australian citizen aged between 18 and 28 years on 1 January 2019.
  • Be an Australian citizen electing to study in a country where you do not hold citizenship.
  • Be enrolled in a Bachelor's level program (including honours), during the overseas study period.
Selection Criteria:
  • Academic excellence, both graded and ungraded achievements (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).

Need help with the NCP application? New Colombo Plan Applications should be treated like a job application - the UWA Careers Centre can assist you to prepare a professional application based on your goals. You can register for one of their selection criteria workshops or schedule an appointment with a Careers Adviser through CareerHub.

How to Apply:
The first step to be considered is to complete the online, internal UWA application, by clicking Apply Now now above. The deadline to submit this application is 11:59, Sunday 1st July, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Speak to your Course Advice Office about your plans for a overseas study semester before submitting your application to ensure you have room in your degree. 

UWA will consider all complete internal applications meeting the prerequisites and results of this application will be released in July. UWA will then nominate 10 successful candidates to the Australian Government. These candidates will submit a written application to the Australian Government in August. These will be assessed by the Government, and successful candidates will then have an interview with Canberra. Final decision on the NCP Scholarship recipients will then be made by the Government.

If you wish to be considered for an NCP nomination while undertaking the UWA Student Exchange Program in 2019, you will need to lodge a separate exchange application for the same period via Global Studio, here, with your intended host institution as your first preference. Applications for exchange in Semester 1, 2019, are open now and due July 6th. Applications for exchange in Semester 2, 2019, will open in August and be due December 7th.

Please contact if you have any questions about the scholarship.

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