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New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship
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Program Terms: NCP
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New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship 2018

The New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program supports Australian undergraduates to study and intern in the Indo-Pacific region. This prestigious and highly competitive program will provide around 120 to 150 scholarships in 2018 to strengthen Australia’s connections with the region. Applicants need to develop a study and internship plan for a time period with a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 19 months, with a study component of at least one semester/trimester, and not more than 1 academic year. Study must be undertaken at a local university in the host country, and study must be approved by the University of Melbourne as academic credit towards the home degree. Further information is available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. 


  • You must be an Australian citizen.
  • You cannot undertake your scholarship in a host location in which you hold dual citizenship or permanent residency; or in which you have previously been a citizen or permanent resident.
  • You must have at least 1 semester of full-time study remaining in your University of Melbourne Bachelor or Honours Degree at the time of commencement of the program
  • You must remain enrolled full-time at the University of Melbourne during your New Colombo Plan Scholarship.
  • You must be between 18 and 28 years of age on 1 January 2018.
  • You must be undertaking a Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree when the scholarship program commences.
  • You must have a minimum grade average of 70% at the time of application to DFAT, which will include grades for Semester 1, 2017. If you are borderline or under this grade, you will not be nominated.
  • You must have completed at least one year of study at the time of application

NCP recipients for 2017

How to apply:

Round 1: University of Melbourne selection process

  • Attend an NCP Scholarship Information Session. Register here.
  • Submit your application, via the "Apply Now" button above, by 14th May, 2017. If you wish to study overseas in Semester 1, 2018 at an exchange partner in the Indo-Pacific region, you will also need to complete an application for student exchange by the 28th of May, 2017.
  • Applications will be assessed by a committee of academic and professional University staff. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview as part of the selection process. Applicants will be notified by 29th July, 2017.
All successful applicants will be required to undergo a police check. A criminal record will not automatically disqualify an applicant from receiving a Scholarship. However, if a successful applicant is found to have a criminal record or conviction then the Department of Education and Training, in consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, may revoke or refuse to grant a Scholarship.

Tips for applying
  • Use your student login to start the application.
  • You may enter information on each questionnaire and use the "Save" button to keep your information until you are ready to submit it. Please note that your application questionnaire is not considered complete and cannot be reviewed until you click the "Submit" button to finalize your responses.
  • If you find it easier, you can construct your responses to the DFAT criteria in a word document and then copy and paste your responses into the questionnaire. This will also allow you to keep track of the word count, which is 300 words for each DFAT criteria.

Round 2: DFAT selection process

  • The University of Melbourne will nominate successful candidates to DFAT and a formal NCP Scholarship application will be due on 31th August, 2017.
  • Global Leadership and Employability will work with nominated students to support them through the application process.
  • A DFAT panel will undertake final selections, and short-listed candidates will be required to attend a face-to-face interview. NCP Scholars will be announced in December 2017.

Got questions?

You can email jasmine.lim [at] with any questions you have about the 2018 New Colombo Plan Scholarship.

Follow instructions on the page to apply for this study abroad program.