The Australian Government's New Colombo Plan Scholarship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Australian undergraduates to study, live and intern in the Indo-Pacific region.
“Our country will benefit enormously from having young ambassadors from Australia who have an understanding of and an insight into the region that only comes from living and studying and working there.”
- Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP
UniSC's first NCP scholar (2014), Tess Harwood, shares how her NCP experience in Indonesia enabled her to access a diversity of opportunities that she draws on in her career.
Transform your future career
The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which involves a prestigious scholarship to provide Australian undergraduate students with the opportunity of a lifetime, deepening your Indo-Pacific knowledge, capability and connections, whilst counting towards your degree.
An NCP Scholarship is much more than a student exchange program.
It’s an opportunity to build your employability, create global connections, and set yourself apart, not just as a high-performing student, but as an emerging leader with experience in the region in which Australia’s future prosperity is tied.
Alongside a study component at a host university, a feature of the NCP is the opportunity to undertake one or more internships and the ability to learn the local language of your destination. You’ll network and build connections with leaders in government, business and civil society, and deepen your knowledge of the region. Knowledge and experience you will take into your future career.
After you return to Australia, your NCP experience doesn’t end. You’ll join the active NCP alumni community to support future scholars, promote the NCP and continue to develop knowledge of, and professional links with, the Indo-Pacific.
2023 Key dates
||Submit your interest for the NCP Program
|15 June - 22 June
||Attend an Information Session - information will be sent to eligible students who have registered their interest
||NCP Scholarship - formal Expression of Interest (EOI) deadline
||Eligible students invited to submit a USC internal written application
||USC nominates students to progress to the DFAT-administered selection process
||DFAT selection process closes
|Shortlisted applicants attend an interview
||Announcement of 2023 NCP Scholars
Submit your interest now via the link below. UniSC's Global Mobility team will be in touch to advise you of the next steps and information sessions in early June.
Attend an Information Session - NCP Scholarship round 2023:
Read about experiences of UniSC previous NCP Scholarship recipients and the intended travel and internships for our 2020 NCP recipients.
Any questions? Email us at email@example.com
Travel to any host location will be subject to the Australian Government's Smartraveller travel advice at the time of travel.
About the NCP Scholarship Program
The NCP Scholarship Program provides around 120 Scholarships annually to a diverse range of Australian undergraduates studying a range of disciplines in up to 40 Indo-Pacific locations.
Scholars are encouraged to undertake study, Language Training and an Internship and/or Mentorship for up to 19 months.
An NCP Scholarship can provide recipients with:
- a monthly living allowance of $2,500 for the duration of your program (up to 19 months)
- Travel allowance up to $2,500
- Establishment allowance up to $2,500
- Tuition fees up to $20,000 maximum (for fee-paying students)
- Health and travel insurance for the duration of the scholar’s program
- Support for language training up to $10,000
- Mental health allowance
- A dedicated case manager for the duration of the scholar’s program
To be eligible to apply for an NCP scholarship, applicants should meet the following criteria:
- Australian citizen
- be between 18 and 30 years of age (inclusive) for non-Indigenous applicants, or between 18
and 35 years of age (inclusive) for Indigenous applicants, on 1 January 2023
- GPA 6 or higher
- Enrolled in an undergraduate or honours program at USC
- Nominated by USC
Applicants may choose to undertake the NCP scholarship program in the following eligible host locations.
Federated States of Micronesia
Hong Kong SAR
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Korea
For more general information on the NCP Scholarship program, visit the DFAT website.