New Colombo Plan Scholarship


Enrolment status Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Undergraduate, Honours
Study area All study areas
Scholarship value $2,500 monthly stipend plus other allowances
Scholarship duration 1 year
Opening date 23 June 2021
Closing date 16 July 2021


The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is an initiative of the Australian Government that aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia and strengthen our relationships through study and work placement in the region. The NCP Scholarship provides an opportunity for high achieving undergraduate students to undertake study, internships and language training in the Indo-Pacific region. 

Scholarship recipients must undertake a study program for at least one semester, or up to two semesters in duration, for which they will receive credit at their home university. The program also includes provision for relevant language studies and internship/ mentorship components.

Learn more about the program on the UQ New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program website.


To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen; not be a current citizen or permanent resident of their proposed host location(s)
  • be enrolled in and undertaking, until completion of all study components of the NCP Scholarship Program, at least one Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree at an Australian campus of an Australian university. (If a Scholar concludes their home degree requirements upon the completion of the mandatory study component of their NCP Scholarship Program, they may apply to DFAT for approval to continue to undertake any remaining component(s) of their NCP Scholarship Program. This will be considered on a case by case basis.)
  • 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 2022
  • have achieved a minimum 70 per cent graded average or equivalent for their undergraduate course at the time of application, as determined by the nominating Home university
  • not be a previous recipient of a New Colombo Plan Scholarship (may have received a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant)
  • not be an employee of the branch of DFAT that administers the NCP
  • commence their Scholarship program between 1 January 2022 and 15 December 2022 (based on DFAT travel advice)
  • Scholars must continue to meet these Eligibility requirements during the term of their Scholarship.


As students are required to provide their grade point average and demonstrate academic achievement at the tertiary level, applicants should have studied at the University of Queensland for a minimum of one semester before applying.

Applicants can not undertake their scholarship in a host location in which they have dual citizenship or residency rights, or in which they have previously been a citizen or permanent resident.




Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

Students must be nominated by their university to apply for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship.

To be considered for one of UQ's ten nomination places, complete the online expression of interest form by 16 July 2021.

Selection criteria

Learn more about the program, including guidelines and advice to applicants, on the UQ New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program website.

Applications are closed.

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