New Colombo Plan Scholarship

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The New Colombo Plan Scholarship is a prestigious Australian Government program that provides opportunities for Australian undergraduate students to undertake a semester of study or an internship or mentorship in participating Indo-Pacific locations. For full details, visit the New Colombo Plan website.

Courses eligible

Any bachelor or honours degree.

Eligibility / selection criteria

Nominees must:

  • be an Australian citizen..
  • be enrolled in units at an on-shore campus of an Australian University during the application process.
  • be between 18 and 30 years (inclusive) for non-Indigenous Applicants, and between 18 and 35 years (inclusive) for Indigenous Applicants
  • be undertaking a Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree when the  Scholarship Program commences.
  • have achieved a minimum 70 per cent graded average or equivalent for their undergraduate course at the time of application.
  • not be a previous recipient of a New Colombo Plan Scholarship.

Full details of eligibility requirements can be found on the New Colombo Plan website.


The New Colombo Plan Scholarship includes:

  • tuition fees to cover the cost of study for up to one academic year (including student service and amenities fees), where scholars are studying as fee-paying international students, up to a maximum of $20,000 ($10,000 per semester or $6,666 per trimester). These fees are payable directly to the Host Institution. The Scholarship will only provide for international tuition fees if no current exchange agreement place is available between the Home University and the Host Institution.
  • language training tuition fees, where incurred, of up to $10,000. These fees are only for in-country language training and are payable directly to the language training provider.
  • a travel allowance of $2,500 to contribute to costs associated with the Scholar’s travel to and from the Host Location.
  • an establishment allowance of $2,500 to contribute to the costs associated with the Scholar settling into their Host Location.
  • a monthly stipend of $2,500 to contribute to the Scholar’s basic living costs in their Host Location.
  • a mental health allowance of $1,000 reimbursed to a Scholar to contribute to the cost of any mental health services.
  • health and travel insurance for the duration of their overseas Scholarship Program.
  • a dedicated case manager for the duration of their Scholarship Program who provides services including pre-departure briefings, advice on health and travel insurance, advice and assistance relating to accommodation, and payment of allowances.
  • New Colombo Plan Fellows (the top-ranked scholar in each location) will receive an additional benefit of $1,000 to purchase study materials for use during their Scholarship Program.

Scholarship benefits can be found on the New Colombo Plan website.

How to apply

Applications for the 2024 NCP Scholar Program are now closed. Please check back in early 2025 for information about the 2026 program. In the mean time, to learn more about the program please contact Swinburne Abroad via


Swinburne Abroad Office 
BA Building, Level 2, Atrium
Hawthorn VIC 3122