Register your interest in the New Colombo Plan Scholarship

If you are interested in studying overseas whilst contributing to developing Australia’s relationship with the Indo Pacific region, the New Colombo Plan could be for you.


New Colombo Plan Scholarships

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Expressions of interest is currently open

A unique opportunity to differentiate yourself with future employers and gain invaluable experience in the fastest growing and most exciting region of the world

  •  Value up to $67,000, including a $2,500 monthly allowance, health and travel insurance, a $2,500 travel allowance and $2,500 to set yourself up in your new country
  •  Scholarship program is for 1-2 semesters of study, plus an Internship of up to 6 months
  •  Choose one of 40 possible destination counties in the Indo-pacific region.
  •  Eligible if you are an Australian citizen, aged 18-28 years as at 1 January 2018, and have a GPA over 6.0.
  •  Must commence scholarship after 1 January 2018 and before 31 December 2018
  •  Full-time credit for overseas studies must be granted back into the relevant UniSA degree.

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarships are for the best and brightest students across Australia, and UniSA is pleased to have won three scholarships for 2017, six in 2016, three in 2015 and one in the pilot phase in 2014. To be invited by the Government to apply for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship you need to be nominated by UniSA. Complete an Expression of Interest now! This is an invaluable experience for proactive students aspiring to leadership in their field of expertise, providing opportunities to network with Australian and foreign government officials, executives of multinationals and academic leaders, combined with a journey of self-discovery in the Indo-Pacific.

For relevant Indo-Pacific destination countries, please see the UniSA NCP website.

For the 2017 Round, UniSA's three NCP Scholarship winners were Tristan Winters (B. Construction Management and Economics (Hons.)), who was the highest ranked student Australia wide for Malaysia, and was awarded as the New Colombo Plan Fellow for Malaysia in 2017. Tristan will be studying for one year at the University of Malaya, followed by an internship with a prominent construction firm in KL. Hannah Kemp (B. Business (Marketing) and B. Business (Tourism and Event Management)) will be travelling to Korea in 2017 to study at Sookmyung Women’s University and undertake an internship in the Tourism and Event Management industry in Korea. Kogo Fujiki (B. Journalism and B. International Studies) will be travelling to Fiji to study at the University of the South Pacific and is aiming to undertake an internship at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. 

UniSA’s six 2016 NCP Scholarship winners were Gemma Clancy (B. Management (Marketing), who is currently studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Michael Dyer (B. Environmental Sciences Hons.) will be travelling to Fiji to complete his Honours project at the Univesrity of the South Pacific; Thomas Englehardt (B. Journalism B. International Relations) will be studying at the University of Malaya; David Sidwell (B. Arts (Creative Writing and Communication)) is studying at Sogang University in South Korea; Georgia Johnson (B. Marketing and Communication) will also be studying at the University of Malaya and Lucinda Thurmer (B. Arts Arts (Media Management and Communication) will be studying at Chung Ang University Korea later in 2016.

For 2015, Michelle Howie (B. Engineering(Electronics & Communication)) was the top awardee Australia-wide for Korea and was awarded a New Colombo Plan Fellowship, she is currently doing an internship with Telstra after completing her studies at the prestigious science and technology university KAIST; Mitchell Francis (B. Construction Environmental Science) studied in Fiji during 2015 and did an internship with Nature Nifi. Nellie Blitz (B. International Relations) studied and undertook an internship in Hong Kong in 2014/2015. 

For more information please visit our 2016 Media release2015 Media release, 2014 Media release pages

To apply for this wonderful opportunity, please complete the Expression of Interest form.

Form more information please mail or visit the Department of Foreign Affairs New Colombo Plan website

Selection Criteria:

The following are the selection criteria against which applicants will be assessed, including their relative weighting. Applicants should address each criterion and limit their responses to 300 words per criterion. Applicants should use the guidance in the square brackets to inform their response.

  1. Academic excellence at the tertiary level (40 per cent weighting)

    Assessment of this criterion will relate to a) the applicant’s graded average achieved in tertiary studies, (at least a 6.0 GPA) and b) to ungraded academic achievements, such as academic awards and commendations, publications, or other examples of academic excellence at the tertiary level. The applicant’s communication skills, higher-order cognitive and critical thinking skills, and engagement in learning will also be assessed. High School academic achievements will not be considered.

  2. Leadership in the community (30 per cent weighting)

    Assessment of this criterion will relate to the applicant’s demonstrated leadership in the community, including volunteer and not-for-profit roles and/or activities they have undertaken in their local community, nationally, overseas and/or in their university.

  3. Adaptability and Resilience (15 per cent weighting)

    Assessment of this criterion will relate to the applicant’s potential to adapt to change, thrive in a different environment, and demonstrate resilience in the face of challenges.

  4. Ability to contribute to New Colombo Plan goals (15 per cent weighting)

    Assessment of this criterion will relate to the applicant’s understanding of New Colombo Plan objectives, and how the applicant and their proposed Scholarship Program would contribute to New Colombo Plan goals.

Seize the opportunity and complete an Expression of Interest now! Please contact UniSA International for any further queries, on

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