Applications for the 2021 round are now closed. Check back in early 2021 for information on how to apply for 2022 and check out UniSA’s NCP Scholars for 2021 here.

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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 $87,500, 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 / region
  •  Scholarship program is for 1-2 semesters of study, plus an optional Internship of up to 6 months and/or optional language training of up to 6 months (max. total duration of 19 months).
  •  Choose one of 40 possible destination counties in the Indo-pacific region.
  •  Eligible if you are an Australian citizen, are aged 18-28 years as at 1 January 2021, and have a GPA over 6.0.
  •  Must commence scholarship after 1 January 2021 and before 15 December 2021
  •  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 four scholarships for 2020, three for 2019, one for 2018, three for 2017, six for 2016, three for 2015 and one for 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.

The 2021 study destinations are: 

Brunei Darussalam 
China, Republic of 
Cook Islands 
Federated States of Micronesia 
French Polynesia 
Hong Kong SAR

Marshall Islands 
New Caledonia 

Papua New Guinea
Republic of Korea Samoa
Solomon Islands
Sri Lanka
Taiwan ROC


For more information on our NCP Scholarship and Fellow awardees, please visit our
NCP Scholarship winners page, and the 2020 Media release,   2019 Media release, 2018 Media release, 2016 Media release2015 Media release, 2014 Media release pages

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

For more information please email 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 (25 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 (20 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 (25 per cent weighting)

    Assessment of this criterion will relate to the applicant’s understanding of the New Colombo Plan Strategic Objectives and outcomes, and how the applicant and their proposed Scholarship Program would contribute to the New Colombo Plan Strategic Objectives and outcomes, including on return to Australia.

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