The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study up to one academic year and undertake Internships in the region. The Program provides opportunities for Australian undergraduate students aged 18-28, to undertake study, participate in Internship/Mentorship opportunities and receive language training in an eligible Host Location in the Indo-Pacific region. In 2021 the Program will provide up to 120 prestigious Scholarships.
To be eligible for this scholarship you must:
All applicants will be required to complete an expression of interest form. Applications will be assessed by a panel and up to 10 students will be nominated to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
At a minimum, a Scholarship Program must include a study component. The other possible elements can be undertaken concurrently or one after the other, in any order. A Scholarship Program must be between 3 and 19 months in duration, and commence between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021. Programs must be full-time throughout their entire duration. Full-time study is as-defined by the Home University; a full-time Internship is at least 22 hours per week; full-time language training is at least 15 contact hours per week. Where short gaps between Program components are unavoidable, a gap lasting no longer than four weeks may be approved on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who have already commenced or will commence a study abroad or exchange program overseas prior to 1 January 2021 are not eligible to apply for a Scholarship to continue that study.
“The experience of travel, language and independence greatly expanded my perspective.”
ECU has a strong relationship with the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST), so I had previously been invited there on a 2015 study tour. Being familiar with its facilities and location, as well as ECU’s rapport with USST, made it any easy choice for my Australian Government New Colombo Plan Scholarship.
My studies abroad led me to a three month long 'artist in residence' internship with the Chinese European Art Center (CEAC). I lived and worked on the island city of Xiamen where I was provided with accommodation and a studio space. Situated right by the beach in a beautiful district, I was close to many cultural sites including temples, markets, museums and galleries. While in residence I travelled all over Xiamen, as well as outside the island, to take part in art projects organised by people I had meet through CEAC. Apart from all the networking opportunities this residency gave me, the greatest professional experience was the solo exhibition I had at CEAC's main gallery at the conclusion of my program.
I am now exploring the opportunity to take my artworks into the Chinese market.
Harrison Waed See
ECU Visual Arts student
A Scholarship will provide Scholars with:
Before completing an Expression of Interest form students are strongly encouraged to read the 2021 NCP Scholarships Program Guidelines and advice to applicants for all the information regarding this scholarship, the processes and requirements.
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