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New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program - 2021 Round

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.

Important dates

Opens: 24-04-2020 Closes: 17-07-2020

Applies to

Domestic Undergraduate Coursework

At a glance

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen;
  • be a current ECU student;
  • be nominated by ECU (following the Expression of Interest process);
  • be enrolled in units at an on-shore campus of an Australian University during the application process;
  • be between 18 and 35 years of age (inclusive) on 1 January 2021
  • be undertaking at least one Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree when the Scholarship Program commences;
  • have completed at least one Semester at ECU at the time of applying;
  • have achieved a minimum 70 per cent graded average or equivalent for their undergraduate course at the time of application;
  • intend to undertake a Scholarship Program at one of the 40 Indo-Pacific Host Locations;
  • not be undertaking another Australian Government-funded off-shore scholarship at the commencement of, or concurrently with, the Scholarship Program; and
  • not already commenced or have planned to commence a study abroad or Exchange program.

Selection criteria

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.

Terms and conditions

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.

How to apply

Please complete the Expression of Interest Form and send this to by Monday 1st July.

Previous awardees

“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

About the scholarship

A Scholarship will provide Scholars with:

  • a travel allowance of $2,500
  • an establishment allowance of $2,500
  • a monthly stipend of $2,500
  • 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
  • where incurred, payment of in-country language training fees up to $1,500 will be made directly to the language-training provider.
  • where a Scholar will be studying abroad as a fee paying international student the Scholarship will provide:
    • payment of up to one Academic Year's international tuition fees to a maximum of $20,000 ($10,000 per semester or $6,666 per trimester); payable directly to the Host Institution (includes student service and amenities fees)
  • Scholars undertaking less than one month of full-time Language Training or part-time Language Training concurrent with another full-time program component, may have Language Training tuition fees paid up to a maximum of $1,500.
  • the combined cost of semester tuition fees and Language Training tuition fees must not exceed the $20,000 ($10,000 per semester or $6,666 per trimester) mentioned above.
  • For full information please see the 2021 New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarships Program Guidelines.

For more information

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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