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  • Program Terms: NCP
  • Follow instructions on the page to apply for this study abroad program.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

2020 New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship

The New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program provides opportunities for Australian undergraduate students to undertake semester-based study and internships or mentorships in 40 participating Indo-Pacifico locations. 

This prestigious and highly competitive program will provide around 120 scholarships Australia-wide in 2020 to strengthen Australia’s connections with the region. Applicants need to develop a study and internship plan for a time period with a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 19 months, with a study component of at least one semester/trimester, and not more than one Academic Year, commencing on or between 1 January 2020 and 15 December 2020. 

Study must be undertaken at a local university in the host country, and study must be approved by The University of Melbourne as academic credit towards the home degree. Further information is available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. 


To be eligible for a Scholarship, and to remain eligible, you must: 
  • be an Australian citizen;
  • not be a current or previous citizen or permanent resident of your proposed host location(s);
  • have at least one semester of full-time study (at least 37.5 points) remaining in your University of Melbourne Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree at the time of commencement of the program;
  • remain enrolled full-time in a Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree at The University of Melbourne during your New Colombo Plan Scholarship
  • be between 18 and 28 years of age (inclusive) on 1 January 2020;
  • have achieved a minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70% at the time of application to DFAT, which will include results for Semester 1, 2019. If you are borderline or under this average, you will not be nominated; and
  • have completed at least one year of study at the time of application.

2019 UoM NCP Scholars

How to apply:

Round 1: The University of Melbourne Selection Process

All University of Melbourne nominees will be required to undergo a National Police Check. A criminal record will not automatically disqualify an applicant from receiving a Scholarship. If a successful applicant, however, is found to have a criminal record or conviction then the Australian Government, may revoke or refuse to grant a Scholarship. 
Tips for applying
  • Use your student login to start the application.
  • You may enter information on each questionnaire and use the "Save" button to keep your information until you are ready to submit it. Please note that your application questionnaire is not considered complete and cannot be reviewed until you click the "Submit" button to finalize your responses in each questionnaire.
  • To allow you to keep track of the word count, which is 300 words for each of the four Selection Criterion, construct your responses in a word document and then copy and paste your responses into the questionnaire.
  • Use the STAR model to answer each Selection Criterion. STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, and Result. You will need to use a real-life example to explain how you have actually demonstrated the skill. 
    • Situation: Describe the situation/environment you were in. Include context, details and time.
    • Task: Describe the event/task that required resolution or accomplishment.
    • Action: Describe what happened, including focusing on the actions YOU took. Focus on the 'why' as well as the 'what'.
    • Result: What happened? What did you accomplish? What did you learn? Think about relationship outcomes as well as task outcomes. 

Round 2: The Australian Government's Selection Process

  • The University of Melbourne will nominate ten successful candidates to the Australian Government.
  • The University of Melbourne nominees will receive an invitation to complete an online Application. Applicants are required to complete and submit their Application and supporting documentation by Wednesday 14 August 2019.
  • Global Learning, Student Success will work with nominated students to support them through the formal application process.
  • A panel of external assessors will assess and score Applications on the basis of the Selection Criteria weighting. 
  • Shortlisted Applicants will be advised that they are shortlisted and invited to attend a face-to-face interview between September - October 2019. 
  • Successful scholars will be notified and announced between November - December 2019. 

Do you have any questions about this?

You can email [at] with any questions you have about the 2020 New Colombo Plan Scholarship.

Follow instructions on the page to apply for this study abroad program.