New Colombo Plan Information for Students

New Colombo Plan Scholarships

Western Sydney University is committed to providing our students opportunities to gain an international study experience. The Australian Government New Colombo Plan (NCP) (opens in a new window) 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 and undertake Internships in the region. These prestigious Scholarships will be awarded to successful applicants for study in eligible host countries in the Indo-Pacific. These Scholarships cover expenses associated with travel, tuition fees, health and travel insurance. A monthly spending allowance is also included.

NCP Scholars will study in an approved program destination in the Indo-Pacific for up to a full academic year. In addition to this, the experience can include Internships or Mentorships of up to six months, and language study. Applicants should be available to commence studying overseas between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 for up to a maximum of two sessions (these may include Autumn session 2017/ Spring session 2017 and/or Autumn session 2018). Academic credit will be granted to successful applicants towards their degree.

Applicants are now being considered and will be contacted by Western Sydney International regarding the progress of their application. No further applications are being accepted for the 2017 program.

Eligible Asian Host Destinations for 2017

During 2017, Scholarship Programs can be conducted in the following 38 eligible Indo-Pacific Host Locations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Burma, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

For more information about exchange Partner Universities in India, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan please visit the Partner Universities page or email:

Scholarships will be awarded to successful applicants who study overseas for one or two academic semesters, for which they must receive credit at their Australian university. Scholarship programs can incorporate an internship or mentorship of up to six months; intensive in-country Asian language training for up to one month; and activities that share the scholar's experience of their program with other awardees and their community in the year following their return to Australia.


Applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen. Applicants can not undertake their Scholarship in a Host Location in which they have dual citizenship or residency rights; or in which they have previously been a citizen or permanent resident.
  • be enrolled in an on-shore campus of an Australian University at the time of application.
  • be aged from 18 to 28 (inclusive) as at 1 January in the year of the commencement of their Scholarship Program.
  • be undertaking a Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree, at the commencement of the Scholarship Program.
  • have achieved a minimum 5.0 grade point average for their undergraduate course to date.
  • have already successfully completed 30 credit points at the time of submitting their registration of interest
  • will be in their second year of study or will have successfully completed a minimum of 60 credit points at the commencement of the overseas scholarship
  • not be undertaking another Australian Government-funded off-shore scholarship at the commencement of, or concurrently with, the Scholarship Program.
  • not be a previous recipient of a New Colombo Plan Scholarship.

Additionally, the applicant's proposed Scholarship Program must:

  • be full-time. Students who are studying part-time in Australia are eligible to apply for a Scholarship, if they are in accordance with other eligibility requirements. However, while overseas, Scholars must undertake a full-time study program (for which they will receive full credit); and
  • commence between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016. Applicants who have already commenced or will commence a study abroad or exchange program overseas prior to 1 January 2016 are not eligible to apply for a Scholarship to continue that study.

Successful applicants are not allowed to commence another Australian Government funded off-shore Scholarship or mobility grant (including a New Colombo Plan Mobility Program grant) while holding a New Colombo Plan Scholarship.


A New Colombo Plan Scholarship may include a travel and establishment allowance, a monthly stipend, international tuition fees where applicable, and an Asian language training allowance. Students will be covered by health and travel insurance, and will be assisted by a dedicated service provider, for the duration of their scholarship.

The Scholarship will consist of:

  • 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.
  • New Colombo Plan Fellows (the top-ranked scholar in each location) will receive an additional benefit of $1,000 to purchase study materials for use during their Scholarship Program.

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 $12,000 ($10,000 per semester based or $6,666 per trimester-based Study Period); payable directly to the Host Institution (includes student service and amenities fees).

Selection Process

The Western Sydney University Global Mobility Office will nominate ten eligible students who may be shortlisted by the Government to apply for the 2017 New Colombo Plan Scholarship.

The Department of Education and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will select successful applicants from the nominated pool forwarded by Australian universities. If you are shortlisted you must be prepared to attend a face-to-face interview in Canberra in September/October 2016 (travel and accommodation costs will be covered to attend this interview).

Nominated applicants will need to address a number of selection criteria including:

  • Demonstrated 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, 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.

  • Demonstrated 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.

  • 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

  • Ability to contribute to New Colombo Plan goals through the Scholarship Program (15 per cent weighting)

Applicants will be asked to demonstrate their understanding of New Colombo Plan goals, and how their proposed Scholarship Program would contribute to their own future goals and the goals of the New Colombo Plan.

Expression of Interest

Expressions of interest have now closed. 

It is anticipated that the New Colombo Plan Scholarships will be will be highly competitive. It is advised that your draft responses to the Criteria in the previous section, prior to continuing with the Expression of Interest.

If you are selected by Western Sydney University, you will be required to complete an application form to the Australian Government in August. The following documentation will be required:
* evidence of Australian citizenship (certified copy of birth certificate, current passport or citizenship certificate)
* evidence of current enrolment at Western Sydney University
* a current, complete-to-date Academic Transcript from Western Sydney University

The Government will invite shortlisted applicants to Canberra for an interview in September/October 2016.

For more information contact the Western Sydney University Go Global Office:
Western Sydney International
T: (02) 9685 9272




29 June 2016 Western Sydney University student registrations of interest close

1 - 31 July 2016

Australian Universities nominate applicants via the New Colombo Plan Online website

3 - 31 August 2016

Nominated students receive application guidance and an invitation to complete an online application form. Applicants complete their application and gather supporting documentation

31 August 2016

Applications close at 11.59pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

September 2016

Applications are shortlisted and shortlisted applicants are notified

September - October 2016

Shortlisted applicants are interviewed

November 2016

Selections are finalised and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Education and Training are notified of selection outcomes

All successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified of the outcome of their application

December 2016

Details of successful Scholars published on website, as per Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines requirements

1 January - 31 December 2017

Successful Scholars leave for their Scholarship Program

Successful Western Sydney University NCP Scholarship Recipients

New Colombo Plan

NCP Scholar: Justin Whittle

Degree:  Bachelor of Natural Science (Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security)

Host University: Kasetsart University, Thailand

NCP Scholarship Program: As the top ranked NCP Scholar for Thailand, Justin was awarded the New Colombo Plan 2016 Thailand Fellow. Justin will study in Thailand at Kasetsart University from January to May 2016 in the University's Tropical Agriculture International Program (TAIP).  In addition to this, Justin will also be undertaking research in intensive farming practices of Red Palm Weevils in Thailand.

New Colombo Plan

NCP Scholar: Caitlin Alderson

Degree:  Bachelor of Policing

Host University: City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

NCP Scholarship Program: Caitlin will undertake two semesters of study at City University Hong Kong in the areas of Applied Social Science. During her time in Hong Kong, Caitlyn aims to supplement her official studies with internships at the Hong Kong Police Force and the AFP Police Liaison Officers at the Australian consulate.

  NCP Scholar: Patrick Gan

Degree: Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Advanced Business Leadership)

Host University: Meiji University, Japan

NCP Scholarship Program: Patrick's NCP Scholarship program has included a semester of study at Meiji University and an internship with Mitsui & Co. Ltd in Tokyo.
  NCP Scholar: Jasmin Hammond

Degree: Bachelor of Natural Science (Environment and Health)

Host University: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, 2014

NCP Scholarship Program: On the NCP Scholarship, Jasmin completed a semester of science studies at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
  NCP Scholar: Timothy Mann

Degree: Bachelor of Advanced Science (General)

Host University: Tsukuba University, Japan, 2014

NCP Scholarship Program: Tim's NCP Scholarship program has included a semester of study at Tsukuba University and an internship with Riken Brain Science Institute.
  NCP Scholar: Candice Skelton 

Degree: Bachelor of Animal Science

Host University: Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2014

NCP Scholarship Program: On the NCP Scholarship, Candice completed a semester of science and cultural studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  NCP Scholar: Charlee Law 

Degree: Bachelor of Natural Science (Environment and Health)

Host University: National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2015

NCP Scholarship Program: On the NCP Scholarship, Charlee will complete a semester of science studies at National University of Singapore. In addition to this, Charlee plans to undertake in country Mandarin language study.
NCP Scholar: Lakshmi Logathassan 

Degree: Bachelor of International Studies / Bachelor of Laws

Host University: National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2015

NCP Scholarship Program: On the NCP Scholarship, Lakshmi will complete a semester of arts and law studies at National University of Singapore. In addition to this, Lakshmi plans to undertake in country Mandarin language study.