Invitation to Apply for Grant Opportunity

The Destination Australia Cheung Kong Exchange Program is a joint funding initiative of the Commonwealth and the Cheung Kong Group (CK Infrastructure Holdings Ltd, represented in Australia by Powercor Australia Ltd). The objective of the grant opportunity is for invited Australian universities to deliver short-term mobility projects for outbound Australian students and incoming students from selected locations in Asia. The grant opportunity will assist Australian universities as they recover from the international travel restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting their ability to offer students the transformative potential of an overseas study experience and renewed engagement with their Asian counterparts.


Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China (including Hong Kong), India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam


The types of projects developed can include short-term study (up to a semester), study tours, research, and practicums or clinical placements


The number of outgoing and incoming students must be equal


The total program funding available is $1.1 million. This funding will be distributed equally between the successful Australian universities that elect to participate in this grant opportunity. The minimum grant funding awarded per university is expected to be approximately $26,000. Universities are expected to expend an average of $5,500 per student.

Travel Dates

Projects must be implemented between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2023

Eligibility Outbound Students

  • Must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Undergraduate, Postgraduate Coursework, Postgraduate Research
  • Not previously have been supported by grant funding under the program.

Eligibility Inbound Students

  • Must be an international student from one of the selected locations
  • Must not be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • Study in a course at Australian Qualifications Framework level 7-10

Appropriate Expenditure

Eligible expenditure items are:

  • student travel costs (airfares and transfers) related to the short-term mobility opportunity
  • student accommodation costs while participating in the short-term mobility opportunity
  • student living expenses while participating in the short-term mobility opportunity
  • student travel insurance related to the short-term mobility opportunity
  • student visa fees
  • any other expenditure, excepting those listed in section 5.6, incurred for the sole purpose of enabling a student’s participation in a short-term mobility opportunity.

Grants must be used for expenditure directly related to the student’s participation in the opportunity and cannot be used for:

  • administration costs such as resourcing or advertising
  • Locations external to the selected locations
  • covering of retrospective costs

Types of Projects

Example 1


  • A two-week study tour for students collaborating with Indonesian organisations:
  • Number of students:10
  • Grant per student: $5,000


  • Inbound study tour for students from Indonesian partners
  • Number of students:10
  • Grant per student: $5,000

Example 2


  • A semester experience at a Singapore university:
  • Number of students: 4
  • Grant per student: $7,000


  • A semester experience for inbound Singapore students:
  • Number of students:4
  • Grant per student: $7,000


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Expressions of Interest

Western Sydney University will be submitting a joint application for consideration by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE). This will comprise of multiple projects. If you would like an opportunity to be considered in this round, complete the Expression of Interest below for each project by the close of business, Monday 5 April 2021.