New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program 2018 for Australian undergraduate students

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Application Deadline: August 31st 2017

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

University nominations are now open for the 2018 Scholarship round of the New Colombo Plan and will close on 31 July 2017. Applications from nominated students open on 1 August and will close on 31 August 2017. Successful applicants will be announced at the awards function in late November.

In 2018, the New Colombo Plan will support Australian undergraduates to live, work and study in 40 locations across the Indo-Pacific region, including for the first time New Caledonia and French Polynesia. Around 120 to 150 scholarships are expected to be awarded for study in 2018.


To be eligible, applicants for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship must:
•be nominated by their Home University.
• be an Australian citizen. Applicants cannot undertake their Scholarship in a Host Location in which they
hold dual citizenship or permanent residency; or in which they have previously been a citizen or permanent resident.
• be enrolled in units at an on-shore campus of an Australian University during the application process.
• be between 18 and 28 years of age (inclusive) on 1 January 201 8.
• be undertaking a Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree when the Scholarship Program commences.
• have achieved a minimum 70 per cent graded average or equivalent for their undergraduate course at the time of application, as determined by the nominating Home University.
• not be a previous recipient of a New Colombo Plan Scholarship.


Scholarship Benefits
  • Before applying for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship, students should consider their personal financial circumstances and ensure that undertaking a Scholarship Program will not overextend them financially. Exchange rates can fluctuate.
  • The Scholarship should be used as intended.
  • The New Colombo Plan Scholarship includes:
• tuition fees to cover the cost of study for up to one Academic Year (including student service and amenities fees), where Scholars are studying as fee- paying international students, up to a maximum of $20,000 ($10,000 per semester or $6,666 per trimester). These fees are payable directly to the Host Institution.
The Scholarship will only provide for international tuition fees if no current exchange agreement place is available between the Home University and the Host Institution.
• language training tuition fees, where incurred, of up to $1,500. These fees are only for in-country language training and are payable directly to the language training provider.
• a travel allowance of $2,500 to contribute to costs associated with the Scholar’s travel to and from the Host Location.
• an establishment allowance of $2,500 to contribute to the costs associated with the Scholar settling into their Host Location.
• a monthly stipend of $2,500 to contribute to the Scholar ’s basic living costs in their Host Location.
• health and travel insurance for the duration of their overseas Scholar ship 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 and top ranked IndigenousScholar) will receive an additional benefit of $1,000 to purchase study materials for use during their Scholarship Program.
• Scholarships may be sponsored by Private Sector Organisations for the duration of the Scholar’s Scholarship Program. This may include in-kind benefits provided direct to the Scholars, such as training opportunities.


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program 2018 

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