Want to be paid for a life-changing trip overseas?
One thing is certain in this ever-changing world – once borders open up, we're never taking travel for granted again!
Luckily, the Australian Government has still committed to fund the New Colombo Plan scholarship. The A$69,000 scholarship that lets high-achieving university students from across Australia complete a year of life-changing study experiences in the Indo-Pacific region.
What’s the New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship?
The NCP Scholarship offers high-achieving Australian undergraduates the opportunity to study, work and live in the Indo-Pacific region for up to 17 months. It plays a key role in the Australian Government’s efforts to strengthen the country’s domestic and regional economies by equipping undergraduates with work-based experiences in the region.
What does ‘high-achieving’ mean in a UTS context? Well, it will be covered in detail in the info sessions, but essentially, we’re looking for students with a 70 per cent average across all their courses. If that sounds like you, read on (and if you’d like to apply next year, but need to improve your marks, head to HELPS or invest in a Peer Tutor!).
Launched in 2014, the New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
UTS has received A$700,000 from the Australian Government to support students in mobility projects across the Indo-Pacific in 2020.
As part of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan (NCP), this funding will support UTS students to participate in 19 mobility programs in 40 host locations in 11 countries across the Indo-Pacific. These programs include semester-based or short-term study, internships, mentorships, practicums and research in the Indo-Pacific region.
But the borders are closed. Why should I apply?
This is a prestigious scholarship and recipients are required to meet a number of requirements, including selection rounds and interviews. So, even though you'll complete your application this year, you won't go overseas until Autumn 2021, once it's safe to do so.
Basically, if you want to make a difference and travel next year, you must start thinking about it now!
How do I apply?
First and foremost, join a NCP Scholarship online info session – there's only one left!
Join the session to:
- Learn about the application process
- Find out about the key selection criteria
- Meet other candidates and share your thoughts on your application
- Speak with a returned NCP Scholar about their experience (selected sessions only).
Don’t delay! Register for one of the remaining info sessions today.
Who has received a NCP Scholarship in the past?
Lots of people! Connor Boughton, Millie Leggett and Richard Tong were the UTS 2020 recipients. Check out UTS’s 2020 scholarship recipients, and get inspired for a future with open borders, new experiences and prestigious employment outcomes!
To be successful, each student had to complete an application process at UTS and through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Connor Boughton is currently studying Bachelor of Engineering and Information Technology (Mechatronic Engineering). He'll attend the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang, Malaysia before relocating to Kuala Lumpur to complete an internship with TOS Energy Malaysia.
“From an engineering perspective, I was really drawn to Malaysia because of their incredible initiatives with designing and building Smart cities […] I am also very keen to discover how Internet of Things (IOT) systems and machine learning technology is implemented into Malaysia’s smart cities.
“I have aspirations to follow a career into smart infrastructure, so my experience and exposure to new technologies in Malaysia has the potential to greatly aid me in this career path, […]and I hope the connections I make in Malaysia will allow me to continue working with and in the region long into my future career.”
Multilingual skills are often attractive graduate attributes across professions, with Australian employers looking favourably on candidates with Asian language literacy. Data engineering student, Millie Leggett, is using her NCP Scholarship to improve her Japanese language skills and immerse herself in Japanese culture. She'll undertake an intensive language training program in preparation for her studies at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan.
“[When the borders open] I'll undertake two months of full-time language training at the Genki Japanese and Culture School in Tokyo. The goal is to get to a conversational level of fluency before I start my university studies.
“I'm attracted to Japan because I find the contrast between Japan's long traditional history and their rapid developments in areas such as information technology really fascinating, plus I've always been an anime and manga fan.”
Software engineering student, Richard Tong is set to study at one of the leading universities in engineering and technology, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), before interning as a security engineer at Assertiv Consulting in Singapore.
“I love Singapore. Despite the fact that it’s such a small nation, it has amazing engineering prowess with Nanyang Technological University being the top young university globally (QS Top 50 Under 50 2020). With the NCP Scholarship I’m able to go to a top world-ranked university and participate in research in the areas of cybersecurity and machine learning.
“Singapore is a very diverse and multicultural country much like Australia. I will gain a global perspective as Singapore is a global city allowing me to see the wide ranging impact of my work.”
Want more info?
Find out about NCP funding opportunities.