The Australian government’s prestigious New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program (NCP) (opens an external site) offers a life-changing scholarship opportunity for high-calibre UTS undergraduate students to undertake a session or two of study in the Indo-Pacific region.
Students will also undertake an internship or work-related experience of up to three months as part of the scholarship.
Scholarship program details
- The New Colombo Plan Scholarship will be up to AU$69,000, covering a living stipend, travel and relocation costs, and language and tuition fees.
- The Scholarship may be granted for a minimum of seven months (one session) and maximum of 17 months (two sessions) of study and work in the Indo-Pacific region.
- Students can study and work in 40 countries and territories in the Indo-Pacific Region (opens an external site).
- Only 120-150 students will selected from across Australia in 2017 for the 2018 round awards.
Key selection criteria
UTS will shortlist, select and nominate up to 10 of the most suitable student applicants to the New Colombo Plan Secretariat by the end of June 2017.
To be selected, you must:
- be an Australian citizen (dual citizens may not study in the country of their other citizenship);
- be between 18 and 27 years of age (on 1 January 2018);
- be able to study for at least one session in one of 40 Indo-Pacific countries for academic credit toward your UTS degree;
- demonstrate high academic achievement (70% average or above);
- demonstrate leadership and community engagement skills;
- demonstrate adaptability and resilience skills;
- understand and show commitment to the international goals of the New Colombo Plan.
View the full details of the scholarship.
View the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program Guidelines 2018 on the Department of Foreign Affairs website (opens an external site).
How to apply
Do you have what it takes to be an NCP Scholar?
Attend a UTS New Colombo Plan Scholarship Information Session to find out! These informative sessions will be held on campus throughout Autumn session 2017.
This is your opportunity to discuss your experience and background, as well as where you want to go and what you want to study. You'll find out what it takes to become a successful NCP Scholarship nominee.
UTS recommends you do your study component of the scholarship at a UTS Global Exchange partner university or as part of your UTS International Studies degree. However, you are welcome to apply to attend universities with which UTS does not have a partnership agreement.
The 2018 round of the New Colombo Plan Scholarship will open for applications in Autumn session and close to UTS in mid-June 2017. Interviews will be held for shortlisted applicants at UTS.
Hear from past and current UTS NCP scholars
This year Alli Devlin, Svetlana Zarkovic, Stephanie Newman and Tiffany Lau were selected as New Colombo Plan scholars. They will travel to Vietnam, China, Hong Kong and Japan, respectively." alt="UTS alumnus Thomas Da Jose, Julie Bishop and the four UTS NCP scholarship winners" title="">
In 2016 four UTS students were also selected to study at universities in Thailand, Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong.
UTS student Thomas Da Jose shares his experience as a New Colombo Plan scholarship recipient in 2016 studying and working in Thailand via his Youtube channel (opens an external site).
Watch more videos of UTS students’ experience on Global Exchange.