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 A$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 students will selected from across Australia for the upcoming 2019 round awards.
- UTS must select you as a nominee for the Scholarship. See the selection criteria details below.
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 2018.
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 28 years of age (inclusive) on 1 January 2019.;
- be able to study for at least one session in one of the listed 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 2019 on the Department of Foreign Affairs website (opens an external site).
How to apply
Do you believe you have what it takes to be an NCP Scholar? Sign up below to attend a UTS New Colombo Plan Scholarship Information Session to find out!
These sessions will be held around UTS campus from April to June (Autumn session) 2018.
The Information Sessions will fill you in on the key requirements of the program, provide you an opportunity to discuss your experience and background, think about where you want to go, and go over what you want to study. You'll find out what it takes to become a successful NCP Scholarship nominee.
UTS recommends you undertake the study component of the NCP 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 2019 round of the New Colombo Plan Scholarship will open fully for applications from nominees in Autumn session and these close to UTS in mid-June 2019.
Interviews will be held for shortlisted applicants at UTS, before recommendation on to the NCP Secretariat.
Hear from past and current UTS NCP scholars
In 2018, seven UTS students have been awarded an NCP Scholarship. Our recipients are Ms. Won Hae Shim (Nepal), Ms. Iris Lo (China), Mr. Lik Wong Yu (Hong Kong), Mr. James Fenton (Japan), Mr. Po-Hao Chen (Japan), Ms. Hwei-See Kay (Indonesia) and Ms. Michelle Zhang (China).
Read about their stories and the NCP Scholarship ceremony at the Great Hall of Parliament House Canberra in December 2017 at the UTS Newsroom.
In 2017, four students, Ms. Alli Devlin, Ms. Svetlana Zarkovic, Ms. Stephanie Newman and Ms. Tiffany Lau were selected as New Colombo Plan scholars and undertook their Scholarships in Vietnam, China, Hong Kong and Japan, respectively. Read about their successful nominations at the UTS Newsroom.
Watch the inspiring videos (opens an external site) made by Alli Devlin, about studying in Vietnam and interning in the Philippines, Tiffany Lau about her semester in Hong Kong, and Stephanie Newman who was studying and interning for a year in Japan on the NCP Scholarship.
UTS alumnus Thomas Da Jose (left), Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop (centre) and the four UTS NCP scholarship winners.
In 2016 four UTS students were also selected as NCP Scholars to study at universities in Thailand, Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong.
UTS Engineering graduate Thomas Da Jose shares his amazing experiences as a New Colombo Plan scholarship recipient in 2016 studying and working in Thailand via his Youtube channel (opens an external site).
UTS Global Exchange student Jonathon Meagher shares his experience as a recipient of the Prime Minister's Australia Asia Award in India and Hong Kong.
Watch more videos of UTS students’ experience on Global Exchange.