The Australian government’s prestigious New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program (NCP) (opens an external site) offers a life-changing scholarship opportunity in the Indo-Pacific region. Are you a high-calibre UTS undergraduate student, Australian citizen and ready to undertake a session or two of study + internship?
Register your interest and study where it’s at.
Are you interested, but do you still have a lot of questions about the program? The Department of Trade and Foreign Affairs has asked previous NCP scholars to answer all your questions.
NCP 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/internship in the Indo-Pacific region.
- Students can study and work in 40 countries and territories in the Indo-Pacific region.
- Only 120 students will selected from across Australia for the upcoming 2020 round awards.
- UTS must select you as a nominee for the Scholarship. See the selection criteria details below.
View the full details of the scholarship.
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 15th July 2019.
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 2020;
- 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.
Special consideration may be given to applicants from diverse groups including: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, students from low socio-economic status backgrounds, students from regional/remote areas, students from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds, students with a disability and students in non–traditional fields taking overseas study.
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! At the session you can learn about key requirements to be selected, meet others and share your thoughts on your application, and at some sessions you can speak with a returned NCP Scholars about their experiences. The sessions will be held around UTS campus from March to June (Autumn session) 2019.
Current and past NCP scholars
Since the start of the New Colombo Plan Program twenty UTS students have been awarded a prestigious NCP Scholarship, and you could be next!
Our scholars have come from a great variety of faculties (Arts & Social Sciences, Business, Engineering, IT, Law) and together they've studied and worked in many countries in the Indo Pacific, including China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Nepal, etc.
Read and watch how they have experienced, or are still experiencing, their NCP Scholarship adventures in the Indo Pacific.
UTS NCP Scholars 2019
UTS NCP Scholars 2018
Check out how Won Hae Shim made life long connections and friendships during her NCP experience :
Watch how Hwei-See Kay (Law and Communications) experienced her NCP adventure in Indonesia:
UTS NCP Scholars 2017
Watch how Alli Devlin (Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Svetlana Zarkovic (Business and Law) experienced their NCP adventures:
UTS NCP Scholars 2016
Watch how Thomas Da Jose (Engineering) experienced his NCP adventures in Thailand: