JCU Global Experience Outbound Programs New Colombo Plan Scholarship

New Colombo Plan Scholarship

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is an Australian Government initiative that provides opportunities for Australian undergraduate students, between 18 and 28 years of age (inclusive), to undertake study, participate in Internship/Mentorship opportunities and receive language training in an eligible Host Location in the Indo-Pacific region.

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The 2021 New Colombo Plan Scholarship nomination round is now closed.

The NCP Scholarship Program provides around 120 Scholarships annually to a diverse range of Australian undergraduates studying a range of disciplines in up to 40 Indo-Pacific locations.The Program encourages students to participate in community engagement and advocacy in relation to the New Colombo Plan. The maximum duration of a Scholarship Program is 19 months. All program components must be completed within this time period.

March - JCU will call for expressions of interest. If you are eligible, you will receive an email offering you the opportunity to express interest in the scholarship.

May - Expressions of interest will be assessed and ranked.

June - Shortlisted candidates will be offered an interview at JCU.

July - JCU will nominate up to 10 students to the Australian Government for an Australia-wide shortlist.

August - Nominated students will be offered the opportunity to submit an NCP Scholarship application to the Australian Government. Global Experience team provides support for application development and linkages to NCP alumni.

September - The Australian Government will invite a select number of applicants from across Australia to attend an interview in Canberra. Global Experience team will provide support for interview preparation.

November - Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application/interview.

January Following year - Successful Scholars leave for their Scholarship Programs

The 2021 Scholarship round provides the following benefits:

  • Tuition Fees Study component tuition - Up to $10,000 per semester, or $6,666 per trimester
  • Full-time language training fees - Up to $10,000 (6 months)
  • Full-time language training fees - Up to $1,500 (1 month)
  • Part-time language training fees - Up to $1,500


  • Travel allowance - $2,500 paid to the Scholar ($1,250 on travel to the Host Location
  • $1,250 on return to Australia at the end of the Scholarship Term) to contribute to costs associated with the Scholar’s eligible travel to and from the Host Location.
  • An Establishment Allowance - $2,500 paid to the Scholar to contribute to the costs associated with the Scholar settling in at their Host Location.
  • A Scholarship Allowance - up to $2,500 monthly stipend to contribute to the Scholar’s basic living costs in their Host Location.
  • A Mental Health Allowance - up to $1,000 paid to the Scholar as a reimbursement to contribute to the cost of providers of Mental Health Services.

Other benefits:

  • Insurance
  • Allocation of a case manager
  • Private sector sponsorship

To be eligible to apply for a JCU nomination, you must be an Australian citizen, have a strong GPA (minimum 70%), be in at least your second year of undergraduate studies when the scholarship commences, and aged between 18 and 28. For more information go to the DFAT website.

In 2021, there are 40 eligible host locations for New Colombo Plan supported study across the Indo-Pacific region.

In alphabetical order these host locations are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

You must study approved subjects for credit against your degree at a university in one of the above locations.

Contact the Global Experience Office to find out how you can apply for a JCU nomination.

2020 NCP Scholarship recipients JCU Business/Law student Dennae Smith (Singapore) and JCU Engineering student Lewis Batic (Japan and Nepal) with Clare Walsh, Deputy Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the Awards ceremony in Canberra, November 2019.

2019 NCP Scholarship recipient JCU Business/Psychological Science student Genevieve Ritchie (Vietnam) with former Minister for Foreign Affairs Julia Bishop at the Awards ceremony in Canberra in November 2018.

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