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The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study, undertake internships in the region. In addition to a Study component, the Scholarship program may include an Internship, a Mentorship, or Language training. 

Each year, Bond nominates up to ten exceptional undergraduate students to apply for the prestigious New Colombo Plan Scholarship program.

University nominations for the 2023 NCP Scholarship will open 22 June, 2022 and close 26 July, 2022, 11:30am AEST.  If you are interested in applying for the 2023 NCP Scholarship round, please email [email protected]   

Please see the below summary of the NCP Scholarship guidelines for more details of the program.

To be eligible, applicants for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship must:

  • be nominated by Bond University (to be nominated, contact our office)
  • be an Australian citizen. Applicants cannot undertake their Scholarship in a Host Location in which they hold dual citizenship or permanent residency
  • be enrolled in subjects at Bond University during the application process
  • be between 18 and 30 years of age (inclusive) for non-Indigenous applicants, or between 18 and 35 years of age (inclusive) for Indigenous applicants, on 1 January 2022.
  • be undertaking a Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree at the time of applying and until completion of overseas study component
  • have achieved a minimum 70 per cent graded average or equivalent for their undergraduate degree at the time of application, as determined by Bond University
  • have 30-40 credit points of optional/elective subjects available to take overseas
  • not be a previous recipient of a New Colombo Plan Scholarship
  • not be an employee of the branch of DFAT that administers the NCP

Scholars must continue to meet these Eligibility requirements during the term of their Scholarship.

Successful applicants may not commence another Australian Government-funded off-shore Scholarship Program or mobility grant (including a New Colombo Plan Mobility Program grant) while undertaking their New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program.

The New Colombo Plan Scholarship includes:

  • tuition fees (conditions and limits apply)
  • language training tuition fees (limits apply)
  • a travel allowance
  • an establishment allowance
  • a Scholarship allowance (monthly stipend)
  • Mental health allowance
  • health and travel insurance for the duration of their overseas Scholarship Program
  • a dedicated Case Manager for the duration of their Scholarship Program
  • Private sector sponsorship (case by case)
  • New Colombo Plan Fellows (the top-ranked Scholar in each location and top-ranked Indigenous Scholar) will receive an additional benefit.

Please download the NCP Scholarship guidelines for more details on each of the benefits.

Bond University Internal Application Process to be Nominated to Apply for the NCP Scholarship:

  1. Watch our webinar or attend an information session about the scholarship and how to apply.
  2. Email [email protected] to request an application form 
  3. Submit an application to be nominated 
  4. The top 10 candidates who meet the eligibility requirements will be nominated to DFAT to apply for the 2023 scholarship program.

Nominated students will receive an invitation from DFAT to complete an online application in August 2022. Watch our webinar about addressing the assessment criteria and writing a winning application.

Students are able to apply to study at one of Bond's Exchange Partners in the Indo-Pacific, however, we encourage to students to consider applying to locations outside of Bond's partner network. 

Scholarship programs must be conducted only in the following host locations:
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, 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. 

Scholars must not travel to a Host location or region within a Host location for which the Australian
Governments Smartraveller advice recommends "Do not travel" or "Reconsider your need to travel"

NCP scholar, Jasmine Valcic and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop MP

2021  |  Josiah Neal (Bachelor of International Relations / Bachelor of Laws)
Study destination: Vanuatu 

2021  |  Chloe Burns (Bachelor of International Relations)
Study destination: South Korea

2020  |  Hugh Maxey (Bachelor of Commerce)
Study destination: Japan

2020  |  Finn Robinsen (Bachelor of International Relations)
Study destination: Taiwan

2019  |  Jacob Cookson (Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Biomed)
Study destination: University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2019  |  Makaela Fehlhaber (Bachelor of International Relations / Bachelor of Laws)
Study destination: University of Malaya, Malaysia

2019  |  James Rosengren (Bachelor of Commerce/ Bachelor of Laws) and India Fellow
Study destination: India

2018  |  Jasmine Valcic (Bachelor of International Relations / Bachelor of Laws) Thailand Fellow
Study destination: Mahidol University, Thailand

2017  |  Holli Sargeant (Bachelor of International Relations / Bachelor of Laws)
Study destination: Singapore

2017  |  Eve Bramley (Bachelor of International Relations / Bachelor of Laws)
Study destination: Fudan University, China

2015  |  Marryum Kahloon (Bachelor of International Relations / Bachelor of Laws)
Study destination: Fudan University, China