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The New Colombo Plan

The New Colombo Plan High Achievers Scholarship Program

- Applications now open for 2022.

The New Colombo Plan Scholarship is a prestigious Australian Government program that provides opportunities for high achieving students enrolled in undergraduate programs to undertake a semester of study overseas within 40 approved countries within the Indo-Pacific region.

To apply for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship you must be an Australian citizen and nominated by the University of Tasmania.

Students from all Colleges & Schools are encouraged to apply.

For full details, visit the Australian Government New Colombo Plan website.

To find out more about the New Colombo Plan in 2022 please contact

Students wishing to be nominated for the NCP Scholarship must:

  • be an Australian citizen. Applicants can not undertake their Scholarship in a Host Location in which they have dual citizenship or residency rights; or in which they have previously been a citizen or permanent resident
  • be enrolled at UTAS at the time of application and should have provider for at least one year before applying
  • be aged between 18 and 30  (inclusive) for non- Indigenous applicants, or between 18 and 35 years of age for indigenous students  (inclusive January 1, 2022).
  • be undertaking a Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree, when the Scholarship Program commences
  • have achieved a minimum 70 per cent graded average or equivalent for their undergraduate course at the time of application
  • not be undertaking another Australian Government-funded off-shore scholarship or mobility grant (including New Colombo Plan Mobility Program grant) while undertaking the Scholarship Program
  • not be a previous recipient of a New Colombo Plan Scholarship (may have received a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant)
  • commence the Scholarship program between 1 January 2022 and 15 December 2022. Applicants who have already commenced or will commence a study abroad or exchange program overseas prior to 1 January 2022 are not eligible to apply for a Scholarship to continue that study.

NCP scholarship programs cannot proceed in a Host Location or region within a host location for which the Smartraveller advice is ‘Do not travel’ or ‘Reconsider your need to travel’” (see section 5.5 of the Guidelines).

It is anticipated that many host locations will still be listed as ‘Do not travel’ during the application period due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel. Some locations were already set at ‘Do not travel’ prior to COVID-19 due to the risk to safety. Applicants may propose programs for travel to ‘Do not travel’ locations, but are strongly discouraged from proposing programs in a Host Location, or region within a Host Location, for which Smartraveller recommends “Do not travel” for reasons in addition to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel. This distinction is made clear in Smartraveller.
Travel cannot proceed to such locations if that travel advice remains in place at the proposed time of departure.

  • Study Component up to $10,000 per semester up to two semesters  or $6,666 per trimester for up three trimesters spent at a host institution
  • Full time Language training (more than one month to a maximum of six months) Up to $10,000
  • Full time  Language training (one month or less) up to $1500
  • Part time Language training (up to $1500)
  • A one off Travel allowance of $2,500 paid to a Scholar ($1,250 paid prior to travel to the Host location and $1,250 paid upon 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.
  • A one off Establishment allowance of $2,500 paid to a Scholar to contribute to the costs associated with the Scholar settling in at their Host location. Fellows (see Section 6.3) will receive an additional payment of $1,000 ('Fellow allowance') to purchase study materials for use during their Scholarship and to contribute to costs associated with the Fellow’s promotion of the NCP. Scholars that are appointed as Fellow under more than one applicable award will receive a Fellow allowance of $1,000 for each position.
  • Scholarship allowance of up to $2,500 paid to a Scholar as a monthly stipend during the Scholarship term to contribute to the Scholar’s basic living costs in their Host location.
  • Mental health allowance of $1,000 reimbursed to a Scholar to contribute to the cost of any mental health services, including professional services (such as by qualified/registered psychologists and social workers to assist with personal issues, such as coping with life changes and fostering mental wellbeing).

Other Scholarship Benefits

  • Health and  Travel Insurance
  • A dedicated Case manager from Scope Global
  • Scholarships may also be sponsored by private  sector organisations. All Scholars are eligible and will be considered for private sector sponsorship.

The application Process

  1. Eligible students must complete the online expression of Interest Form.
  2. Applications are then shortlisted by a panel of staff from each of the colleges
  3. Only 10 UTAS students can be nominated each year.
  4. The 10 shortlisted nominees are then required to
    1. apply for a National Police Check
    2. Narrow down their country destination and preferred partner to visit
    3. nominate two referees to support their application
    4. Order an official copy of their academic transcript (after the most recent results have been released)
    5. maintain a GPA of 6 or above at all times throughout the application process
    6. submit an online application addressing the selection criteria before the closing date. For advice on effectively responding to selection criteria we recommend getting in touch with the Career Development Advisor

The following resources from previous application rounds may assist students when submitting an expression of interest.

Key dateActivity
UTAS Expressions of interest close26th of July
Successful scholars nominated to the Australian Government3rd of August
successful candidates  applications due online 23rd of August
Applicants are shortlisted and notifiedSeptember
Interviews conductedSep/October
Scholars announcedNov/Dec 2021

Freja is completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Environment) majoring in Aquaculture at University of Tasmania.

Through receiving the New Colombo Plan Scholarship, Freja went to Fiji in 2018 and undertook a semester of study at University of the South Pacific (USP), focusing on aquaculture and marine science in the region.

After the semester at USP, Freja interned with SPC in their Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (FAME) division. Here she worked with fish farmers and was part of a FAME/USP study on consumers' willingness to buy bundled tilapia. This increased her passion for aquaculture and developing a sustainable fishing industry, so that in the future we do not rely on wild catch for our seafood.

Freja is planning on undertaking my Honours in Aquaculture at University of Tasmania once she graduates from her Bachelor degree this year.


2021 Scholars

This year 4 UTAS students were successful in being awarded including one student being awarded a Fellow, the highest ranked application for their region.

  • Joshua Rowlands, Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Arts
    • Joshua intends to undertake Business Management studies at Shanghai Ocean University, China as well as an internship with Group.
  • George Grover, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Law
    • George intends to undertake International and Environmental Law at O.P. Jindal Global University, India as well as a sponsored Internships with Infosys.
  • Anni Zhang, Bachelor of Medical Research (Honours)/ Bachelor of Philosophy
    • Anni will study Biochemistry and Cell Biology at National University of Singapore as well as undertake a sponsored Infosys internship program in India.
  • Meg Phillips, Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) -  A Fellow award for her application to undertake studies within Malaysia.
    • Meg will study Electrical Engineering at Taylor’s University, Malaysia and intends on undertaking an internship within the region.

2020 Scholars

  • Isabel Dunn- Bachelor of Social Science - Indonesia- ACICIS
  • Laura Smith- Bachelor of Philosophy-

2019 Scholars

  • Mika Bighin - studying Marine & Antarctic Science and will be travelling to study at Hokkaido University, Japan.
  • Samantha Climie - studying Arts/Law and will be travelling to study at Sophia University in Japan.
  • Bethany Green - studying Media and will be travelling to study at Shih Hsin University in Taiwan.
  • Grace Williams - studying Arts/Law and will be travelling to Indonesia to participate in an ACICIS program.
  • Lachlan Tucker - studying Biotechnology and Medical Research and will be travelling to study at Taipei Medical University in Taiwan.

2018 Scholars

  • Freja Svendsgaard, Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Environment). Freja is currently undertaking her studies in Fiji.
  • Blair Fazackerley, Bachelor of Marine & Antarctic Science. Blair will be travelling to Papua New Guinea and he was also selected as the NCP Fellow for his destination.

2017 Scholars

  • Sanjana Bidarkal (studying Medical Research and travelling to Singapore)
  • Saleem Ameen (studying Science and travelling to South Korea as an NCP Fellow)
  • Thomas Malone (studying Marine Science and will travel to Fiji)
  • Susan Katarzynski (studying Education and will travel with her family to Hong Kong)
  • Joseph Freeman (studying Medical Research and will travel to Indonesia)

2016 Scholars

James Ritchie, Bachelor of Business. James completed an ACICIS Program at the Indonesian Islamic University & Parahyangan Catholic University

"My New Colombo Plan Scholarship program consists of studying International Relations at Universitas Katolik Parahyangan in Bandung for one semester and then studying Islamic Business, Law and Society at Universitas Islam Indonesia in Yogyakarta second semester.

I have already completed an internship as an assistant to the board of directors at a international management consultancy company in Jakarta. I am planning to intern at a sharia bank also.

My New Colombo Plan has been an amazing experience and opened up numerous opportunities. It has been great to connect with business leaders, academics, politicians and students from all over Indonesia. I have no doubt these networks and experience will allow me to come back to Australia and make a significant contribution to the community through my field of study."

Anna Vaughan - Bachelor of Science, majoring in Mathematics and Physics.

Anna is currently studying at the National University of Taiwan.

Jessica Teoh - Bachelor of Medical Research. Jessica intends to complete a semester at the National University of Singapore.

"Medicine and culture are intrinsically connected and it unites nations in combating health problems.  I aim to make most of this incredible opportunity to create links between health in Tasmania, rest of Australia, Singapore and other countries in the Indian Ocean-Pacific region. Ultimately I would like to be a leader in the medical sector and contribute to shaping Australian health policies.

As one of the youngest NCP scholars, it will be a great opportunity in my formative years to have NCP illuminate my strengths and weaknesses and challenge myself. I've been exposed to so many great opportunities, high profile networking events with leaders at the forefront of their fields; I would never have had the chance otherwise.

Meeting other NCP scholars who are all so driven, capable and inspiring made me reflect on myself and what I can achieve".

2015 Scholars

Emily Forsyth, Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Business.

In semester two 2015 I travelled to Vanuatu under the NCP. I was hosted by the University of the South Pacific (USP). At USP I studied four law units which have been credited as electives towards my law degree at UTAS. As part of my scholarship program I also undertook an internship at the State Law Office, the legal advisory body of the government of Vanuatu. As an intern I wrote letters of advice to various government departments, prepared explanatory memoranda for legislation, drafted enforcement applications and attended Supreme Court conferences. I also completed a course in Bislama, the national language of Vanuatu. Bislama is a form of pidgin English. It was great fun to learn and it helped me better connect with local people.

Outside of my formal scholarship program I had a very active social life in Vanuatu. There is a friendly and fun community of expatriates who are involved in all different kinds of volunteering and employment in Vanuatu. We had weekly beach trips, lunch dates, tennis games, ultimate frisbee clashes and pool swims, most of them followed by a relaxing shell of kava. I also spent a lot of time with my USP friends – staying on campus helped me to get involved in their weekend netball roster and nightly games of volley ball. In summary, I came away with a fascinating insight into our Pacific neighbours and their legal system, an enhanced ability to adapt to new environments, lifelong friends throughout the Pacific, a new sense of perspective on life and a great tan. I would encourage any student who is interested in the Indo-Pacific region to consider applying for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship.

Liam Callaway, Bachelor of Computing and Bachelor of Science.

Liam studied his New Colombo Plan in Japan at the University of Tsakuba for a full year. He completed two internships, one with a small Taiko drumming company in Tokyo where he assisted with general administrative work within the office including developing and updating their website. Liam's other internship was with Mitsui & Co. one of the largest companies in Japan that trade internationally.

Elizabeth Philips, Bachelor of Health Science (Environmental Health)

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New Colombo Plan Mobility Programs 2021

College Led Programs are designed and led by UTAS staff specifically for UTAS degrees. They function like an international field trip as part of a UTAS course and enable students to combine study and travel through cultural immersion


Short Term: 2 - 6 Weeks; 
One Semester: 5 - 6 month.


NCP Mobility programs run within the Indo Pacific Region


12.5% - 50% credit points (1 to 4 units) dependent on college and program.

For more information contact.

ProgramCoordinator / Contact Program location Program length Scholarship amount per student
ACICIS Flexible Language Immersion Program   Indonesia 1 semester $7,000
Social work students on virtual placements  Nepal / India (Virtual)4 - less than 6 weeks N/A 
Malaysian media study tour Malaysia10 weeks or more, but less than a semester$3,000
Commercial Music / Music Technology Internships   Malaysia 2-4 weeks $3,000
UTAS Conservatorium of Music - Xian and Beijing Conservatory Intensive Music and Cultural Exchange -  China 2-4 weeks $3,000
Tasmania to the World – Shanghai Immersive China2 - less than 4 weeks$3,000
Multidisciplinary Internships  Indonesia (Virtual)4 - less than 6 weeks$3,000
Immersive Study at Asia’s largest contemporary arts and design education institute SingaporeA semester$7,000
RUILI Conservation Intensive Indonesia (Virtual)2 - less than 4 weeks$3,000
HEX Discovery | Asia Pacific Multi Location (Virtual)2 - less than 4 weeks$2000
ProgramCoordinator / Contact Program location Program length Scholarship amount per student
Agritecture   Vietnam/Cambodia 2-4 weeks $3,000
China Immersion Program  China2 - less than 4 weeks$3,000
Engineering Connections - Australian-Chinese universities  China2 - less than 4 weeks$3,000
Multidisciplinary Internships Indonesia4 - less than 6 weeks$3,000
Tropical Biodiversity & Sustainable Tropical Agriculture Systems   Sri Lanka 2-4 weeks $3,000
International Perspective on Boat Building   Vietnam 1 semester $7,000
Humanitarian Design Summit   Nepal 2-4 weeks $3,000
The Changing Coast   Vietnam 2-4 weeks $3,000
HEX Discovery | Asia Pacific  Multi Location (Virtual)2-4 weeks $2,000
ProgramCoordinator / Contact Program location Program length Scholarship amount per student
Pharmacy Professional Experience Placement   Malaysia 2-4 weeks $3,000
International program - Nepal Experience Nepal2 - less than 4 weeks$3,000
Multidisciplinary Internships  Indonesia4 - less than 6 weeks$3,000
International program - India Experience  India2 - less than 4 weeks$3,000
Public Health Study & Solutions in Vietnam   Vietnam 6-8 weeks $3,000
Nursing Placements   Nepal 2-4 weeks $3,000
HEX Discovery | Asia Pacific  Multi Location ( Virtual) 2-4 weeks $2,000
ProgramCoordinator / Contact Program location Program length Scholarship amount per student
Multidisciplinary Internships Indonesia (Virtual)4 - less than 6 weeks$3,000
HEX Discovery | Asia Pacific Multi Location (Virtual)2-4 weeks$2,000