New Colombo Plan Scholarship UGTR1037

Scholarship Details

Second year students, Third year and above



Closing Date

See below


Scholarship(s) available
For 1 year


Aus Citizen


The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government that aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia and strengthen our people-to-people and institutional relationships, through study and work placement undertaken by Australian undergraduate students in the region.

The New Colombo Plan Scholarship is a prestigious and competitive program that provides the opportunity for Australian undergraduates to undertake up to one academic year of exchange in one of the approved locations. The program also includes provision for relevant language studies, internship / mentorship and community engagement components.

UNSW is calling for expressions of interest from students planning to go on Student Exchange to one of the approved destinations in 2025. UNSW will nominate 10 to 15 students to apply to the prestigious Scholarship Program.

2025 NCP Scholarship Programs can be conducted in approved Indo-Pacific Host Locations where UNSW has an Exchange Agreement including P.R. China, India, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. It is important you are flexible with your exchange locations and you are asked to indicate your location preferences in the Expression of Interest form.


To be eligible for nomination you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen;
  • Not be a current citizen or permanent resident of your proposed host location(s);
  • Be enrolled in and undertaking, until completion of all study components of the NCP Scholarship Program, at least one Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree;
  • 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 2025;;
  • Have achieved a minimum 70 per cent graded average or equivalent for your undergraduate course at the time of Application;
  • Be planning to undertake a Student Exchange in 2025. The 2025 exchange application deadlines are 24 April 2024 for exchange in T1 2025 and 12 September 2024 for exchange in T3 2025;
  • Receive credit from your Exchange towards your UNSW degree;
  • Satisfy the NCP Study component;
  • Not be a previous recipient of a Scholarship under the NCP Scholarship Program;
  • Not be an employee of the branch of DFAT that administers the NCP.

Before applying, please ensure you:

  • Read the NCP Scholarship Program guidelines and Advice to Applicants. As the 2025 guidelines have not yet been released, you should refer to the 2024 guidelines and advice. Once the 2025 guidelines become available, you should refer to them for updated information.
  • Review the Student Exchange Moodle tutorial and are aware of the Exchange application process, requirements, and deadlines.


    Applicants will be assessed against the following criteria. You should address each criterion and limit your responses to 300 words per criterion:

  • Demonstrated academic excellence at the tertiary level
  • Evidence of leadership and engagement in the community
  • Adaptability and Resilience skills
  • Ability to contribute to New Colombo Plan objectives and outcomes


    To apply, please complete the Expression of Interest form by 11:45pm, 26 May 2024.


    Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

    You are not able to apply for this scholarship through My Application Online - UNSW Scholarships.

    Specific application form for this scholarship (see under Selection Criteria)