New Colombo Plan Scholarships – up to $67,000 to study abroad + amazing one-of-a-kind experiences

New Colombo Plan Scholarships – up to $67,000 to study abroad + amazing one-of-a-kind experiences

If there’s one study abroad scholarship this year you absolutely do not want to miss out on, it’s this one.

You could be awarded up to $67,000 as a recipient of a New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship to complete study and work experience in Asia.

The New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program provides opportunities for Australian undergraduate students to undertake semester-based study, language training, and internships or mentorships in 40 participating Indo-Pacific locations. The program duration includes 3-19 months abroad.

The NCP Scholarship program supports students from all disciplines and diverse socio-economic backgrounds to participate, including Indigenous Australians, people with disability, LGBQTI persons and students from regional and remote areas. Across Australia, more than 40 of the 120 recipients hailed from regional and remote areas in last year’s round.

La Trobe University will be nominating 10 students every year to be considered for this scholarship by the Australian Government. In 2019, four La Trobe students received an NCP Scholarship.

Attend the online information session

Find out more about the program and have your questions answered via this Zoom link.

When: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Friday 5 June, 2020.

Benefits (valued up to $67,000):

Successful NCP Scholarship recipients will receive:

  • Tuition fees to cover the cost of study for up to two semesters overseas
  • 1-6 months of full-time in-country language training
  • A travel allowance of $2,500
  • An establishment allowance of $2,500
  • A monthly stipend of $2,500
  • Health and travel insurance for the duration of their overseas Scholarship Program
  • A dedicated Case Manager.


To qualify for a nomination you must:

  • Participate in an exchange program in one of the NCP specified countries.
  • Be an Australian citizen enrolled at La Trobe University.
  • Undertaking a Bachelor or Bachelor Honours degree program onshore at an Australian LTU campus.
  • Aged between 18 and 28 years of age (inclusive) on 1 January 2021.
  • Be involved with local community by way of volunteering or other initiatives.
  • Have completed one year of undergraduate study at the time of departure
  • Have achieved a minimum 70% WAM

Find out more about the scholarship from La Trobe Abroad.

Impact of travel restrictions

The 2021 NCP Scholarship round will be conducted at a time of considerable unpredictability, particularly relating to international travel. Potential candidates should consider this when planning of their programs. Given that it is not known when travel restrictions (both Australian and in host countries) will be lifted, it may not be possible for future scholars to commence their overseas study component in the first (or even second) half of 2021. We encourageyou to carefully consider whether you will have flexibility to commence your NCP study component from at least the second half of 2021 or, if necessary, be able to defer to 2022.

How to apply

The team at La Trobe Abroad will guide you through the application process and make sure your application is the best it can be.

Please submit your expression of interest to be considered for this prestigious award by Monday 15 June 2020.

Contact Brett Smith at La Trobe Abroad with any queries or for more information:

Past New Colombo Plan Scholars

See what former scholars had to say about their experience!

Read about the recent success of Samuel Chung and hear from returned New Colombo Scholar Zoe Croucher about her adventure in Indonesia.

Four La Trobe students received NCP Scholarships in 2018. Read their stories and get an insight into why they were successful.

Rebecca Thornton and Sidney Mason in 2017, and the video below from Jake Schatz in 2015.

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