New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship

Ashley Eadon NCP Scholar in India

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship awards up to $67,000 to Australian undergraduate students for study and work experience opportunities across multiple locations in the Indo-Pacific region from 3 months up to 19 months.

La Trobe University will be nominating 10 students every year to be considered for this scholarship by the Australian Government.


To qualify you must:

  • be an Australian citizen aged between 18 and 30 years as of 1 January 2022
  • not undertake the Scholarship in a Host Location in which you have dual citizenship or residency rights; or in which you have previously been a citizen or permanent resident
  • be undertaking a Bachelor’s Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree, at the commencement of the Scholarship Program
  • have a minimum WAM score of 70 per cent across all studies at La Trobe
  • be able to demonstrate community service and/or leadership experience.

Selection process

  • attend an information event or listen to a recorded session
  • confirm your eligibility and familiarise yourself with the NCP Scholarship guidelines
  • submit an expression of interest
  • commit to the rigorous application process – including nomination, written component, LTU mock interview and Canberra interview stages
  • apply for LTU student exchange program in the following year, either semester 1 or 2
  • obtain ASSC or SHE college credit approval to go on exchange to an eligible host country
  • purchase and undergo a National Police Record Check
  • commit to participate in the scholarship program if successful.

How to apply

Attend or listen to the recording of one of the following two information sessions:

Approximate timeline

  • NCP Scholarship program information sessions - March or May
  • EOI closes - 31 May 2021
  • LTU shortlisting applications - June to July
  • Nominated and unsuccessful students notified - June to July
  • NCP University nominations - June to July
  • NCP Student written applications - July to August
  • NCP Aust Gov applications shortlisted and applicants notified - September
  • LTU Mock interviews - September
  • NCP Interviews in Canberra - September to October
  • NCP All applicants notified of outcome - October
  • Pre-departure training in Canberra -  November
  • Scholars commence scholarship - Following year.

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Current & Past NCP Scholars

Meet our current NCP Scholars and read what our previous NCP recipients have to say about the program:

Watch the video below detailing Richard, Kara and Jake's unique experiences as NCP Scholars: