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New Colombo Plan

Current student scholarship
Undertake a full-time study program at a university from one of the eligible countries and receive credit towards your course at QUT.

Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Current students

Study area

All study areas

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance


Australian or New Zealand

Application dates

Applications close
1 July 2018

What you'll receive

Successful applicants will receive financial support to study either one or two semesters abroad at a university located in one of the 40 eligible host countries.

You'll receive:

  • a travel allowance of $2,500
  • an establishment allowance of $2,500
  • a variable, location-based monthly stipend of up to $2,500
  • health and travel insurance.

Other benefits may include:

  • payment of up to one academic year of international tuition fees to a maximum of $20,000, payable directly to your host institution
  • payment of $1,500 for in-country language training fees, payable to the language training provider.


You must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • be enrolled in QUT and undertaking a bachelor degree or bachelor honours degree
  • be between 18 and 28 (inclusive) years of age as at 1 January 2019
  • have completed at least one year of your bachelor course at commencement of scholarship
  • have achieved a minimum 5.5 GPA (Grade Point Average) for your undergraduate course to date
  • be eligible to study for one or two semesters at an Indo-Pacific university and receive credit towards their degree
  • demonstrated leadership in the community.

You can't be:

  • undertaking another Australian Government funded off-shore scholarship at the commencement of, or currently with, the scholarship
  • a previous recipient of a New Colombo Plan scholarship
  • undertake the program in a host country where they have previous been or currently hold dual citizenship or permanent residency.

How to apply

To apply for this scholarship, you'll need to:

  1. determine which partner universities are located in your preferred country.
  2. check whether the university has English-taught units equivalent to the units in your current course.
  3. contact International Student Services for information on the application process.
  4. apply via the New Colombo Plan Scholarship current student page.

About the scholarship

The Australian Government offers New Colombo Plan scholarships to high-achieving undergraduate students in order to:

  • lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia
  • deepen Australia's relationships with the region
  • encourage studying in the Indo-Pacific region as a 'rite of passage' for Australian undergraduate students
  • increase the number of work-ready Australian graduates with regional experience.

Host locations

Scholarship programs can be conducted in the following 40 Indo-Pacific host locations:

  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Cook Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Kiribati
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • 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
  • Vietnam.

Previous recipients

2018 scholarship round
RecipientCourseHost location
Tess Van GeelenBachelor of Laws (Honours)China
Melanie GockBachelor of BusinessCity University of Hong Kong
Sarah SheppardBachelor of Business/ Bachelor of LawKorea University
Alexandra AlderBachelor of Behavioural Science/ Bachelor of Justice (Honours)Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Caitlin ClarkeBachelor of Property EconomicsNational University of Singapore
Michael ReynoldsBachelor of Science/ Bachelor of MathematicsNanyang Technological University, Singapore
Madura SenadeeraBachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Information TechnologyNanyang Technological University, Singapore
Krishore SubramaniamBachelor of Engineering (Honours) National Taiwan University
Liam GreinkeBachelor of Business/ Bachelor of LawsMahidol University, Thailand

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(outside Australia)

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