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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
30 June 2019

What you'll receive

There is an annual call to action to Australian universities to each nominate 10 students to the Australian Government. Students will need to go through an internal QUT application to be considered for nomination to the Australian Government.

Note: Dates for the release of guidelines, nomination period, application, and interviews are not fixed and may vary annually based on government priorities. This information reflects the 2019 Scholarship round and will be updated once the release of guidelines for the 2020 Scholarship round is available.

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 (applies only if there is no current exchange agreement between QUT and host institution)
  • tuition fees to cover the cost of in-country language training, for up to six months and up to a maximum of $10,000, payable directly to the language training provider
  • scholars undertaking less than one moth of full-time language training or part-time language training concurrent with another full-time program component, may have language training tuition fees paid up to a maximum of $1,500.


You must:

  • be an Australian citizen. Applicants cannot undertake the program in a host country where they have previously been or currently hold dual citizenship or permanent residency
  • be enrolled at an on-shore campus of QUT at the time of application
  • be aged between 18 and 28 (inclusive) as of 1 January 2020
  • be undertaking at least one bachelor degree or bachelor honours degree when the scholarship program commences
  • not be a previous recipient of a NCP scholarship
  • have a cumulative course GPA of 5.5 or above
  • demonstrated leadership in the community
  • be eligible to study for 1 or 2 semesters at an Indo-Pacific university and receive credit towards their degree.

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. apply online via the New Colombo Plan Scholarship page
  4. Questions? Contact QUT Global

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

2019 scholarship round
RecipientCourse Host location
Sean Wanna Bachelor of Design (Honours) National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Maddison Simpson-Treichel Bachelor of Business - International Shanghai Jiaotong University, China
Bryce Devlin Bachelor of Business - International Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2018 scholarship round
RecipientCourse Host location
Tess Van Geelen Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Peking University, China
Melanie Gock Bachelor of Business City University of Hong Kong
Sarah Sheppard Bachelor of Business/ Bachelor of Law Korea University, South Korea
Alexandra Alder Bachelor of Behavioural Science/ Bachelor of Justice (Honours) Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Caitlin Clarke Bachelor of Property Economics National University of Singapore
Michael Reynolds Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of Mathematics Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Madura Senadeera Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Information Technology Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Krishore Subramaniam Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) National Taiwan University
Liam Greinke Bachelor of Business/ Bachelor of Laws Mahidol University, Thailand
2017 scholarship round
RecipientCourse Host location
Lauren Wilkins Bachelor of Justice Parahyangan University (ACICIS), Indonesia
Heath Gabbett Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Rikkyo University, Japan
Suzannah Cooper Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Mathematics Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Julian Loh Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) City University of Hong Kong
Alexandra Tran Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Eloise Adsett Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Jesse Christian Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Creative Industries Renmin University, China
Dana Carmichael Bachelor of Business - International Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
2016 scholarship round
RecipientCourse Host location
Fiona Bergstrum Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) Taylor's University, Malaysia
Kate Donnelly Bachelor of Laws University of South Pacific, Fiji
Matthew Page Bachelor of Business Taylor's University, Malaysia
Emily Entwistle Bachelor of Business/Information Technology Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
2015 scholarship round
RecipientCourse Host location
Joel Adsett Bachelor of Business/Laws BINUS University, Indonesia
Brian Joseph Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Nanyang Technology University, Singapore

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