The New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship Program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to live, work and study in the Indo-Pacific region.

The program is an Australian Government initiative that provides Australian students with funding to study and undertake language training, an internship or a mentorship in one of 40 participating Indo-Pacific locations.

VU NCP scholar Scott Fordyce with DFAT's Clare Walsh.


The scholarships offer a generous financial package of up to A$72,500 covering, among other benefits:

  • tuition fees for academic and language study
  • travel and establishment allowances
  • monthly stipend for living costs.


You will be assessed by Victoria University and we will nominate our candidates for the scholarship.

We will assess your CV and an application made by video, considering:

  • academic excellence at the tertiary level
  • ability to contribute to NCP strategic objectives and outcomes
  • leadership and engagement in the community
  • adaptability and resilience.


To be considered for the NCP Scholarship, you must:

  • be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree at Victoria University
  • have completed one year of undergraduate study at the time of departure
  • achieved a minimum credit average of 70%
  • be aged 18-28 (inclusive) on 1 January 2023
  • be an Australian citizen.

How to apply

Apply for VU nomination

To submit a formal application for the NCP Scholarship Program, you must be nominated by Victoria University.

To express your interest in applying, make a short video (up to 2 minutes long) to:

  • introduce yourself
  • explain your interest in applying for the NCP Scholarship
  • specify the destination you would like to study or undertake an internship/mentorship in
  • describe how you would hope to benefit from studying or working overseas.

Upload your video to a video sharing site, such as Panopto or YouTube. Then email [email protected] by Monday 4 July 2022 with:

  • your Resume - must be completed on the VU Employ template accessed via the Careers Toolkit
  • the link to your video.

Please use the VU Employ Careers Toolkit available to all students when creating your video introduction and Resume. The Careers Toolkit is an interactive online platform you can access 24/7 to assist you with your job applications, interview skills, employability and career planning.

After nomination

If you are shortlisted after you’ve expressed your interest, we’ll be in contact with you. 

We will be submitting a small number of strong applications, and we’ll help you through each stage of the application process to increase the likelihood of your applications being successful.

Contact us

If you wish to learn more about the NCP Scholarship or overseas study opportunities, contact the Victoria Abroad Team.

Email: [email protected]