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 undertake semester-based study, internship or mentorship in one of 40 participating Indo-Pacific locations.

New Colombo Plan Scholarship recipient Mia Dunphy, centre right, with Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, centre left.


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 goals
  • leadership in the community
  • adaptability and resilience.

Please download the New Colombo Plan 2020 information sheet for students for further details.


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 2020
  • 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 apply. 

To express your interest in applying, make a short video (up to 2 minutes) 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
  • describe how you would hope to benefit from studying or working overseas.

Upload your video to your favourite video sharing site, and email your CV, including the video link, by Friday, 3 May 2019 to [email protected]

After nomination

If you are shortlisted after you’ve expressed your interest, we’ll be in contact with you in mid-May to advise you the details of a compulsory group session on 26 June 2019. Shortlisted candidates from the group session will be invited to an interview on 28 June 2019.

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.

Phone: +61 3 9919 1445
Email: [email protected]