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New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants Program


The NCP Mobility Program provides funding to Australian universities to support Australian undergraduate students’ participation in study, internships, mentorships, practicums and research in 40 host locations across the Indo-Pacific region.

The Program is open to Australian university undergraduates aged 18 to 28. Participation by undergraduates over 28 is permitted in some circumstances (as outlined in the Guidelines).

Funding is available for a range of:

  • faculty-led group programs
  • short-term partner programs
  • work integrated learning programs.


If you wish to apply for an NCP-supported mobility program you must meet the following criteria:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • not be a citizen or permanent resident of a host location in which you will undertake a mobility project
  • be enrolled in an on-shore campus of an Australian university for the duration of the mobility project
  • be undertaking a bachelor degree, bachelor honours degree or concurrent diploma.
  • not be an employee of the branch of DFAT that administers the NCP
  • do not during the course of your bachelor degree or bachelor honours degree:
    • receive more than two student grants total or
    • receive a student grant under both a semester grant and a short-term grant for the same mobility project or for the same period of travel outside of Australia.
  • be aware of the requirement to comply with DFAT’s Child Protection Policy 2017 and Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment Policy 2019 including the reporting obligations under these policies.
  • be between 18 and 28* years of age at the commencement of the mobility program (*Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students do not need to be aged between 18 and 28.) Students who are outside this age bracket can still apply but limited places are available.


Programs become available at different times throughout the year. We encourage you to bookmark the link below for future opportunities.


Why you should apply

Doing the internship program in Indonesia with International Internships was one of the best things I’ve ever done! The internship placement was well suited to my interests and studies, and the host did everything they could to make it a really positive experience. I got exposure to the industry, participated in networking events, developed business knowledge, and learned about politics in Indonesia. All this helped me to achieve my goal of working out what I want to do with my life.

Nushara Gunawardene

Former student

Contact us

If you have a question about the New Colombo Plan program please email us.