New Colombo Plan

Deakin University NCP scholars 2019

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is an Australian Government initiative, which supports Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in the Indo-Pacific region. The NCP encourages students to increase their knowledge of the Indo-Pacific and aims to deepen Australia’s relationships in the region.

The NCP involves a prestigious scholarships program for study and internships of up to 19 months and a flexible mobility grants program for both short and longer-term study, internships, mentorships and research. You receive credit towards your Deakin degree for all NCP-supported study. Upon completion of your program, you automatically become a member of the prestigious NCP alumni network.

Your options include:

Deakin NCP scholar

Scholarship Program
Undertake study, language training and an internship/ mentorship for up to 19 months

NCP scholars on a mobility program to India

Mobility Program
Participate in trimester-long or short-term study and internships across the Indo-Pacific

NCP alumni at a networking event

Alumni Program
Stay connected to the NCP and access professional development and networking opportunities

Eligible Host Locations

You can choose from any of the countries listed below. To learn more and identify your potential host country, explore the links directing to the DFAT page about the country and Australia’s relationship with it.


Find out all about the NCP programs in the links below. Register your interest, learn about the current and past Deakin NCP scholars, explore your program options, and how this prestigious Australian Government initiative can support you in your overseas study and your future.

Scholarship Program

Your NCP journey - from application to becoming part of the alumni network - will have several milestones. For an overview of your journey, view the summary of the key milestones.

Applications for the 2023 New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program are now closed. Applications for the 2024 New Colombo Plan Scholarship round will open in March 2023.

Mobility Program

Explore NCP-supported mobility programs that are accepting applications below. Choose from a range of faculty-led programs, short term partner programs and Work Integrated Learning programs.

Eligibility requirements

Students applying for an NCP-supported mobility program must meet the following criteria:

  • is an Australian citizen
  • is not a citizen or permanent resident of a Host Location in which they will undertake aMobility Project
  • is enrolled in an on-shore campus of an Australian University for the duration of theMobility Project
  • is undertaking a Bachelor Degree, Bachelor Honours Degree or concurrent Diploma.
  • not be an employee of the branch of DFAT that administers the NCP
  • does not during the course of their Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree:
    • receive a Student Grant under more than one Semester Grant
    • receive a Student Grant under more than one Short-term Grant, 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.
  • is 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.

Alumni Program

The New Colombo Plan Alumni Program is open to all NCP scholarship and mobility students on completion of their program. It offers a range of benefits including access to exclusive networking events, professional development and mentoring opportunities and membership of a growing online community of future leaders with a shared passion for, and experience in, the Indo-Pacific.

Join the New Colombo Plan Alumni Group on LinkedIn now.

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