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 one year 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.

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) recognises the challenges of international education presented by COVID-19. Until international travel can resume, the NCP will support virtual global learning programs. Virtual global learning programs will continue the momentum of the NCP and foster valuable people-to-people, institutional and business relationships across the Indo-Pacific. It will also encourage increased participation by students for whom international travel presents challenges.

Students will be able to participate in a NCP virtual global learning program even if they have previously received a NCP travel grant. Students are expected to continue establishing life-long connections and lift their understanding of the Indo-Pacific through NCP virtual global learning programs. The NCP will return to normal arrangements as soon as travel to Host Locations are deemed safe and appropriate.

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 2021 New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program is now closed. To get an update of when the 2022 round opens, please submit an Expression of Interest.

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.

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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