New Colombo Plan Scholarship

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) offers you the opportunity to benefit from study and internships/mentorships in the Indo Pacific region for up to 18 months. The NCP is a signature initiative from the Australian Government to increase knowledge of the Indo Pacific with a committed $40 million to support 120 NCP scholarships commencing in 2024. 

We can nominate up to 10 eligible students and nominees are not ranked in any order by us and have equal chances against students from across the country. If we receive more than 10 applications, a committee will determine the quality of all applications and nominate the top 10. 

More information is available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website

Australian Government
No. of Scholarships:
120 Australia wide
Duration of Award:
1 year
Level of study:
  • Undergraduate
Semester Availability:
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Study Area:
  • Business
  • Creative Arts and Communication
  • Engineering
  • Health
  • Law and Criminology
  • Science
  • Social and Cultural Studies
  • Teaching
  • Technology


To apply for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • not be a current or dual citizen or permanent resident of your proposed primary location or secondary location
  • be enrolled, until completion of all overseas study components, in at least one bachelor degree or bachelor honours degree unit at Murdoch University, excluding Veterinary Science, Nursing and Chiropractic Science. 
  • be undertaking, until completion of all study components, at least one bachelor degree or bachelor honours degree 
  • be between 18 and 30 years of age (inclusive) for non-Indigenous applicants, or between 18 and 35 years of age (inclusive) for Indigenous applicants on 1 January 2024.
  • have achieved a minimum of 70% graded average or equivalent for their undergraduate course at the time of application
  • not be a previous recipient of a scholarship under the NCP program. 

How to Apply

If you are eligible and want to be considered as a nominee for Murdoch University, you need to:

  • To attend one of the sessions join online and register with your first name and student ID.
  • Find a host university and discuss academic credit with your Academic Chair, if possible.
  • Compile the required documents outlined below and email them to by 12.00pm AWST, Tuesday 18th July, 2023.
Next steps

After submitting your expression of interest to us, you will then apply directly to the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). In preparation, we will provide feedback on your expression of interest so you can improve your application to DFAT further.

If your application is accepted by DFAT, you will be invited to participate in an online interview. If you pass this last stage, you will be flown to Canberra to attend the scholarship award ceremony.

Required Documents

This scholarship requires you to provide the following documents:

  • expression of interest form, which will be emailed to you once you attend one of the compulsory information sessions
  • a copy/scan of your official Murdoch University academic transcript

If you are shortlisted, you will also need to provide a copy/scan of a current federal police check, which you can request here. The completed police check must not be dated earlier than 1 May 2022.

Payment Method

Payments apply before and during the study abroad period. You will be paid by the Australian Government. 

Please refer to DFAT's website for more information on payment details.