New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants - 2018 Round

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the program aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australian by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region. The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is a signature initiative of the Australian Government that offers Australian undergraduates who are Australian citizens, opportunities for scholarships and grants for study and internships/mentorships in the Indo-Pacific.

How does it work?

The New Colombo Plan encourages universities to develop undergraduate study programs that are either for academic credit or a mandatory course component, and to apply for funding to support student participation in these experiences.

A range of study options are eligible for mobility grant funding, including semester/trimester based study of up to 12 months, short term study, practica, clinical placements, internships/mentorships and short term research. Funding can be provided for single or multi-year projects.

University of Melbourne projects that have received successful funding in the past include:

The following types of grants are available:

  • A short-term grant provides between $1,000 and $3,000 per Student.
  • A semester grant provides between $3,000 and $7,000 per Student.
  • Internship grants are available for Semester-based Mobility Projects that include an Internship component in addition to Semester study. An Internship Grant will provide $1,000 per Student (which is in addition to a Semester grant).

What are the 2018 study locations?

The New Colombo Plan encourages Australian universities to cooperate with regional institutions in new fields and locations, and deepen existing partnerships. 2018 NCP study locations includes the following 40 eligible Host Locations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Burma, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

Key changes for the 2018 program

  • Funding will double in 2018 to approximately $40 million, significantly expanding the scope for university projects.
  • Two new eligible host locations have been added: French Polynesia and New Caledonia.
  • The minimum project duration of programs has been increased to two weeks.
  • The upper age limit (28 years old) has been lifted for Indigenous students.
  • Stronger preference in the selection criteria for applications that align to the greatest extent with NCP strategic objectives. Projects that support semester-based and longer-term study, internships, language acquisition and mobility partnerships will continue to be prioritised.
  • Around 25 per cent of total funding available under the 2018 round may be directed to multi-year projects.
  • Selection will consider the applicants’ track records in meeting reporting requirements and their history in refunding unallocated grants (universities will be punished for poor grant acquittal history).

What is the time period in which the study needs to take place?

NCP single-year mobility projects must commence between 1 January 2018 and 30 June 2019. Multi-year Mobility Projects can continue from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2021.

How can I apply for mobility grant funding for my overseas subject or program?

Global Leadership and Employability will coordinate the University of Melbourne’s 2018 NCP Mobility submission.

Faculties must apply to Global Leadership and Employability for nomination by the University to the Government, using the internal application form below. This form must be submitted to Global Leadership and Employability by 5PM, Wednesday 19 April 2017.

If you are an academic or professional staff member interested in proposing a project, before submitting an application, you are encouraged to:

  1. Review the 2018 NCP Mobility Grant Guidelines and advice to applicants, and make sure your proposed project fits within the eligibility criteria;
  2. Review the internal 2018 grant application form;
  3. Discuss your application with relevant stakeholders in your faculty (ASO, FGM etc);
  4. If you have a program that you think would benefit from the funding and satisfies all the eligibility criteria, contact Grants Officer, Global Leadership and Employability, Jasmine Lim, to discuss your application;
  5. Complete the internal grant application form online and submit your application no later than 5pm on Wednesday 19 April 2017.

The outcome of 2018 funding applications will be announced by DFAT in late August 2017. Global Leadership and Employability will provide training to faculty recipients on adminisration of the funding.


If you have a program about which you are unsure, please feel free to email Jasmine Lim at Global Leadership and Employability to discuss.


Return to the top of the page