1. Who is eligible for a scholarship under the NCP Pilot Program?
New Colombo Plan Scholarships (pilot program) provide opportunities for Australian undergraduates to undertake study and an internship/mentorship in one of four eligible pilot destinations: Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan and Singapore. At the commencement of their scholarship, scholars must be in at least the second year of their degree; be between 18 and 28 years of age; and undertaking a Bachelor’s degree level program (Pass or Honours).
Scholars must undertake a study program for which they will receive credit at their home university. The study component of the scholarship is mandatory and must be for at least one semester, but may be up to two semesters (a full academic year) in duration. For information on the status of a proposed study program, applicants should seek advice in the first instance from their nominated course convenor or from the New Colombo Plan Liaison Officer or international office in their university. Further information is available in the NCP Scholarship Guidelines.
2. What can I study as part of my scholarship program?
There are no limitations on the type of study a scholar may take as part of their award, as long as they are eligible to receive credit as part of their undergraduate degree at their Australian university.
3. What support is available to NCP scholars for foreign language tuition?
All Scholars are eligible for support to undertake intensive language training as part of their scholarship. The training must be in a language that is applicable to the destination in which the Scholar is completing their program, and be undertaken in-country.
4. When does the New Colombo Plan Scholarships Program open for applications?
Australian universities will be requested to conduct an internal selection process and nominate students for the program in February 2014.
Nominees’ complete applications, including referee reports and supporting documentation, must be submitted by 11.59pm AEDT on 28 March 2014.
5. What is the application process and deadlines?
For the pilot phase of the New Colombo Plan students must be nominated by their Australian university. Universities have been asked to conduct an internal nomination process to select five nominees. It is recommended that eligible Australian undergraduates who are interested in applying for a New Colombo Plan scholarship, and feel they have strong claims against the selection criteria, contact the NCP Liaison Officer or the international office in their university. More information on the application process and deadlines is included in the Scholarship Program Guidelines.
6. How will scholarship applications be assessed?
Scholarship applicants will be assessed and ranked against the selection criteria set out in the Scholarship Program Guidelines (pilot program). Initial short-listing will be undertaken by a panel comprising representatives of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Education. All shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by an interview panel comprised of government officials, academics and members of the business community, as set out in the Scholarship Program Guidelines (pilot).
7. When can I commence my New Colombo Plan Scholarship?
Successful applicants must commence their study program between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015.
8. How many NCP scholarships will be offered and what academic results will the panel be looking for?
Approximately 40 scholarships will be awarded in the pilot round of the New Colombo Plan. It is suggested in the program guidelines that a suitable candidate should have at least a 70 per cent graded average or equivalent for their undergraduate course to date.
9. Are previous recipients of the Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Award still eligible for a NCP scholarship?
The program guidelines do not preclude a previous Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award recipient from also receiving a NCP scholarship. It is recommended that contact should be made with the universities NCP Liaison Officer, or their international office, to clarify the selection process and individual eligibility requirements.
10. Can I be nominated for a NCP Scholarships if I am already planning to travel to the host country in early 2014?
Successful applicants must commence their study program between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015. Applicants who have already commenced or will commence their program prior to 1 July 2014 are ineligible to apply.
11. I have completed a calendar year of study but am not yet in the second year of my academic program. Am I eligible for a NCP scholarship?
To be eligible for the New Colombo Plan students must have completed one full-year of their academic program.
12. Am I eligible for a NCP scholarship if I am part way through a degree but not currently enrolled in a course of study?
To be eligible to apply for an NCP scholarship the applicant must be enrolled in an undergraduate course of study with an Australian university at the time of application in 2014.