The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program

The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program provides funding to Australian universities and consortia to support Australian undergraduate students to participate in semester-based or short-term study, internships, mentorships, practicums and research in 38 host locations across the Indo-Pacific region.

The Mobility Program is open to Australian university undergraduates aged 18-28, with capacity to include some students over 28.

Under the 2017 funding round, around $20 million in New Colombo Plan mobility grants is expected to be awarded to Australian universities to support students to study and undertake work-based experiences in the Indo-Pacific region between 1 January 2017 and 30 June 2018.

Projects that support longer-term study, internships and language acquisition and that attract private-sector, in-kind or financial sponsorship will continue to be prioritised. Multi-year funding will also be made available to support mobility projects that may be delivered for up to three years.

Applications for the 2017 mobility round closed on 3 June 2016 and are currently being assessed.

The 2014, 2015 and 2016 New Colombo Plan Mobility Program Guidelines and FAQs can be found on the previous rounds page.


Queries about the 2017 application process should be directed to the Department of Education and Training at The New Colombo Plan Secretariat, within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, can be contacted at

Undergraduate students interested in participating in a New Colombo Plan mobility project should contact their university's international liaison office.

Last Updated: 6 June 2016