The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.
Undergraduate students can apply for a scholarship program of up to 19 months, including study, internships or mentorships, and language training. A flexible mobility grants program offers short and longer-term study, internships, mentorships, practicums and language studies.
The New Colombo Plan provides opportunities to live, study and work in 40 eligible locations in the Indo-Pacific region. 40,000 awards so far
The New Colombo Plan involves a scholarship program for study of up to one year and internships or mentorships, and a flexible mobility grants program for both short and longer-term study, internships, mentorships, practicums and research.
Scholarships in 2018
120 New Colombo Plan Scholarships in 20 locations across the Indo-Pacific region from 33 Australian universities
Top five destinations for scholars in 2018
- Hong Kong – 17
- Singapore – 17
- Japan – 16
- China – 15
- Indonesia – 14
Top five broad fields of study for scholars in 2018
- Political Science
- Language and Literature
- Business Management
Mobility Projects in 2018
Support to around 13,000 students through 882 mobility projects in 35 locations from 40 Australian universities
The top five destinations in 2018
- Indonesia – 2131
- China – 2055
- India – 1543
- Malaysia – 835
- Japan – 812
The top five broad fields of education in 2018
- Society and culture
- Management and Commerce
More than 300 organisations have registered workplace opportunities in the region
76 percent of scholars and 17 percent of mobility students undertake language studies
97 percent of scholars and 40 percent of mobility students undertake internships
Business engagement – a hallmark of the New Colombo Plan
Students say: New Colombo Plan Mobility was rewarding and a life-changing experience
More confident in their ability to engage with people in the Indo-Pacific
More regionally-literate and work ready
New Colombo Plan Alumni
The alumni program supports alumni to maintain connections to each other, the private sector and partners in the Indo-Pacific region.
The alumni network is growing fast – there are more than 14,000 alumni including 229 scholars. The alumni ambassadors program is supporting one alumnus form each Australian university to promote the New Colombo Plan.
Infographic on the New Colombo Plan [PDF 246 KB]