Infographic on the New Colombo Plan

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

  • Law
  • Political Science
  • Language and Literature  
  • Business Management  
  • Banking

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
  • Health
  • Management and Commerce
  • Engineering
  • Education.

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]

Last Updated: 24 October 2018