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Scholarships and Fellowships

CDU students looking to study overseas for an extended period of time may be eligible to apply for an Australian Government scholarship or fellowship. There are several types. They are competitive and selection is based on merit. Options differ from year to year.

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New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is a signature initiative of the Australian Government that aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia and strengthen our people-to-people and institutional relationships, through study and work placement undertaken by Australian undergraduate students in the region.

The NCP Scholarship Program is a prestigious scholarship scheme that provides an opportunity for high achieving undergraduate students to undertake study in one of the eligible host locations across the Indo-Pacific region. In 2018, the Australian Government aims to provide around 100 NCP Scholarships.

Scholarship recipients must undertake a study program (for at least one semester, but may be up to two semesters in duration) for which they will receive credit at their home university. The program also includes provision for relevant language studies and internship/ mentorship components.

Eligible Locations

Scholarship Programs can be conducted in the following 38 eligible Indo-Pacific Host Locations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, 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. To encourage diversity in Host Locations, a maximum of around 15 scholarships are expected to be awarded for study in any single Host Location. Scholars may apply to undertake their study and/or Internship component in more than one eligible Host Location and/or Host Institution/Organisation, where it adds meaningful value to the core Scholarship Program.


The Scholarship will provide:

  • a travel allowance of $2,500
  • an establishment allowance of $2,500
  • a monthly stipend of $2,500
  • health and travel insurance for the duration of the overseas Scholarship Program
  • a dedicated case manager for the duration of the Scholarship Program who provides services including pre-departure briefings, advice on health and travel insurance, advice and assistance relating to accommodation, and payment of allowances
  • where incurred, payment of in-country language training fees up to $1,500 will be made directly to the language-training provider
  • if you study as a fee-paying international student (rather than at an institution where an official exchange agreement with CDU is in place) the Scholarship will provide payment of up to one Academic Year’s international tuition fees to a maximum of $20,000 ($10,000 per semester based or $6,666 per trimester-based Study Period); payable directly to the Host Institution (includes student service and amenities fees)
  • New Colombo Plan Fellows will be awarded $1,000 to purchase study or learning materials for use during their Scholarship Program.


Applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen. Applicants can not undertake their Scholarship in a Host Location in which they have dual citizenship or residency rights; or in which they have previously been a citizen or permanent resident
  • be enrolled in an on-shore campus of an Australian University at the time of application
  • be aged from 18 to 28 (inclusive) on 1 January 2018
  • be undertaking a Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree, when the Scholarship Program commences
  • have achieved a minimum 70 per cent graded average or equivalent for their undergraduate course at the time of application
  • not be undertaking another Australian Government-funded off-shore scholarship or mobility grant (including New Colombo Plan Mobility Program grant) while undertaking the Scholarship Program
  • not be a previous recipient of a New Colombo Plan Scholarship
  • commence their Scholarship program between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018. Applicants who have already commenced or will commence a study abroad or exchange program overseas prior to 1 January 2018 are not eligible to apply for a Scholarship to continue that study.

Anticipated timeline

1 March 2017 to 30 JuneOpen for students to submit an expression of interest
30 June 2017Deadline to submit expression of interest to CDU
1 July to 30 July 2017Students interviewed and shortlisted by CDU
31 July 2017Students Nominated by CDU
1 Auguest 2017 to 31 August 2017Nominated students receive application guidance and an invitation to complete an online application form from Australian Government
Applicants complete their application and gather supporting documentation
September 2017Shortlisted applicants notified by Australian Government
September to October 2017Shortlisted applicants are interviewed by Australian Government
November 2017Selections are finalised and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Education and Training are notified of selection outcomes
All successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified of the outcome of their application

How to Apply

Students should thoroughly read the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program Guidelines 2018,  paying special attention to the NCP objectives, eligibility and selection criteria sections. To be asked by the Australian Government to officially apply for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship, you must first be nominated by CDU. CDU students should submit a the expression of interest form by 30, June.

Application Assistance

Before submitting your expression of interest, we strongly encourage you contact the CDU Mobilityteam for information about current exchange partners and the exchange process. Research your desired host location to see if there are Universities that offer suitable programs taught in English to meet your degree requirements at CDU. You can search bachelor degrees by discipline, country and language through the Bachelorportal. For advice about reflecting on your experiences to effectively address the selection criteria in the expression of interest, we recommend contacting Employment Services at CDU and completing this free self-paced course on Unlocking Your Employability through edX.

OS‑HELP is a loan available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place who want to undertake some of their study overseas. OS‑HELP can be used for a range of expenses such as airfares, accommodation, and other travel or study expenses.

Find out if OS-HELP loans can help you realise your overseas study experience by visiting the Study Assist webpage.

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships logoThe Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are internationally competitive, merit-based scholarships provided by the Australian Government to support Australian students to undertake study, research and professional development programmes overseas in participating countries or regions.​

Endeavour International Student Exchange Program

The International Student Exchange Programme (ISEP) provides Semester Grants for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students to undertake study overseas that is for Academic Credit. ISEP grants support semester study in any discipline at a Partner Institution of the Student’s Home Institution. Eligible locations for study include Global locations excluding Asia.

Scholarships for 2017

LocationLength of ProgramNumber of ScholarshipScholarship Amount
United Kingdom1 Semester1 ScholarshipUp to $5,000
Norway1 Semester1 ScholarshipUp to $5,000
Netherlands1 Semester1 ScholarshipUp to $5,000
Germany1 Semester1 ScholarshipUp to $5,000
France1 Semester1 ScholarshipUp to $5,000

Endeavour Cheung Kong Student Exchange Programme

Endeavour Cheung Kong Student Exchange Programme (ECKSEP) provides Semester Grants for Australian Undergraduate Students to undertake study overseas that is for Academic Credit. ECKSEP grants support semester study in any discipline at a Partner Institution of the Student’s Home Institution. Eligible locations for study are selected Asian countries.

Scholarships for 2017

Location Length of ProgramNumber of ScholarshipScholarship Amount
Peoples Republic of China1 Semester1 ScholarshipUp to $5,000
Hong Kong1 Semester1 ScholarshipUp to $5,000
Malaysia1 Semester1 ScholarshipUp to $5,000
Philippines1 Semester1 ScholarshipUp to $5,000
Japan1 Semester1 ScholarshipUp to $5,000

Find out more at Australian Government International Education.

Look specifically at the range of scholarships and fellowships on offer, including an Endeavour Research Fellowship for Indigenous Australians

Visit Australian Government International Education for a list of Australian Government/institutions and foreign governments/institutions scholarships you may be eligible to apply for.
The Australian Council of Graduate Research has endorsed Hobsons Coursefinder as a search engine for HDR scholarship support.