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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.

Eligibility for the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program

Applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen. Applicants are not able to undertake a Scholarship Program 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 at CDU at the time of application
  • be aged from 18 to 28 (inclusive) on 1 January 2019
  • be undertaking a Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree
  • have achieved a minimum GPA of 5.5
  • be available to commence the Scholarship Program between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019.

Anticipated timeline

12 February 2018New Colombo Plan Guidelines 2019 published
29 June 2018Deadline to submit the CDU Scholarship Candidate Request Form
1 July to 30 July 2018Students interviewed and shortlisted by CDU
31 July 2018Students Nominated by CDU
August 2018

Nominated students receive application guidance and an invitation to complete an online application form from the Australian Government.
Applicants complete their application and gather supporting documentation. Nominees are strongly encouraged to contact the CDU Mobility team for assistance in completing the form. In addition, students must research their desired host location to see if there are Universities that offer suitable programs taught in English to meet the degree requirements at CDU. Students can search Bachelor degrees by discipline, country and language through the Bachelorportal. For advice about reflecting on 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.

September  2018Shortlisted applicants notified by Australian Government
September to October 2018Shortlisted applicants are interviewed by Australian Government
November 2018Selections 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
December 2018Scholars are announced and their details are published on the New Colombo Plan website

Application Guidelines for students nominated by CDU

Nominees should thoroughly read the New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program Guidelines 2019, 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.

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 Mobility Grants 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 2017/2018

LocationLength of ProgramNumber of ScholarshipScholarship Amount
United Kingdom1 Semester4 Scholarship $2,500 each
United States of America1 Semester4 Scholarships $2,500 each
Canada1 Semester2 Scholarships$2,500 each
Norway1 Semester2 Scholarship$2,500 each
Netherlands1 Semester2 Scholarship$2,500 each
Germany1 Semester2 Scholarship$2,500 each
France1 Semester2 Scholarship$2,500 each

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 2017/2018

Location Length of ProgramNumber of ScholarshipScholarship Amount
Indonesia1 Semester2 Scholarships$2,500 each
Peoples Republic of China1 Semester4 Scholarship$2,500 each
Hong Kong1 Semester4 Scholarship$2,500 each
Malaysia1 Semester2 Scholarship$2,500 each
Philippines1 Semester2 Scholarship$2,500 each
Japan1 Semester4 Scholarship$2,500 each
India1 Semester2 Scholarship$2,500 each

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.