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Colombo Plan program for Australian Students, 2015

Australian Government is inviting applications for Colombo Plan program available for Australian Students. support will be awarded for undergraduates to undertake semester-based study and internships or mentorships in participating regional locations. Around 60 financial aid positions will be awarded in the 2015 Round. The maximum duration of a program is 17 months. Scholars must undertake the majority of their program in one eligible Host Location. However, they may study or undertake an Internship/Mentorship at multiple Host Institutions or Host Organisations.

Study Subject(s): There are no limitations on the field of study a scholar may study as part of their scholarship study program. However, scholars must undertake a full-time study program for at least one study period (as defined by the host institution), for which they will receive full credit at their home university towards their bachelor’s degree or bachelor’s honours degree for their study program.
Course Level: The studentships are available for undergraduates to undertake semester-based study and internships or mentorships in participating regional locations.
Scholarship Provider: Australian Government
Award can be taken at: programs can be conducted in the following eligible Host Locations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

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Eligibility: Applicants must:
-be an Australian citizen. Applicants with dual citizenship, permanent residency or similar in another country/location are eligible, however, they must undertake their Scholarship in a third Host Location, in which they do not have citizenship or residency rights;
-be enrolled in an on-shore campus of an Australian University at the time of application;
-be between 18 and 28 (inclusive) years of age as at 1 January 2015;
-be undertaking a Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree at the Commencement of the program. Bachelor Degree applicants must have completed at least one year of their Bachelor Degree at the Commencement of the program;
-have achieved a minimum 70 per cent graded average or equivalent for their undergraduate course to date;
-not be undertaking another Australian Government funded off-shore scholarship at the Commencement of, or concurrently with, the program; and
-not be a previous recipient of a New Colombo Plan Scholarship.
Where applicants are similarly meritorious, preference may be given to a student who has not previously been the beneficiary of an Australian Government funded off-shore scholarship. Successful applicants are also required to not accept another Australian Government funded off-shore Scholarship or mobility grant (including a New Colombo Plan Mobility Program grant) while holding a New Colombo Plan Scholarship. Additionally, the applicant’s proposed program must:
-be full-time. Students who are studying part-time in Australia are eligible to apply for a Scholarship, if they are in accordance with other eligibility requirements. However, while overseas, Scholars must undertake a full-time study program (for which they will receive full credit); and
-commence between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2015. Applicants who have already commenced or will commence a study abroad or exchange program overseas prior to 1 January 2015 are not eligible to apply for a Scholarship to continue that study.

Open for International Students: Students of Australia can apply for these endowments.

Description:  The New Colombo Plan program provides opportunities for Australian undergraduates to undertake semester-based study and internships or mentorships in participating regional locations. The New Colombo Plan is a flagship initiative of the Australian Government that aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region in Australia and strengthen our people-to-people and institutional relationships, through study and Internships/Mentorships undertaken by Australian undergraduate students in the region.

Number of award(s): The maximum Number of Awards has increased to around 60 scholarships. To ensure a degree of geographic spread, an expected maximum of around 10 opportunities are likely to be awarded for study in any single eligible location.

Duration of award(s): The maximum duration of a program is 17 months.

What does it cover? A support will provide Scholars with: a travel allowance of $2,500, an establishment allowance of $2,500, a variable location-based monthly stipend of up to $2,500, health and travel insurance for the duration of their overseas program, a dedicated case manager for the duration of their program who provides services including: pre-departure briefings; advice on health and travel insurance, advice and assistance relating to accommodation; and payment of allowances; and a certificate of completion. A Scholarship may also provide: Payment of up to one Academic Year’s international tuition fees to a maximum of $15,000, payable directly to the Host Institution; and Payment of $1,000 for in-country language training fees, payable directly to the language training provider.

Selection Criteria: The following are the selection criteria against which applicants will be assessed, including their relative weighting. Applicants should address each criterion and limit their responses to 300 words per criterion. Applicants should use the guidance in the square brackets to draft their response.
-Demonstrated academic excellence (50 per cent weighting)
-Demonstrated leadership in the community (25 per cent weighting)
-The applicant describes how this experience enhances their cultural awareness, employment potential and their ability to operate in new and changing environments. The applicant also demonstrates an understanding of the overarching goals of the New Colombo Plan and how their proposed program contributes to those goals (25 per cent weighting)

Notification: In November 2014, Selections are finalized and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Education are notified of selection outcomes. All successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified of the outcome of their application.

How to Apply: Applications must be submitted through the New Colombo Plan Online application system. The application requires applicants to provide details of their proposed program (including the mandatory study component, and the Internship/Mentorship and language training components, where applicable) and the Host Location in which they intend to complete their program. The Department of Education will provide students nominated by their Home University with an application pack, including instructions on how to complete and submit an application and the required supporting documentation (including referee reports).

Application Deadline: Australian universities are requested to conduct an internal selection process and nominate students to apply for the program from 4 August to 29 August 2014 (nominations close 11.59pm AEST). Nominees’ complete applications, including supporting documentation, must be submitted from 1 September to 26 September 2014 (applications close 11.59pm AEST).

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application