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Funding and scholarships

Funding overseas study

External and internal UniSC grants and OS Help loans are available for assistance with travel and in-country living costs.

Current travel grants include:
  • NCPSEM Japan: Undergraduate. Multidisciplinary *

For more information contact Study Overseas.

* To be eligible, applicants must meet the funding body’s eligibility requirements. A limited number of grants are available and availability is subject to change at any time.


OS-HELP is a Commonwealth Government loan program that provides financial assistance to eligible students wishing to undertake part of their Commonwealth Supported program overseas.

In 2023, the maximum you can borrow for a six-month study period is:

    • A$7,348 (if you do not study in Asia); or
    • A$8,817 if you study in Asia; Plus an extra A$1,172 if you do Asian language study in preparation for study in Asia.

For more information contact Student Central.

New Colombo Plan Scholarship

This prestigious and generous Australian Government Scholarship provides funding support for eligible Australian undergraduate students to undertake semester-based study, internships/mentorships and language training in 40 participating Indo-Pacific locations.

For more information, visit the NCP Scholarship Program webpage.

Contact the Global Mobility Team

** To be nominated to apply, applicants must meet both UniSC's and the funding body’s eligibility requirements. This is a competitive Scholarship and a limited number are offered each year.

New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Grants up to A$3,000 

UniSC has been awarded a range of mobility grants for specified short term mobility programs by the Australian Government under the New Colombo Plan program. Short Term Mobility Programs are usually run by an UniSC academic as part of a course and these opportunities will be promoted by the academic to students.

How to apply?

You do not need to apply for an NCP Mobility Grant.

Once you are selected by the academic to participate in the Short Term Mobility Program for which UniSC received NCP funding, you will be invited by the Global Mobility team to complete an NCP Eligibility form. This will allow us to determine your eligibility for the grant.

You will be advised if you have been successful in receiving a grant and of any conditions attached via a Letter of Offer.

Payment of your grant will be made to you prior to your departure on your Short Term Mobility Program, where you have accepted your Letter of Offer and fulfilled the conditions listed.

Eligibility Criteria

There are rules and conditions associated with the NCP Mobility Grants. These are set out in the NCP Mobility Grant guidelines applicable for the year the funding was awarded. However, in general the eligibility criteria to receive a mobility grant are:

  • Undertaking an Undergraduate program (Bachelor or Honours) at UniSC
  • Must be an Australian citizen
  • Age limit 18-28 yrs at commencement of mobility project (applies to 70% of participants). 30% allowance for participants over 28 yrs per project.
  • Students cannot receive a Student Grant to undertake a Mobility Project 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
  • Not have previously received an NCP short term grant
  • Must obtain credit for course in which overseas travel is a component

Note, where there are more students participating in a Short-Term Mobility Program than available grants, additional eligibility criteria may apply.

What destinations are grants available?

The New Colombo Plan supports study opportunities in the Indo-Pacific region.

In the past we have received grants for the following destinations and disciplines:

  • Brunei Darussalam: Environmental Science
  • Cambodia / Laos - Free the Bears: Animal Ecology, Environmental Science, PR, Tourism, Design, Engineering, Journalism
  • Cambodia: Sustainability, Agriculture, Environment
  • China: Social Sciences programs and electives
  • India: Urban Design and Planning, Social Sciences, Engineering, Creative Industries
  • Indonesia: Nursing, Nutrition, Multidisciplinary 
  • Japan: Language and culture
  • Kiribati: Nutrition
  • Nepal: Nursing, Multidisciplinary Health, Urban Planning, Science and Engineering, Business, Education (WFE)
  • Samoa: High Performance Sport program, Multidisciplinary
  • Singapore: Outdoor Environmental Education (WFE)
  • Solomon Islands: Nutrition
  • Thailand: Business, Tourism
  • Vanuatu: Occupational Therapy, Nutrition, Heritage studies