5 December 2017


Member for Curtin Julie Bishop MP has announced that a University student from the Curtin electorate has been awarded an Australian Government scholarship to live, study and intern in the Indo-Pacific.

Hayley Winchcombe from Crawley has won one of only 120 prestigious 2018 New Colombo Plan scholarships awarded across Australia to support our nation’s best and brightest to engage with our region.

Hayley, a Bachelor of Philosophy Honours student from the University of Western Australia will study politics and Asia-Pacific studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore for eight months and intern in Singapore, Cambodia and Thailand.

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and intern in the region.

“New Colombo Plan scholars are among Australia’s most talented emerging leaders – they have demonstrated academic excellence, exceptional leadership in their communities, and a firm commitment to engaging with the Indo-Pacific region.” Minister Bishop said.

“During their scholarships, they will build connections with their peers, get real-life work experience and boost their employability in the graduate job market. They will return to Australia with a deeper understanding of our region and form part of an Indo-Pacific literate, next-generation workforce”.

New Colombo Plan 2018 scholars were announced this week by Minister Bishop and Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham.

The 2018 scholars come from all Australian states and territories. Scholarship applications were received from 37 Australian universities and scholars from 33 universities were successful in the application process.

“The 2018 New Colombo Plan scholars represent the diversity of the Australian community. They include Indigenous Australians, recent migrants, students from rural and regional Australia, those with English as a second language and who are the first in their family to attend university,” Minister Bishop said.

In its first five years, the Government has awarded 434 New Colombo Plan scholarships for exceptional students to undertake study and work-based placements in up to 40 locations in the Indo-Pacific region.

The NCP scholars will join more than 13,000 New Colombo Plan mobility grant recipients in 2018, taking the total number of students supported by the NCP in its first five years to more than 30,000 students.