Australian Embassy

New Colombo Plan 2017 Scholars Announced


29 November 2016


The Australian Government will provide prestigious New Colombo Plan scholarships to 13 talented Australian youth to live, study and intern in Japan in 2017.

New Colombo Plan 2017 Japan scholars will study a broad range of disciplines including Bachelor of Science, Criminology, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Asia Pacific Studies at Keio, Waseda and Meiji Universities.

They will also gain invaluable practical experience of Japanese and multinational workplaces through internships and mentorships with organisations such as Tokyo National Museum, the World Health Organisation, Japan Children Social Work Association - Piasupo.

New Colombo Plan 2017 Japan scholars include:

  • Melissa Vogt (Fellow)
  • Heath Gabbett
  • Jesse Tucek
  • Thomas Keogh
  • Bonnie McLean
  • Vivian Wang
  • Raymart Walker
  • Amanda Gunawan
  • Sarah Brasier
  • Jane Tearle
  • Stephanie Newman
  • Kate Goodfruit
  • Eloise Adsett

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

Ambassador Bruce Miller said New Colombo Plan Japan scholars are among Australia’s best and brightest youth and have demonstrated academic excellence, community engagement and a strong commitment to engaging with the people of Japan.

“I am delighted that the New Colombo Plan will deepen the bonds of friendship, understanding and opportunity between Australia and Japan through our 2017 scholars,” he said.

“I am sure that our scholars’ experiences and the friendships and professional connections they make will shape them and Australia’s engagement with Japan for many years to come,” Ambassador Miller said.

New Colombo Plan 2017 scholars will join more than 7,400 New Colombo Plan mobility grant recipients in 2017, taking the total number of students supported by the NCP in its first four years to 17,500.