NCP India Immersion Program

Scholarships for UNSW students to undertake a three-week India Immersion Program on ‘Politics, Society and Foreign Policy’

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has been awarded 11 New Colombo Plan (NCP) scholarships for a three-week summer intensive India Immersion Program on ‘Politics, Society and Foreign Policy’ at Jindal Global University (JGU), India from 8 - 26 January 2020.

JGU is one of India’s leading private universities with extensive experience of hosting international students from universities around the world, including the US, UK and Australia, for short-term study. The program of study will allow UNSW students to gain a first-hand, in-depth understanding of India’s domestic politics, foreign policy and major socio-economic challenges. You will engage with leading Indian experts in these areas based at JGU, and at other top Indian institutions. Students will be able to acquire a strong understanding of India’s democratic tradition, its domestic social and cultural contexts, its rise as a regional ‘Indo-Pacific’ power, and its emerging power at the global level.

The three-week program will include several field trips, including visits to institutions such as the Indian Parliament and Supreme Court.

This program is worth 6 UOC.

Eligibility Criteria

The India Immersion Program is open to UNSW students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (and students undertaking dual degrees) who are in good academic standing.

NCP Scholarship Requirements:

  • Australian Citizenship (this requirement is for the New Colombo Mobility Grant that is associated with this program).
  • Valid Australian Passport until at minimum 31 August 2020.
  • Have not previously received an NCP mobility grant.


Students who meet the eligibility criteria outlined above should submit their application documents and expression of interest to Professor Marc Williams by no later than 5.00 pm on Tuesday 8 October 2019.

The application documents must include:

  1. Academic Transcript (downloaded from myUNSW and current as of August 2020).
  2. A short (1-2 page) CV/resume.
  3. A one-page summary of your reasons for undertaking this program.

Important Dates

Date Activity
8 October 2019 Application Deadline
14 October 2019 Successful candidates will be notified
21 October 2019 Information Meeting for Successful Candidates
28 October 2019 Successful candidates need to lodge their visa applications and start the vaccination process
21 November 2019 Pre-Departure Briefing
7 January 2020 Departure for India
8 - 26 January 2020 India Immersion Program hosted by Jindal Global University
26/27 January 2020 Depart for Australia
24 February 2020 Debriefing and submission of final assignment


Approximate Costs and New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Grants


This internship is supported in part by New Colombo Plan mobility grants of $2,000 per student. This grant covers most (though not all) costs associated with the India Immersion Program. Costs covered by the scholarship include:

  • Tuition at JGU
  • Accommodation and meals during the program of study
  • Airport transfers in India
  • Transportation to and from field trips/ site visits

Additional costs that can vary (and are the responsibility of the student) are:

  • Police and Medical clearances required
  • Visas
  • Vaccinations
  • Any other incidental costs (e.g. laundry, phone calls, leisure activities during free time)

You are responsible for arranging and paying your own flights, ensuring that you arrive by Tuesday 7 January 2019. The short course will last three weeks and ends on Sunday 26 or Monday 27 January 2020 (depending on return flight).

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a cross-cultural awareness module.