LLCL students take off with New Colombo Plan scholarships

Awardees at the New Colombo Plan scholarship presentation.
Awardees at the New Colombo Plan scholarship presentation.

This week, four Monash University students have been named as prestigious New Colombo Plan Fellows, while a further five have been awarded scholarships. The scholarships, an initiative of the Australian government, give undergraduate students the opportunity to spend up to one year in an Indo Pacific location.

Japanese Studies student Alexander McLeish was named the Japan Fellow (formerly Kishi Fellow) to Japan, one of the highest awards available under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s New Colombo Plan (NCP) scholarship program.

Alex will spend six months of his fellowship studying Japanese Law at the University of Tokyo, and a further six months as an intern at a leading Tokyo law firm. The valuable experience and immersion in Japanese culture will provide him with extensive networking opportunities in the Japanese legal sector.

Iain Payne, also studying a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws, will spend his New Colombo Plan fellowship year at the Kathmandu School of Law in Nepal. Iain will also spend time at the Nepal National Human Rights Commission, gaining first-hand insight into Nepalese policy and law.

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science student Carly Wadsworth will pursue her humanitarian career goals in Cambodia, where she will spend six months at the University of Cambodia. Carly is passionate about working with refugees and those who have experienced conflict and trauma. As a volunteer with a non-government organisation, the aspiring psychologist will work closely with vulnerable Cambodian children to educate them on their rights.

President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO congratulated the recipients on their ambition and determination to broaden their education outside Australia.

“Monash University and the New Colombo Plan program are both strongly committed to global education. The University is exceptionally proud of these students and their passion to work alongside their international peers,” she said.

“The New Colombo Plan scholarships will further equip our students with experiences and attributes that will help them make a meaningful impact, both in Australia and overseas.”

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