2023 New Colombo Plan Scholars announced


Seven Macquarie students are preparing to make the journey of a lifetime after being named among the 2023 cohort of New Colombo Plan Scholars.

The prestigious New Colombo Plan (NCP) is an Australian Government initiative and scholar program that fosters connections in the Indo-Pacific by offering young Australians the chance to study and engage with the region. In addition to receiving up to $50,000 to support their participation in the study abroad program, recipients are given the opportunity to undertake a wide range of career development opportunities, including internships, mentorships and language training.

Macquarie is thrilled to have seven of its undergraduate students named among the elite cohort of New Colombo Scholars for 2023 by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Facilitated by the University’s mobility team, our students received bespoke coaching and support in applying for the highly competitive program.

Macquarie is proud to see our 2023 NCP scholars representing such a diverse range of study disciplines, with majors spanning security studies, law, political economy, and earth and environmental sciences.

Meet our 2023 New Colombo Plan Scholars

  • Jackson Bradney, Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy)/Bachelor of Laws, will be traveling to New Caledonia to study law at the University of Nouvelle Calédonie. Jackson will also receive language training in Kanak and French, and undertake an internship with the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Human Rights and Social Development Group in Timor-Leste.
  • Nidhi Chowkira, Bachelor of Arts (Political Economy)/Bachelor of Laws, will be going to India to study law at the National Law School of India University in Bengaluru. Nidhi will also be interning with the Centre for Law and Policy Research and Infosys in India, and at the Australian High Commission and international law firms in Malaysia.
  • Charlotte Greet, Bachelor of Arts (Political Economy)/Bachelor of Laws, will travel to Vanuatu to study law at the University of the South Pacific (Emalus Campus), in addition to receiving language training in Bislama and Nauruan. Charlotte will also be completing internships with the Vanuatu Women’s Centre and at the Office of Human Rights in Nauru.
  • Joseph Lewellyn Mayer, Bachelor of Security Studies/Bachelor of Laws, will study international humanitarian law and anti-human trafficking at the Royal University of Law and Economics in Cambodia, as well as language training in Khmer at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Joseph is set to receive a mentorship from INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau and will undertake internships with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Australian Embassy in Cambodia and Legal Aid of Cambodia.
  • Claudia Wijaya, Bachelor of Arts (Political Economy)/Bachelor of Laws, will travel to Indonesia to study international law at Universitas Gadjah Mada, as well as receive training in the country’s official language, Bahasa Indonesia. She will be interning at Mitra Wacana in Yogyakarta, an organisation aimed at supporting justice and gender equality with a particular focus on women’s rights, and at LBH Masyarakat in Jakarta, a free legal aid service for underprivileged and marginalised communities. Claudia is also set to be mentored by Lia Marpaung, Gender, Disability and Social Inclusion Adviser at DFAT’s Indonesia Australia Awards.





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  1. Also special shoutout and honorable mention to Kyle McIndoe too!

  2. A huge congratulations to our 2023 New Colombo Plan Scholars for Macquarie University! We are community-led, and our success would have not happened without the cross-functional efforts between our MQ NCP Scholar Mentors, the MQ Student Mobility Team, and the Scholars themselves.

    Special shoutout and honorable mentions in no particular order goes to: Harine Somasundaram, Paul Kaletsis, Vishishta Ramanathan, Kingston Wong, Anna Williams, Ryan Murray, Sana Ali, Ziyan Tejani, Fatima Saad, Manar Al-Ogaidi, Max Gale, Suraya Newell, Liam Holt, and Roanne Gonzales whom have all been instrumental in this process.

    1. Congratulations also to Joshua Cocks for fulfilling his 2022 Ambassadorial Term for the NCP!

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