Emma Roberts and Nick Horton will spend time in Indonesia and Japan respectively, studying and immersing themselves in a different culture.
The New Colombo Plan provides scholarships of up to $67,000 to each student to spend 1-2 semesters at an Asian University, with an optional further six months as an intern.
The awardees met with Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday before being presented with their awards by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at an official dinner at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Delivering the keynote address on behalf of all scholarship winners, Emma said she had fallen in love with Indonesia during her in-country study there last year.
“What I love most about Indonesia is the continuous hustle and bustle, the amazing hospitality of the people and the richness of Indonesia's many cultures,” she said.
As part of her combined law and Asia Pacific studies degree, Emma is keen to use her scholarship to extend her research on gender-based violence.
“I plan to spend a semester studying at Universitas Gadjah Mada and a semester conducting field research while based at Universitas Katholik Parahyangan, which fits into the Year in Asia program.
“I will then stay in Indonesia for an additional six months to undertake internships. My area of interest is the improvement of access to legal justice for victims of gender-based violence and I hope to undertake the study, research and internship components of my program in relation to this topic.
“I’m really passionate about looking at ways to improve access to justice for victims of gender-based and domestic violence in Indonesia. I’m studying Law and Indonesian, so I feel I have a skill set that I could use to contribute to make changes in Indonesia.”
Nick Horton, also a double-degree student in law and Asia-Pacific studies, will use his scholarship to undertake a year-long exchange at the University of Tokyo.
He hopes to follow that with an internship at the Japan Institute of International Affairs, or the Asahi Shimbun Newspaper.