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Call for Applications: SEI’s 2020 Honours Research Fellowship

Are you a University of Sydney student applying for Honours in 2020? Are you interested in researching the impacts of climate change on society and the environment? Apply for an SEI sponsored Honours Research Fellowship.

Applications are now open.

The Sydney Environment Institute welcomes applications for our 2020 Honours Research Fellowship programme. Our Honours Research Fellowships are awarded to outstanding undergraduates who have been accepted to study Honours in 2020. The successful applicants will receive a bursary towards research costs at $2000, mentoring from our network of researchers and the opportunity to create content for SEI’s blog.

As a cross-disciplinary research Institute, SEI aims to broaden and develop public discourse on climate change and other significant environmental issues. While our research is predominately based in the humanities and social sciences, multidisciplinarity is core to our research mission and applications are open to students in any discipline across the University of Sydney.

The successful applicants will be:

If you are interested in applying, please send an email to the SEI’s Deputy Director Michelle St Anne [michelle.stanne@sydney.edu.au], with the subject heading ‘Application for 2019 Honours Research Fellowship’. Applications close December 19, 2019. Your email must include a completed copy of the 2020 Honours Fellowship Application Form.

The body of your email should consist of a brief personal introduction and with details on your current Degree and status, your major(s) and department or school, and your Honours Supervisor (if known). Please note that the Institute is not responsible for finding you a supervisor.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted once Honours positions have been awarded by University Faculties.

Along with your application form, please attach (in Word or PDF format):

  • Proof that you have applied/ been accepted to undertake Honours in semester 1, 2020. This can include a copy of your acceptance letter, or evidence of your pending application.
  • A copy of your most recent academic transcript (it does not need to be a certified copy).
  • Your CV with details on your academic/non-academic achievements.
  • A writing sample of (no more than 500 words). This can include an extract from a past essay, and it does not need to be on an environmental topic, as it will be used to gauge writing.

Please note that this fellowship opportunity is only available to University of Sydney Students. 


Being an Honours Research Fellow at the Sydney Environment Institute was the highlight of my Honours year. The SEI family provided me with research support, resources to undertake my research and even emotional support and motivation during the tough times. It was invaluable to have access to academics and SEI staff who provided me with pointers on what direction to take my research in and what methods to use. If you are interested in climate change, justice or sustainability, I really encourage you to apply for the Honours Research Fellowship. I couldn’t be happier with my experience there.

– Alice Simpson-Young, 2018 Honours Research Fellow, Department of Government and International Relations.

2020 Honours Fellowship Application Form