Our research


The cornerstone of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre is our research excellence. Scholars working on Southeast Asia specialise in an extraordinary range of disciplines across the spectrum, from history to law and political science, and from agriculture to medicine and veterinary science.

The breadth of disciplinary focus is matched by the spectrum of research topics studied at Sydney, which range from human rights and social movements to health and natural resource management, to linguistics and literature, among others.

We support research about Southeast Asia in a number of ways:

  • showcasing University of Sydney academics’ work in the region;
  • supporting disciplinary experts with an interest in Southeast Asia;
  • bringing academics and practitioners together to generate new research opportunities.

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY: University of Sydney Fellowship Scheme

The University of Sydney Fellowships aim to attract outstanding early career researchers to the University of Sydney to contribute to and enhance its research strengths and culture.

Why join us?
Applications are welcome and encouraged from any discipline, faculty or research area. A particular objective of the 2017 round, however, is to attract talented recent doctoral graduates who can contribute to our whole-of-university multidisciplinary initiatives, broadly construed. Recipients of the University of Sydney Fellowships will be members of the Sydney Society of Fellows, and will be affiliated to a faculty and one of the Centres (Sydney Southeast Asia Centre).

The University of Sydney Fellowships will be available from January 2017 for a maximum duration of three years, with a starting salary at Level A8 of the University’s Academic salary scale and research support of A$25,000.

How to apply

  1. Read the University of Sydney Fellowship guidelines
  2. Find a University of Sydney academic sponsor who is field-appropriate for you and contact them directly
  3. After sponsor approval is obtained, complete an Expression of Interest and submit to the Centre Director ()
  4. Await approval from the Centre Director (or nominated representative)
  5. Apply online
  6. Note: You should not commence an online application until you have been endorsed by the Centre Director
  7. A confidential referee report must be sent to by 25th July 2016

Click here for guidelines and other accompanying documentation.

CLOSING DATE: 25th July 2016. Please note: Applicants must submit the Expression of Interest to the Centre Director or nominated representative by 17th June 2016.