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Disability and Inclusion in Indonesia

SSEAC interdisciplinary field school

Receive a $3000 travel grant to spend two weeks on a field school in the richly diverse country of Indonesia studying issues related to disability and inclusion.

Working with University of Sydney and Indonesian academics, NGOs, advocacy groups and inclusion-focused communities, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by people with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities or those with mental health issues in Indonesia.

Through site visits and field work you will see first-hand the different approaches taken towards issues of disability and inclusion at a community, regional and national level. You will also have the opportunity to develop and undertake a multidisciplinary research project where you dig deeper into an area of your interest by using research, experiences from the field school and your own field work. 

If you're an undergraduate student studying History and Philosophy of Science, Psychology, Sociology or Humanitarian Engineering, get involved in this amazing opportunity for real-world research on a topic that matters.

Applications for this field school are now closed.

What? A two-week field school in Indonesia over the summer holidays, studying issues related to disability and inclusion. Students will receive academic credit for participating.

Where? Jakarta and Yogyakarta (Java, Indonesia)

When? 3-14 December 2018 in Indonesia; compulsory pre-departure training on campus 5-6 November 2018 (during STUVAC).

Who? Undergraduate students from History and Philosophy of Science, Psychology, Sociology and Humanitarian Engineering

Why? Explore Indonesia- a richly diverse and complex country; travel as a researcher, not as a tourist; receive a $3000 travel grant to study one subject overseas, meet students from other departments… and many more!

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC) has secured funding from the New Colombo Plan (NCP) short term mobility program from 2017–2019 for an annual two week field school in Indonesia. In this two week program, students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to learn about disability and inclusion in Indonesia.

The program will involve academics from the University of Sydney and partners from NGOs and Indonesian Universities that research and support people with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities or mental health issues in Indonesia.

Students participating in this program will spend the first week learning about different approaches to disability including legal issues, access to treatment and support, social and cultural attitudes to disability, and key topics for disability advocacy. Students will also visit centres for assistive technology development and implementation and discuss design possibilities for people with disabilities. They will participate in a series of guest lectures and site visits in Jakarta and Yogjakarta in Java, Indonesia.

In the second week, students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to complete an independent research task. This independent research component will give students the opportunity to investigate areas of personal interest, as well as developing autonomous research and collaborative skills.

Pre-departure training: 5-6 November 2018

Program: 3-14 December 2018

Location: Jakarta and Yogyakarta (Java, Indonesia)

Pre-departure training: Before travelling to Indonesia, you will participate in a 2 full day study program that includes background study of Indonesia and basic information about the cultural landscape, exposure to interdisciplinary methodologies, intercultural training and language study (in Indonesian).

In-country field school: In-country field school activities. The first week will be directed, while in the second week students will conduct their independent group research projects and spend time with a specific NGO or advocacy group of their choice.

Students will cultivate knowledge on the issues related to disability and inclusion in Indonesia through this interdisciplinary field-based learning experience. This program will expose students to challenges and rewards of working in interdisciplinary teams, and enhance your negotiation and communication skills. It will also allow students to develop insight into the challenges associated with critically analysing real-world situations and taking a holistic approach to problem solving.

Students from Asian Studies, Psychology, Sociology and Humanitarian Engineering will receive 6 credit points for this unit by enrolling in ASNS2665: Understanding Southeast Asia. Students must have space in their degree for an additional 6 credit points subject.

Students from History and Philosophy of Science will receive 6 credit points through the Faculty of Science.

Further details will be provided to successful candidates. If you have questions about enrolment, please contact

To be eligible you must be:

  • an Australian citizen. Applicants with dual citizenship are eligible, however they must undertake their study in a third country, of which they are not a citizen.
  • enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program at the University of Sydney.
  • between 18 and 28 years of age.
  • ability to attend pre-departure training and Indonesian language training.
  • have not previously received funding through a New Colombo Plan project.

If you do not meet this criteria but are still interested in participating in this program without a grant please contact Dr Elisabeth Kramer to discuss (



Anticipated costs

Language training

150 AUD

Airline travel

1000-1500 AUD


50 AUD per day (share basis)

Day-to-day costs within Indonesia

50-60 AUD  per day


Please note that the anticipated costs are intended as a guide. There may be additional in-country costs relating to this field school. The NCP grant is intended to support students, but not necessarily cover all costs.

New Colombo Plan program funding has provided $3000 grants to students to contribute to accommodation, travel and other in-country costs.

You are also encouraged to explore funding opportunities through the OS-HELP scheme.

SSEAC is partnering with the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice 2 (AIJP2) for this field school. 

AIJP2 is a five-year program (2017-2021) that aims to strengthen justice and security reform through dialogue and capacity development in areas identified as priorities by both governments. AIPJ2 promotes respect for legal rights, tolerance and social inclusion.

Applications are now closed.