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Women's empowerment in Indonesia

Field school opportunity: empowering Indonesian women

Receive a travel grant to spend two weeks at a field school in Indonesia, learning about women's empowerment and gender equality in this vibrant and diverse nation.

In this two-week field school over the winter holidays you'll work with government groups, NGO's and student research groups to study issues of women's empowerment in Indonesia

If you are an undergraduate student studying Asian Studies, Political Economy, Geography, Indonesian Studies, or Work and Organisational Studies (Business Studies), get involved and take your studies beyond the classroom. 

Applications for this field school are now closed.

What: A two-week field school in Indonesia over the winter holidays, studying issues of women's empowerment. You will receive academic credit for participating.

Where: Indonesia - Jakarta (Java) and Makassar (Sulawesi)

When: 9 - 20 July 2018, compulsory pre-departure training on campus from 12 - 13 June 2018

Who: Undergraduate students studying Asian Studies, Political Economy, Geography, Indonesian Studies, and Work and Organisational Studies

Why: Explore Indonesia - a richly diverse and complex country; travel as a researcher, not as a tourist; receive a AU$2500 travel grant to study one Unit of Study overseas; meet students from other disciplines...and much more!

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre has secured funding from the New Colombo Plan short-term mobility for a two-week field school in Indonesia. In this two week program, students will work in interdisciplinary teams to learn about women’s empowerment in Indonesia. The program will involve input from the Empowering Indonesian Women for Poverty Reduction Program (MAMPU), which is a joint initiative of the Indonesian and Australian governments, and its local NGO partners.

Students participating in this program will spend the first week learning about the position of women in Indonesia and the efforts of the Government of Indonesia and aid agencies to empower women. They will participate in a series of guest lectures and site visits in Jakarta, including to the MAMPU office, KOMNAS Perempuan and the Australian Embassy. Following this, students will fly to Makassar, South Sulawesi, to visit field offices of local NGOs and learn about key women’s issues in this particular location.

In the second week, students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to complete a research task based around the work of one of the MAMPU local partners. The independent research component will give students the opportunity to investigate areas of personal interest, as well as developing autonomous research and collaborative skills.

Students selected to participate in this program will be provided a AU$2500 grant to contribute towards travel, accommodation and other expenses related to the project.

Pre-departure training: 12 - 13 June 2018

Program: 9 - 20 July 2018

Indonesia - Jakarta (Java) and Makassar (Sulawesi)

Pre-departure training: Before travelling to Indonesia, you will participate in a comprehensive 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: 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.

Students will spend the first week in Jakarta learning about the position of women in Indonesia and the efforts of the Indonesian government and aid agencies to empower women. They will participate in a series of guest lectures and site visits in Jakarta, including to the MAMPU office, KOMNAS Perempuan and the Australian Embassy. Following this, students will fly to Makassar, South Sulawesi, to visit field offices of local NGOs and learn about key women’s issues in this particular location.

In the second week, students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to complete a research task based around the work of one of the MAMPU local partners. The independent research component will give students the opportunity to investigate areas of personal interest, as well as developing autonomous research and collaborative skills.

Students will cultivate knowledge on the issues related to women’s empowerment in Indonesia through interdisciplinary field-based learning experience. The 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 will enrol in accordance with their disciplinary background. Students from Work and Organisational Studies and Geography will enrol in ASNS2665: Understanding Southeast Asia and may need to take this subject as a non-major elective within their degree.

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 on 29 June 2018;
  • able to attend pre-departure training and Indonesian language training;
  • have not previously received funding for short-term New Colombo Plan mobility project;
  • Political Economy students are eligible to participate if enrolled in ECOP2619 - Development in Emerging Economies.

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria above but are still interested in this field school, please contact Dr Elisabeth Kramer elisabeth.kramer@sydney.edu.au at the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre to discuss.

Language training: AU$150
Airline travel:
AU$1000-1500
Accommodation: AU$50 per day (share basis)
Day-to-day costs within Indonesia:
AU$50-60 per day

Please note that these anticipated costs are intended as a guide. There may be additional in-country costs relating to this field school.

New Colombo Plan program funding has provided AU$2500 grants to eligible students to contribute to accommodation, travel and other in-country costs.

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

Applications for this field school are now closed.