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Scholarships and prizes

Financial support for students studying Southeast Asia

A scholarship or prize can give you the financial independence to concentrate on your studies. Find out which scholarships are available, when they’re open, and how to apply.

Various sources of funding are available if you are studying topics on or related to Southeast Asia at the University of Sydney. Browse the scholarships below, including our annual Honours Scholarship, funding for doctoral fieldwork, financial support to undertake international exchange and travel, and funding through the Department of Indonesian Studies.

Scholarships and prizes

Applications are now closed.

For: Commencing or continuing students intending to enrol in an honours program at the University of Sydney, whose research will relate to one or more Southeast Asian country.
How much: Five scholarships worth $2000 each
How long: One year
Eligibility: To be eligible, applicants need to:

  • apply for entry to the University of Sydney commencing in the following year
  • enrol in an honours program at the University of Sydney, which must involve an additional year to a standard undergraduate degree
  • be researching a topic related to one or more Southeast Asian country
  • have a distinction average during their undergraduate studies
  • be either a local student (an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or permanent resident of Australia) or an international student who has completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney.

Change of study load: If you change your enrolment to part-time study you will only be eligible for the scholarship if medical reasons for such a change are cited.

Termination: The scholarship will be terminated if the recipient:

  • withdraws from the honours degree program
  • enrols part-time without prior approval
  • fails to meet the required annual average mark of 75; or
  • changes the focus of their research to a country or issue outside of Southeast Asia.

Background: The Doctoral Fieldwork in Southeast Asia Scholarship was established in 2013 through a donation to the Asian Studies Program by Gillian Green.

For: Doctoral students undertaking fieldwork that relates directly to their research, and the associated costs of this fieldwork, in Southeast Asia.

How much: Maximum $3000. The scholarship may be held in conjunction with any other postgraduate award and will be in the form of a travel grant or a grant-in-aid.

Eligibility: This scholarship supports doctoral students conducting fieldwork in Southeast Asia that is essential to their research. The award is open to you if you are a full-time or part-time students from any facuilty, but your research needs to be in the fields of art, architecture and/or visual culture.

Research ethics clearance: Applicants may need to demonstrate that they have approval from the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee (or equivalent) for their intended fieldwork.

Background: Scholarships offered by Sydney Abroad

For: All currently enrolled undergraduate and postgraduate students

How much: Valued at $10,000 each, we offer up to 350 scholarships a year

How long: Short-term and semester-long programs.

Eligibility: You need to have a credit average (65 percent or higher) over the most recent 48 credit points you have completed in your current course. You need to be enrolled full time at the University of Sydney while you study on exchange, and any classes you enrol in at your host university need to be approved by your faculty so they can be credited towards your Sydney degree.

Selection times: May/June for exchanges commencing in the second half of the year; October/November for exchanges commencing in the first half of the following year.

Further information: Sydney Abroad:, +61 2 8627 8322, or visit the study abroad and student exchange website.

Background: This scholarship aims to promote international understanding and advance your academic development by enabling you to spend part of your degree studying in an approved overseas institution.

How much: One awarded each year to the value of $5000.

How long: One semester.

Eligibility: Full-time students who are Australian citizens who are enrolled in their later years of an undergraduate degree (excluding honours). Preference will be given to students who wish to undertake their studies at an institution in Asia.

Further information: Scholarships and Financial Support Service.

There are a number of prizes, scholarships and other financial support available to students within the Department of Indonesian Studies.

Applications for 2016-17 are now closed

Did you submit your honours thesis in 2016? If so, you may be eligible for the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre’s inaugural Honours Thesis Award. As part of our ongoing efforts to promote the study of Southeast Asia, we are launching an Honours Thesis Award to celebrate the commitment and contribution made by undergraduate scholars to better understanding our region.

The successful student will receive an AU$500 book voucher.

It will be awarded for excellence in Southeast Asia-related research, and granted for the thesis that best meets the following criteria:

  • Theoretical robustness
  • Lucid writing
  • Clarity of structure
  • Strength and consistency of argument
  • Depth of research, preferably employing sources written in a Southeast Asian language
  • Originality and contribution to your field


The Honours Thesis Award is open to students from any academic discipline. Students who completed honours in 2016 are eligible for this award. In addition, please ensure you meet the following criteria for award:

  • Enrolled in an Australian tertiary institution
  • Honours thesis must be on a topic related to Southeast Asia. For the purposes of this award, the countries of Southeast Asia include: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam
  • Honours thesis must incorporate a substantial piece of independent research, including an individual thesis of at least 12,000 words
  • Honours thesis must have been submitted in 2016
  • Conditions for the award of Honours have been met and examiner’s reports have been received

How to apply

Please send your application to the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre to along with the following documentation:

  • Application form
  • Thesis abstract
  • Completed full thesis
  • All examiner reports
  • University transcript
  • Academic letter of support (this can be provided by your supervisor or another academic familiar with your research)

Please include 'Application for Honours Thesis Award 2016-17' in the subject line of your email.

Applications will be considered by our Executive Committee. Only complete applications will be accepted. Where necessary, the Executive Committee will solicit advice from a disciplinary expert on the quality of the thesis.

The University of Sydney also offers hundreds of scholarships to help undergraduate and postgraduate students achieve their study goals. Find out more about general scholarships and prizes on offer.