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Honours Bootcamp

A professional development program for students studying Southeast Asia

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre hosts an annual Honours Bootcamp for students around Australia enrolled in an Honours program related to Southeast Asia.

Who: Honours students with research relating to Southeast Asia
When: 24-27 June 2019
Where: ABS Seminar Room 1080, Abercrombie Business School, The University of Sydney

Over four days at the University of Sydney, participants of the SSEAC Honours Bootcamp will engage in a range of workshops, seminars, discussions and group activities designed to help them complete their Honours research project and plan for life after Honours.

Students will hear from successful Honours graduates about tips for thesis success, publishing from your Honours thesis, and the practicalities of surviving Honours. Participants will also learn from scholars and professionals working in Southeast Asia-related positions about what academia is REALLY like, how to make strategic choices early, and how to pivot from research to a profession.

As part of the bootcamp, participants are required to prepare a conference presentation before arrival, with a prize awarded to the student who delivers the best presentation. They are also required to attend the SSEAC early career researcher conference on 24 June 2019 at the University of Sydney.

"The Bootcamp was a great and challenging learning experience that has helped open my eyes to what is ahead of me in my honours year and pushed me to be more on top of my studies."

- Honours Bootcamp 2018 participant


To participate in this program, students must:

  • be enrolled in an Honours program at an Australian University;
  • be a SSEAC student member (free to join);
  • be conducting research on any of the countries within Southeast Asia, or Southeast Asia as a region;
  • be available to attend all scheduled activities, including the SSEAC early career researcher conference (Monday 24 June) and the Honours Bootcamp (Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 June inclusive)
  • prepare a 5 minute presentation based on their Honours project;
  • submit a 1-page outline of their Honours project and plan;
  • submit a letter of recommendation from their supervisor.

Students from universities other than the University of Sydney are welcome to attend, however, priority will be given to University of Sydney students. 


We offer twenty students grants of up to AU$1000 (depending on place of residence) to travel to Sydney to participate in the program. The grant can be used for travel, accommodation and any other costs associated with participation.

State of residence Grant
NSW (outside Sydney), ACT                AU$500                           
WA, NT, TAS AU$1000

Please note: You will be notified in advance about a successful grant application, however bursaries will not be disbursed until the week before the Bootcamp. Therefore, students applying for funding must be able to cover their travel costs up front.

How to apply

Applications are now closed.