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From 26 November until 7 December DPA hosted 21 early career researchers from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu, for the 2018 Pacific Research Colloquium (PRC).
For almost a decade DPA has had the privilege of convening the annual PRC. With funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), scholarships are awarded to early career researchers from the Pacific to participate in intensive training in social science research methods at the ANU. The PRC is unique because it supports emerging researchers regardless of their educational attainment, current employment, or affiliation.
Participants range from high school graduates to doctoral students, who may be working with international non-government organisations or within government ministries.
The two week Pacific Research Colloquium program included:
» Intensive introductory training on research design, methodology, methods and planning;
» Mentoring and feedback on research and papers;
» Guided introductions to research resources.
The networks that develop among the PRC participants are significant and enduring. Alumni actively share information, opportunities, and ideas through social media and in person. PRC alumni come to be at the centre of research networks that link Pacific institutions and agencies with researchers at the ANU.
The PRC also complements and extends other DPA activities such as the annual State of the Pacific Conference, the Pacific Visitor Program, and capacity-building at universities in the region.