Research capacity building

As Australia’s foremost centre for multi-disciplinary research on contemporary Melanesia, the wider Pacific and Timor-Leste, DPA is well placed to play a key role in research capacity building in the region. One of our core objectives is to train and nurture the next generation of Pacific and Timor-Leste researchers and to provide activities to build the capacity of existing researchers from the region. We have a well established range of opportunities and activities to support and mentor these researchers in their research, writing and publishing work. Specific opportunities, include:

  • professional development through individual mentoring by academic staff;
  • access to academic resources at the ANU, including academic networks, seminars, and libraries;
  • access to DPA scholars and other ANU researchers to discuss research and publishing activities; and
  • the opportunity to present research findings to academic and policy audiences in Canberra.

Pacific research colloquium

The Pacific Research Colloquium is DPA’s annual flagship research capacity building activity, and is a major part of our effort to develop research skills amongst researchers from the region.

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Pacific research fellowships

Pacific Research Fellows are awarded a salaried position at the ANU to carry out a program of research, publication and outreach.

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Pacific visitors program

DPA provides funding for a number of researchers to undertake research work at the ANU for up to six weeks.

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Have you participated in one of DPA’s capacity building programs? If so, we would welcome your feedback on your experience with us. To provide feedback, please email

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