Pacific research colloquium

About the Pacific Research Colloquium (PRC)

Each year the Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA) at the Australian National University brings early career social science researchers from the Pacific (including Papua and Timor-Leste) to a two-week intensive workshop in Canberra, Australia, to work with experienced researchers, develop skills for social science research in the Pacific, and present a paper on their current or proposed research.

Examples of social science research fields include law, anthropology, development studies, political science or public administration, gender studies, geography, sociology, Pacific Studies, and public health.

The PRC is part of DPA’s broader commitment to building social science research skills in the Pacific, including Papua and Timor-Leste.

Who Can Apply

We offer a limited number of scholarships to early career social science researchers from the Pacific, Papua and Timor-Leste to participate in the PRC. Scholarships cover full travel costs to and from Canberra, insurance, visa, accommodation and living expenses.

A limited number of positions may be available for:

(a) Pacific researchers funded by an institution (e.g. university, government agency, NGO), subject to agreed arrangements with DPA;

(b) Early career Australian and New Zealand researchers doing Pacific-related social science attending on a self-funded basis.

To apply to attend the PRC you need to:

  • Be currently undertaking social science research;
  • Be doing research on, or applicable to, the Pacific and;
  • Hold a passport & be eligible for an Australian visa.

You do not need to be a university graduate. We value diversity and inclusion, and particularly welcome applications from women and people with disabilities.

We do not accept applications from people who have previously attended the PRC.

The two-week program includes:

  • Intensive training on research design, methodology, methods and planning;
  • Mentoring and feedback on your research and papers;
  • Guided introductions to research resources;
  • Visit to Parliament and social events.

Successful applicants will be required to develop, submit and revise a research paper with mentorship from ANU scholars. Papers may report on research that is proposed, ongoing, or recently completed. Papers must be individually authored by the applicant.

To encourage high standard work, we offer a separate four week Visiting Fellowship to the participant from the Pacific who authors the most outstanding paper presented at the PRC. The fellowship includes an opportunity to present at the State of the Pacific Conference at ANU.

DPA also offers all interested PRC participants ongoing mentoring as they develop their research and write publications after the PRC. Participants may have the opportunity to submit papers for publication as DPA Discussion Papers or In Briefs.

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