Research capacity building

As Australia’s foremost centre for multi-disciplinary research on contemporary Melanesia and the wider Pacific, 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 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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