Pacific research colloquium

About the Pacific Research Colloquium (PRC)

Each year the Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA) at the Australian National University (ANU) brings together early career social science researchers from the Pacific for an intensive workshop series to develop skills for social science research in the Pacific. In 2021 the Pacific Research Colloquium (PRC) will be delivered online, from Monday 22 November – Tuesday 7 December. Participants will receive intensive introductory training on research design, methodology, methods and planning. In addition to this, participants will have the opportunity to take a selection of new micro-credentialed courses on Pacific politics, security and development which can be credited towards two new academic programs at the ANU, namely the Master of Pacific Development and the Graduate Certificate of Pacific Development. The PRC is part of DPA’s broader commitment to building social science research skills in the Pacific. The PRC is funded by the Australian Government through the Pacific Research Program.

This is a free program. Successful applicants will have their course fees covered by a scholarship and will receive data to ensure they can participate in the online sessions.

Who Can Apply

We are inviting applications from Pacific Island students, researchers, development practitioners and professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to research and for whom enhanced research skills will directly impact on their work in academia, civil society, government or news media. Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Island citizens with Pacific Island heritage are all welcome to apply.

Applicants should have either:

  • A Tertiary qualification in a humanities or social sciences subject (including political science, history, anthropology, sociology, geography and economics, among others); and/or

  • Five years’ full-time professional experience in civil society or governmental sectors. Applicants do not need to be university graduates.

  • The application deadline is 15 October 2021. Successful applicants will be notified by 29 October 2021.

Applicants in doubt as to whether they qualify should contact Dr Thiago Oppermann at

How to apply

Applicants should provide a 2-5 page response that sets out as applicable:

  • Previous research experience;

  • A brief account of ongoing or recently completed research;

  • A short proposal concerning research they wish to undertake;

  • A brief account of ongoing NGO or government project work that involves or requires research; and

  • A statement about how participation in the Pacific Research Colloquium would help advance their career, research training or professional development.

Applicant responses will be assessed in terms of their engagement with issues pertaining to Pacific politics, security and development, originality and clarity of purpose. Responses should be submitted to Department of Pacific Affairs at by 11:59pm on 15 October 2021 (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

Applicants must also complete the application form here -

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