Saturday, August 16, 2014

Applications now open for 2015 Pacific Research Colloquium

Applications are now open for the 2015 Pacific Research Colloquium (PRC) which will be hosted by the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) program at the Australian National University (ANU) from January 26 – February 5, 2015.

The event is held every year and brings early career researchers from the Pacific (including Papua and Timor Leste) for two weeks of intensive research skills development work.

A limited number of scholarships are offered to early career researchers from the Pacific to participate at the 2015 colloquium.

The scholarship will include full travel costs to and from Canberra and living expenses for the duration of the stay.

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, you need to:

Be currently undertaking social science research;
Be doing research on or applicable to the Pacific;
Hold a valid passport, and;
Be eligible for an Australian visa.
Australian and New Zealand (NZ) early career researchers who are doing social research on the Pacific, Papua or Timor Leste can attend the colloquium on a self-funded basis.

Social science research fields include anthropology, developmental studies, political science or public administration, gender studies, geography, sociology, public health, Pacific studies or law.

The program will include:

intensive training on designing, conducting and writing reports on research projects;
scholars providing mentoring and feedback on research projects and papers;
guided instruction to research resources, with;
a visits to the Australian parliament and social events.
The program also encourages high standard of work by offering a separate four week visiting fellowship to the participant who authors the best paper. He /she will also be privileged to have the opportunity to present at the SSGM flagship event – the State of the Pacific Conference.

Applications will close on 24 August, 2014 and successful applicants will be notified by September 15, 2014.

They will then be required to submit a full first draft paper by 3 November 2014. Final award of the Scholarship will depend on SSGM receiving the draft paper by the due date. We will send mentor’s comments on the first draft. Then we will require a second draft of the paper, taking account of the mentor’s comments, to be sent to us by a date (to be advised) in January 2015. Air travel tickets will not be provided until we receive that second draft.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Peta Hill on +61 2 6125 1527  or emailing Information is also available online