A space for collaboration
We provide innovative platforms and fellowships to approach and solve problems, such as huddles, ultimate peer reviews, pop-up research labs and more.

SSSHARC advances collaborative partnerships through its visiting fellowship programs and other initiatives. We are particularly interested in projects that are strategically aimed at industry, philanthropic or international funding opportunities and would include the University of Sydney as an administering or partner organisation.

Hunt-Simes Institute in Sexuality Studies (HISS)

Launched in 2023, HISS is a summer intensive in sexuality studies at the University of Sydney that is timed to coincide with Sydney Mardi Gras.

HISS brings together outstanding early career researchers from around the world to undertake workshops and work with international research leaders from across the full breadth of the humanities and social sciences. 

HISS is not like other expert masterclasses. HISS is a collective attempt to reimagine the classroom—and pedagogy—from a queer perspective. The emphasis is on creativity, collaboration and play, as well as the provision of real-world graduate training in an interdisciplinary environment in which queerness is assumed rather than included.

In 2024, HISS took the theme Queer Relationality. 

HISS is codirected by Professor Lee Wallace (Director of the Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre, aka SSSHARC) and Dr Victoria Rawlings (Sydney School of Education and Social Work). The HISS 2024 teaching cohort included:

  • Dr Tyler Bradway, English (SUNY, Cortland)
  • Associate Professor Adam Greteman, Art Education (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) 
  • Dr Xavier Ho, Interaction Design (Monash University)
  • Professor Yuko Itatsu, Information Studies (University of Tokyo)
  • Professor Pamela Lannutti, Human Sexuality Studies (Widener University)
  • Dr Sam Stiegler, Education (Wesleyan University)
  • Dr Martín Torres, Geography (University of Chile)
  • Professor Amy Villarejo, Film, Television and Digital Media (UCLA)
  • Dr Indigo Willing, Criminology and Criminal Justice (Griffith University

We invite PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and early career faculty within 5 years of PhD conferral to apply. We welcome applicants from all disciplinary backgrounds and engage a very broad understanding of sexuality studies that includes LGBTQI+ studies, queer studies, trans studies and their cognate fields.

Applications for HISS 2025 will open in July/August. Please follow us on X for updates.


The SSSHARC Visiting Fellows program brings together outstanding researchers of international standing to enhance research in humanities and social sciences at the University of Sydney. 

These SSSHARC visiting fellowships are for outstanding international or Australian-based humanities researchers who wish to collaborate with researchers from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.

How to apply

Applications for SSSHARC Visiting Fellowships 2025 have now closed. Follow us on follow us on X for updates.


The University of Sydney has a generously endowed international fellowship program in sexuality studies. Funded by the late Dr Gary Simes—a linguistic historian, bibliographer and University of Sydney graduate—the Hunt-Simes Chair of Sexuality Studies bequest enables a number of fellowships per year.

Please note, Fellows may also be appointed on nomination by the Director to assist in the development and delivery of an annual Hunt-Simes Institute in Sexuality Studies at SSSHARC (HISS@SSSHARC), timed to coincide with Sydney Mardi Gras or other events of relevance to the LGBTQI+ community.

How to apply

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These SSSHARC visiting fellowships are for outstanding international or Australian-based social science researchers who wish to collaborate with researchers from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney.

How to apply

Applications for SSSHARC Visiting Fellowships 2025 have now closed. Follow us on follow us on X for updates.

The recording of our SSSHARC 2025 Visiting Fellowships Information Session hosted by Professor Lee Wallace, Dr Olga Boichak and SSSHARC 2024 Social Science Visiting Fellow Dr Indigo Willing is available below to assist in preparing applications.

The FAQ sheet from the session is also available here.

Ultimate Peer Review

A world authority evaluates the full draft of a major research output (book, article, or NTRO) by a University of Sydney researcher and offers rigorous and constructive criticism to take the work from great to landmark.

Applicants must have a high-ranking publisher (or equivalent) in frame (ie: contracted or with an agreed deadline for submission) and a full draft of a manuscript (or equivalent) at the time of the review.

The UPR session has an invited audience of disciplinary peers, including postgraduate research students, who will also be given access to draft portions of the manuscript.

SSSHARC can provide funding to bring the expert reviewer to Sydney to allow for meaningful engagement around the manuscript and other research activities. UPR events may take place over Zoom by arrangement.

Review the Ultimate Peer Review guidelines (pdf, 107.5KB) and submit your expression of interest at any time.

Romantic Empiricism: Philosophy, Art and Nature

Treacherous Play

A Victorian History of Modern Censorship

Stylistic Virtue and Victorian Fiction

Birth of the State: The Place of the Body in Crafting Modern Politics

All Marriage is Gay


A SSSHARC research huddle is a one-day collaboration intensive around an idea or question that is highly compelling but needs further articulation before it can be advance as a funded research program or other landmark outcome.

The aim of a huddle is not to present talks but to bring in an outside expert or experts who can critically guide the existing discussion towards a defined outcome, such as a joint grant application, a co-authored article, a book prospectus or a journal special issue proposal, a white paper or a high-profile opinion piece.

Review the research huddle guidelines (pdf, 106KB) and submit your expression of interest at any time.

Trauma-aware practices for children in out-of-home care

Boys: Towards an Affirmative Feminist Boys Studies 

Working across difference and inequity in social work and policy studies

Community-led research methodologies: learning and knowledge building?

Pop-Up Research Lab

A Pop-Up Research Lab is a three-week intensive program of activities specifically tailored to advance research that is already producing outstanding results and has the potential to be scale up into a landmark program attracting external support. 

Pop-Up Research Labs are usually planned in alignment with SSSHARC research nodes or in support of external grant ambitions, such as ARC Future Fellowships, Laureates and Centre of Excellence bids to be administered by the University of Sydney or projects aimed at international funding agencies. If you have an established program of research that fits this brief, please contact the SSSHARC Director to discuss possibilities. 

Sexual Violence in the Military
  • Professor Megan McKenzie
  • External expert: Dr Shannon Sampert (Winnipeg)
  • Outcome: ARC- Future Fellowship ($1,052,328)
Brave New Law: Legal Personhood in the New Biosciences
  • Associate Professor Sonja Van Wichelen
  • External expert: Professor Thomas Lemke (Goethe University)
  • Outcome: Personhood in the Age of Biolegality (Palgrave, 2020) ed. Marc de Leeuw and Sonja Van Wichelen
Critical research into death in contested circumstances
  • Associate Professor Rebecca Scott Bray
  • External expert: Professor Phil Scraton (Queen's University Belfast)
  • Outcomes: Carpenter, B., Harris, M., Jowett, S., Tait, G., Scott Bray, R. (2021). Coronial Inquests, Indigenous Suicide and the Colonial Narrative. Critical Criminology, 29(3), 527-545. 
  • Scott Bray, R. (2020). Contested Deaths and Coronial Justice in the Digital Age. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 9(4), 90-103.

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