What: A two-week multidisciplinary field school in Timor-Leste over the winter break
Where: Dili and surrounds, Timor-Leste
When: 17 July – 30 July 2023 inclusive (S2CIJL July Intensive)
Who: Undergraduate students at the University of Sydney in the following disciplines: Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Social Work, and Work and Organisational Studies
Why: Leave the classroom behind for a hands-on field school studying disability and work in Timor-Leste! Learn about Timor-Leste through a unique lens, boost your cross-cultural and interdisciplinary research skills, and meet students from other disciplines. You will receive 6 academic credit points for participating in this program. This program is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s New Colombo Plan (NCP). Successful applicants will become NCP scholars and receive a $3,000 scholarship to help with costs associated with your participation in this program. A limited number of SSEAC-funded grants are available to international students who do not meet the NCP criteria.
This field school focuses on disability and work in Timor-Leste. As Southeast Asia’s newest nation, Timor-Leste is still building up the policy, infrastructure and support services needed to support people with disabilities in the workforce, with additional challenges presented by the fact that the majority of these people live in rural areas and are self-employed through subsistence farming. Within this context, this field school will consider the relationship between disability and work from a structural perspective, while also taking into account employer attitudes and informal support services through, for example, NGOs. We will engage with key stakeholders within Timor’s employment and health sectors, as well as working with students from Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL).
This program is a full 6-credit point elective offered to students from Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Social Work, and Work and Organisational Studies. This cohort of students is uniquely placed to consider the relationship between disability, employment, formal and informal support structures, and employment policies as they relate to people with disabilities in Timor-Leste. Students will be encouraged to examine the relationship between disability and work from a cross-disciplinary perspective and supported to develop and design their own in-country collaborative research projects. On doing so, they will apply the skills and knowledge they have developed in their disciplines and apply them in a Timor-Leste context. Before departure, they will undertake targeted training on how to work with students from other disciplines to maximise solutions-oriented outcomes as well as learning about the country context.
Central to the Project’s ability to achieve these objectives is the in-country component, which involves seminars, community site visits and experiential learning opportunities including language study. Students will then work in small interdisciplinary groups to develop a research question related to their area of interest and then design a research project, which they will undertake in the final week. This well-established model allows students to bring their own perspectives to a research problem while also collaborating across cultures and disciplines.
This field school draws on SSEAC’s flagship short-term mobility format, which emphasises interdisciplinarity, cross-cultural learning, and local partnerships. This innovative approach to mobility gives students a chance to learn from each other while engaging in meaningful and structured ways with diverse partners. Student feedback is that SSEAC field schools are transformative and directly contribute to new networks and partnerships. As a result, this mobility project has the potential to be a profoundly rewarding experience, not only promoting deep student engagement during the field school itself but also contributing to longer term engagement with Timor-Leste and greater awareness of disability and employment issues in Southeast Asia.
Group research projects
The interdisciplinary research project is a unique opportunity to work across disciplines and cultures, and to delve more deeply into a specific issue relating to social justice. Students will work together to develop and design their own research project; collect and analyse data; and present the results of their findings in the final week of the field school.
This is a unique opportunity for you to develop and apply your research skills in an international and interdisciplinary setting. A distinguishing feature of this program is the opportunity to work with students from other disciplines. Outcomes may include:
Students are invited to lodge their application by midnight AEDT, Sunday 12 March 2023.
To be eligible you must:
* Students from other disciplines may be eligible to participate provided we have space in the program. If this is of interest, please check with SSEAC staff before applying.
1. Monday 14 August 2023 (9-12)
2. Monday 28 August 2023 (9-12)
3. Monday 11 September 2023 (9-12)
4. Monday 25 September 2023 (9-12)
5. Monday 9 October 2023 (9-12)
6. Monday 23 October 2023 (9-12)
Please consult with your course director and SSEAC staff for further information.
This program is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s New Colombo Plan (NCP). Successful applicants will become NCP scholars and receive a $3,000 scholarship to help with costs associated with your participation in this program.
A limited number of SSEAC-funded grants are available to international students who do not meet the NCP criteria. If you are an international student and interested in finding our more about funding support for this field school, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OS-Help is available for all in-country programs. To check your availability, click here.
Amounts for 2023 have not yet been confirmed. You can use the following information as a guide.
In 2022, successful applicants can select from the following amounts to borrow per six-month study period.
If you are taking a relevant and endorsed Asian-language course before studying in Asia, you can also apply for a supplementary OS-HELP loan of $1,133.
Note: Applicants must be available for a short (up to one hour) interview in the weeks commencing 20 or 27 March. This interview may be online or face to face depending on circumstances.
Students in Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Social Work, and Work and Organisational Studies are invited to lodge their application by midnight AEDT, Sunday 12 March 2022.
If you are in another discipline and interested in being considered for a possible second round of applications, please email us at email@example.com.
In the application form, you will be asked to provide the following information:
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please ensure you read all the information on this page first.
Photo credit: Yuichi Ishida for UNDP Timor-Leste via Flickr