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ECR Mini Writing Retreat

Writing and goal setting
Early career researchers researching Southeast Asia at an Australian research institution are invited to attend a mini writing retreat at the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. This retreat is designed to provide you with some much-needed company and motivation to continue with your research in what has been a challenging year.

Who: Early Career Researchers with interests in Southeast Asia at an Australian research institution
When: Friday 4 June and Saturday 5 June 2021
Where: University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre will be hosting an in-person ECR writing retreat from 4-5 June 2021. This is an opportunity for early career researchers to put dedicated writing time aside with structured guidance from facilitators. It is also an opportunity to meet fellow ECRs interested in the study of Southeast Asia from a range of Australian institutions. 

Travel grants are available for participants travelling from outside Sydney, NSW. See details below.

Applications are now closed.


Further information

This mini writing retreat is open to any early career research scholars both at the University of Sydney and other research institutions around Australia. To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be currently researching a topic related to Southeast Asia
  • Be based at an Australian research institution
  • Be physically based in Australia (we cannot support international travel)
  • Be no more than 5 years on from the conferral date of their PhD (or 5-year equivalent with career interruptions
  • Be a member of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre – sign up here.

University of Sydney academic staff have the option of attending one or both days of the writing retreat. Please indicate in your application if you only wish to attend one day.

As part of this event, SSEAC is offering up to 8 travel grants for participants travelling from outside Sydney, NSW. These grants are subject to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

State of residence


NSW (outside Sydney), ACT

Up to $500


Up to $750

Other Australian States and Territories

Up to $1000

Grant recipients must attend BOTH days of the retreat. Grants will only to be paid AFTER the retreat in case COVID-19 restrictions prevent interstate travel.

SSEAC is not liable for any costs incurred from the cancellation of travel due to changing COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Unfortunately we are not in a position to award grants to researchers at non-Australian institutions or ECRs who are based outside of Australia. No grants will be provided to applicants based in Sydney.

Applications are now closed.

Please email any queries about the retreat and the application process to



In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre reserves the right to cancel this event on short notice. The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre will be closely monitoring the situation and following NSW Health Advice to assess all risks associated with the event, and will notify participants of any changes to the program. In participating in this event, all individuals will be required to follow social distancing and good hygiene practices so as to reduce the risk of infection with COVID-19. 

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