Honours Bootcamp

A professional development program for students studying Southeast Asia
The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre is pleased to bring you Honours Bootcamp 2022, for students around Australia enrolled in an Honours program related to Southeast Asia

Who: Honours students researching Southeast Asia at an Australian tertiary institution
When: 20 June (online or in-person); 21-23 June (in-person at the University of Sydney)
Where: Camperdown Campus, The University of Sydney

Over three and a half days (20-23 June 2022), participants of the 2022 SSEAC Honours Bootcamp will take part in a range of interdisciplinary workshops, seminars, discussions and group activities designed to help them complete their Honours research project and plan for life after Honours.

Students will learn from scholars and professionals working in a diverse range of Southeast Asia-related positions about how to do research in the time of COVID, what academia is REALLY like, and how to pivot from research to a non-academic profession. Students will also hear from Honours graduates about tips for thesis success, disseminating their Honours research, and how to nail a conference presentation (even on Zoom). 

As part of the bootcamp, participants are required to prepare a short conference presentation before arrival, with a prize awarded to the student who delivers the best presentation. They are also required to attend (as observers) the Southeast Asia Emerging Scholars Conference, to be held at the University of Sydney (online and in person) on 20 June 2022.

Students from universities across Australia are eligible to register; however, priority will be given to students from the University of Sydney, with all other applicants assessed on a first come, first served basis.

            "I found this a really wonderful and inspiring workshop. I'm so much more energised to do thesis writing after engaging with peers and professionals, and would happily take up another opportunity to engage with SSEAC if and when one such arises!"

            - Honours Bootcamp 2021 participant

            "I found the bootcamp really engaging. It was helpful to see how research done by other students in totally different topic areas actually correlates to my own research. This helped give me new perspectives on my research."

            - Honours Bootcamp 2021 participant

Applications are now closed.


Further information

  • Monday 20 June: Southeast Asia Emerging Scholars Conference (Bootcamp participants to observe only)
  • Tuesday 21 June: Honours Bootcamp
  • Wednesday 22 June: Honours Bootcamp
  • Thursday 23 June (half-day): Honours Bootcamp: student presentations  

To be eligible for this workshop, applicants must be:

  • a SSEAC student member (join here for free)
  • currently enrolled in an Honours program at an Australian University (if you’re starting mid-year, that’s okay too)
  • conducting research on any of the countries within Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam), or Southeast Asia as a region
  • available to attend all scheduled activities, including the Southeast Asia Emerging Scholars Conference (Monday 20 June, online or in person in Sydney) and the Honours Bootcamp (Tuesday 21 June to Thursday 23 June, in person in Sydney)
  • ready to prepare an 8 to 10-minute presentation based on their Honours project, to be delivered on the final day of the Bootcamp
  • fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and able to show proof of vaccination*

Places are limited and preference will be given to applicants from the University of Sydney. A limited number of positions will be made available to participants from other Australian tertiary institutions on a first-come, first-served basis.

When applying, you will be asked to submit:

  • a one-page outline of your Honours project, and
  • a letter of recommendation from your supervisor.

* A fully vaccinated person is a person who has received the number of doses required for a complete course of a COVID-19 vaccine. For further information on vaccination requirements please visit the Australian Government website.

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre is pleased to provide a limited number of travel grants for students based outside of Sydney to participate in the program. The grant can be used for travel, accommodation and any other costs associated with participation.

Grants will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Grant recipients are required to attend all scheduled activities, including the Southeast Asia Emerging Scholars Conference (Monday 20 June, online or in person in Sydney) and the Honours Bootcamp (Tuesday 21 June to Thursday 23 June, in person in Sydney). Please indicate in the registration form if you wish to be considered for a grant.

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

State of residence Grant
NSW (outside Sydney), ACT                Up to AU$750                           
QLD, VIC, SA Up to AU$1,000
WA, NT, TAS Up to AU$1,250

When applying for a travel grant, you will be asked to:

Please note that SSEAC is not liable for any costs incurred from the cancellation or modification of travel plans as a result of COVID-19 developments. We strongly encourage you to book fully refundable tickets and accommodation in case of any late-minute changes to the program.

Please note: You will be notified in advance about a successful grant application, however bursaries will not be disbursed until AFTER the Bootcamp in case COVID-19 developments prevent interstate travel. Therefore, students applying for funding must be able to cover their travel costs up front.

Applications are now closed.

Please email any queries about the workshop and the application process to sseac@sydney.edu.au.


In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre reserves the right to cancel this program 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 program’s activities, and will notify participants of any changes to the program. In participating in this program, all individuals will be required to follow social distancing and good hygiene practices so as to reduce the risk of infection with COVID-19.