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Honours Bootcamp

A professional development program for students studying Southeast Asia
The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre and the ANU Indonesia Project are proud to bring you Honours Bootcamp 2021, for students around Australia enrolled in an Honours program related to Southeast Asia.

Who: Honours students with research relating to Southeast Asia
When: 28-30 July 2021
Where: 28 July: online; 29-30 July: in-person at the University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus

Over three days (28-30 July 2021), participants of this Honours Bootcamp co-hosted by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (University of Sydney) and the ANU Indonesia Project (Australian National University) 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.

In this special pandemic edition, 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 online on 28 July 2021.

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

            "It was absolutely invaluable to my honours year, and I’m very, very grateful. I learned so much about writing, researching, careers both in and out of academia, and made some wonderful connections."

            - Honours Bootcamp 2019 participant

            "The Bootcamp was a great and challenging learning experience that has helped open my eyes to what is ahead of me in my honours year and pushed me to be more on top of my studies."

            - Honours Bootcamp 2018 participant

Applications are currently closed.


Further information

To participate in this program, students must:

  • be enrolled in an Honours program at an Australian University
  • be a SSEAC student member (free to join)
  • be 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
  • be available to attend all scheduled activities, including the Southeast Asia Emerging Scholars Conference (Wednesday 28 July, online) and the Honours Bootcamp (Thursday 29 and Friday 30 July, in person in Sydney)
  • prepare a 10-minute presentation based on their Honours project, to be delivered on the final day of Bootcamp.

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre and the ANU Indonesia Project are 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.

Please note that SSEAC and the ANU Indonesia Project are 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.

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 (Wednesday 28 July, online) and the Honours Bootcamp (Thursday 29 and Friday 30 July 2021, 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                AU$600                           
QLD, VIC, SA AU$1,000
WA, NT, TAS AU$1,250

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

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 currently closed.

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


In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre and the ANU Indonesia Project reserve the right to cancel this program on short notice. The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre and the ANU Indonesia Project 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.