Mid-Career Researcher Retreat

Dedicating time and space to disconnect and reconnect through writing

Mid-career researchers researching Southeast Asia and based in the Greater Sydney region are invited to attend a dedicated 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: Mid-career researchers with interests in Southeast Asia who are based in the Greater Sydney region
When: 09:30am-5pm, 9-11 December 2020 (half day on 9 December)
Where: ACRE Eatery, Camperdown 

2020 has not been the year any of us expected. Maintaining motivation and productivity during a pandemic is difficult, and it is more important than ever to stay connected. SSEAC is delighted to invite you to join us at this very special writing retreat. Over three days, you will disconnect from the noise around you, reconnect with each other, and make inroads on your writing project.

The program will include structured writing time, facilitated workshops, and informal discussions and debriefing sessions. Expected outcomes of the retreat include:

  • Making meaningful progress on an academic output
  • Daily workshop sessions on planning and structuring your writing 
  • Reflecting on your own writing habits and productivity
  • Connecting with other MCRs based in the Greater Sydney region

We regret that, due to public health and travel restrictions, this retreat is limited to applicants from the Greater Sydney region only. 

Applications are now closed. Successful applicants will be notified by 4 December 2020.


Retreat information

Due to public health and travel restrictions, this year’s retreat is limited to applicants based in the Greater Sydney region only. 

To be eligible for this retreat, applicants must be:

  • an academic member of SSEAC OR an affiliate member of SSEAC;
  • a fixed term or continuing academic staff member employed at a university located in the Greater Sydney region; and
  • more than five years out from conferral of their PhD.

Please note that no grants are available in 2020.

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

Applications are now closed. Successful applicants will be notified by 4 December 2020.

To be updated at a later date.


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 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 retreat, 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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