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Postgraduate Retreat

Dedicating time and space to write productively, stylishly and with enjoyment

Postgraduate students researching Southeast Asia are invited to attend our annual postgraduate retreat. This year’s retreat will be a dedicated writing retreat, designed to provide you with the physical and mental space to write as part of a community of productive student researchers.

Who: Higher Degree by Research students with interests in Southeast Asia at the University of Sydney or other Australian universities
When: 10am-5pm, 5-7 November 2019
Where: HC Coombs Centre, Kirribilli, Sydney

Higher degree by research students have many obligations – to teach, to publish, to network, to deliver conference papers. But the most important thing – finishing your thesis – is often pushed to the side. In this dedicated writing retreat, we offer you the opportunity to go deep into your thesis for three solid days, providing you with the time, space and support to write. 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 (at a three day retreat, you can draft a chapter or journal article!)
  • Daily workshop sessions on planning and structuring your writing 
  • Reflecting on your own writing habits and productivity
  • Connecting with other research students from University of Sydney and beyond 

Applications are now closed.


Retreat information

Please note due to the high number of applications we will only be accepting applications from students at the University of Sydney. 

To register for this retreat, applicants must be Higher Degree Research students at an Australian university. Course work postgraduate students are not eligible.

Priority will be given to University of Sydney students, however, students from universities across Australia are eligible to register.

A limited number of travel grants are available 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. Please indicate in the registration form if you wish to be considered for a grant.

Grant amount

Travelling from


 NSW (outside Sydney), ACT





Applicants for the retreat are now closed.

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

Please note places are limited and applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis, so make sure to apply as early as possible. Due to the high number of applications are now only accepting applications from University of Sydney students.

Successful applicants will be notified by 21 October 2019. 

2019: Writing retreat

2018: Contextualising your thesis in Southeast Asia

2017: Leadership in academia

2016: Interdisciplinary collaboration

2015: Finding your voice

2014: Working across disciplines

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