Postgraduate and Early to Mid-career Researcher Writing Retreat

Dedicating time and space to disconnect and reconnect through writing
Postgraduate students and early to mid-career researchers focusing on Southeast Asia are invited to attend a dedicated writing retreat. This retreat is designed to provide you with both inspiration and peer support to kick off the year.

Who: Higher Degree by Research students and early to mid-career researchers focusing on Southeast Asia at an Australian tertiary institution
When: 9:00am-5:30pm, Wednesday 8 February to Friday 10 February 2023 
Where: The University of Sydney, Camperdown campus

Join us for another iteration of our much-loved 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, informal discussions and debriefing sessions, and plenty of good food and coffee. 

Expected outcomes of the retreat include:

  • Making meaningful progress on an academic output
  • Reflecting on your own writing habits and productivity
  • Connecting with other researchers from the University of Sydney and beyond

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants travelling from outside Sydney, NSW. Please see details below. 

Attention SSEAC Residency Workshop participants and Writing Fellows: do not assume that you are automatically registered! You must register to attend the writing retreat just like any other program.

Applications are now closed.


Retreat information

To be eligible for this retreat, applicants must be:

  • a SSEAC member (free to join) AND
  • physically based in Australia (we cannot support international travel) AND
  • currently enrolled as a Higher Degree by Research student at an Australian tertiary institution* OR an early career (within five years of conferral of your PhD) or mid-career (within five to ten years of conferral of your PhD) researcher affiliated with or employed at an Australian tertiary institution* AND
  • 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 AND
  • fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and able to show proof of vaccination if required**

* Preference will be given to participants 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.

** 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

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

State of residence


NSW (outside greater metropolitan Sydney), ACT

Up to $750


Up to $1,000

Other Australian States and Territories

Up to $1,250

No grants will be provided to applicants based in greater metropolitan Sydney (this includes the central Coast and Wollongong).

Grant recipients must attend all three 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 participants at non-Australian institutions or participants who are based outside of Australia. No grants will be provided to applicants based in Sydney.

Applications are now closed.

Applicants will be advised whether their application has been successful in late January, and no later than Tuesday 31 January 2023.

Please take note of this timeline, especially if you are applying from out of state. We are unable to advise of the success of your application any earlier than this. Please do not make flight and accommodation bookings unless and until you have been advised that your application is successful.

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

  • This is a non-residential retreat (meaning no overnight stays).
  • Mask-wearing is strongly encouraged during the retreat.


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.