Early and mid-career researcher writing retreat

Dedicating time and space to disconnect and reconnect through writing
Early and mid-career researchers researching Southeast Asia at the University of Sydney are invited to attend a dedicated residential writing retreat. This retreat is designed to provide you with both inspiration and peer support to wrap up the year.

Who: Early and mid-career researchers with interests in Southeast Asia currently affiliated with or employed at the University of Sydney
When: 9:30am-5:30pm, Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 November 2022 (including overnight)
Where: H.C. Coombs Centre, Kirribilli, Sydney

Join us for our residential writing retreat for early and mid-career researchers. 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. November is a particularly beautiful time of year in Kirribilli, and we’ll also be encouraging you to enjoy the flowering jacarandas nearby! In the evenings, join us for old-fashioned parlour games or simply enjoy the rest and refreshment that comes with participating in a residential retreat.

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

Applications are now closed.


Further information

This is a residential retreat. It will commence at 9:30am on Wednesday 23 November and conclude at 5:30pm on Friday 25 November.

Further details to be advised.

To be eligible for this retreat, applicants must be:

  • a SSEAC member (free to join
  • 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 the University of Sydney
  • 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
  • able to make your own way to the H.C. Coombs Centre
  • fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and able to show proof of vaccination if required*

* 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.

Applications are now closed.

Applicants will be advised whether their application has been successful in the week commencing 7 November 2022. Please email any queries about the retreat and the application process to sseac@sydney.edu.au.

  • This retreat is strictly for researchers affiliated with or working at the University of Sydney.
  • We regret to advise that there are no travel grants available for this retreat.
  • You will need to make your own way to the H.C. Coombs Centre. Please note there is limited undercover parking, and public transport is recommended. More details will be provided should you be accepted into the retreat.
  • 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.