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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Information for grant applicants

Applying for a Sydney Southeast Asia Centre grant? Read through our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to gain a better understanding of the application process.


The countries of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam are classified as part of Southeast Asia.

While each category has specific conditions on spending, generally our grants cannot cover equipment. Please refer to the guidelines for a list of non-allowable expenses for each grant type and the University of Sydney's Travel Policies Non-allowable Expense Procedures.

Generally, students are not eligible to apply for Sydney Southeast Asia Centre grants. The only exception is University of Sydney PhD candidates (enrolled at the time of application and award) who can apply for the Conference Fund and Fieldword Grant.

Yes. Successful applicants are welcome to apply for grants in future rounds.

Yes, but only in exceptional circumstances will an academic be awarded more than one grant per round.

Generally, staff are not eligible to apply for Sydney Southeast Asia Centre grants. The only exception is the Language grants.

No, only University of Sydney academics and PhD students can apply. However, grants can be applied for to fund the mobility of a non-University of Sydney academic (see Mobility Fund and Sabbatical Visitor's Fund).

No, the academic applicant must conduct the research for which funds are awarded. PhD students are only eligible to apply for the Conference Fund and Fieldwork Grant.

No. All logistical matters related to international visitors are the responsibility of the academic applicant and their faculty/department. We cannot provide visa support, honorary titles or logistical assistance.

No. We can only send funds to the applying University of Sydney academic’s research account.

Once applications have closed, all Proposals will be collated and reviewed by our Executive Grants Subcommittee. A notification will then be sent to all applicants informing them of the outcome of their application. The process usually takes approximately one month.

To become a member, please visit our membership page and select the appropriate category.

If you would like to receive feedback on your unsuccessful application, please email us or call 02 9114 0953. Feedback will only be given if formally requested.

For academics, grants are journal transferred to your nominated RC and supplied PC. We can also use an analysis code if specifically requested. Please note, your grant will not be automatically paid into your salary, and cannot be paid into a personal bank account. For PhD students, we will deposit funds into your Sydney Student bank account. It may take one month for funds to be received.