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Guidelines for ANU Indonesia Project Visiting Fellows Program


The Australian Government has provided funds to the ANU Indonesia Project (the Project) to assist Indonesian academics to visit Australia for scholarly work. The aim is to support research that leads to publication.

The program is for Indonesian academics with a PhD or equivalent, for work on the society and economy of Indonesia or comparative work on East Asia. Recent recipients of a PhD degree, women, researchers with disability and researchers from diverse backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply, while others are also welcome.

Visitors should have a definite plan of research. The main aim should be preparing an article to be submitted in a reputable academic journal. Work on textbooks or other types of manuscripts may also be considered. We expect visitors to already be involved in an on-going research project. In most cases the visit is used primarily for writing up the results/completing analysis (including writing up the results of a PhD thesis), discussing the work with other academics (either Indonesian or subject area specialists), giving at least one seminar, and preparing an article for final publication. While visiting the Project, the visitor will be provided with access to the collection of ANU libraries, computer facilities and ANU public seminars. Most visitors also use the visit as an opportunity to meet ANU researchers who work on Indonesia and other East Asia regions. Currently, the ANU has the highest concentration of researchers working in this area.

Period of visit

The program provides support for a period of 4 weeks. Shorter visits are not encouraged. Longer visits may be supported as part of a joint arrangement with another funding source/agency.

Possible dates for visit

We encourage selected participants to plan their 4-week travel in close coordination with the Indonesia Project team. Possible travel windows could include:

• September 1st – December 15, 2024
• January 27 – June 30, 2025

The University is typically closed from 20 December to 4 January each year and most staff do not return to work before mid-January. The winter months (July-August) can be quite cold. The Indonesia Update conference is usually held in the second week of September (early spring).

Visits to other Australian Universities

Visitors may like to visit other universities, such as The University of Sydney, The University of Melbourne, Griffith University (Brisbane), and Flinders University (Adelaide), which take a special interest in Indonesian studies. Funds permitting, the Project may be able to help with such a visit.

Financial arrangements

The program is designed to cover the living expenses of visitors, rather than constitute their basic income. Financial arrangements are negotiated on an individual basis, but as a rule would comprise the following:

• Accommodation on campus (or equivalent off campus) paid directly by the Project, for a value of AUD $1085 per week.
• A living allowance amounting to AUD $500 per week (net).
• Transportation and miscellaneous travel expenses (e.g., economy return airfare, visa, bus tickets, or taxi fare) to Canberra up to AUD $2000.

Total cost per visitor covered by the Project: max. AUD $8,340.

The most convenient arrangement is for visitors to purchase their ticket that has been approved by the Project and be reimbursed in Canberra. The Project is unable to cover the travel costs of spouse and families.

Application and approval process

Applications for the 2024-2025 Visiting Fellows Program open on Wednesday 1 May 2024 and close on Sunday 30 June 2024.

Due to an exceptionally high volume of applications received for the 2024 - 2025 Visiting Fellow program, the ANU Indonesia Project team expect to announce outcomes by Friday 12 July 2024.

To apply, please submit the following to

1. A current CV
2. 1 to 2 pages of work outline, describing your research, the objectives of your visit, and the publication that is expected to result.
3. Planned dates for the visit/duration of stay.

The Project Head in consultations with other staff members will decide to accept or reject the application. If you do not yet have a well-defined project and work outline, we do not encourage you to apply. In some cases, we will ask the applicants to revise their work outlines and re-apply.

If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide two professional letters of reference and some additional personal information (if needed) and to complete several forms. The Indonesia Project team will submit these details to the University, and you will then receive a formal invitation to visit the ANU from the University Administration.

It is important that the ANU be notified of firm dates at least 3 months prior to arrival so the necessary administrative arrangements can be finalised. Please do not forget to apply for an Australian visa well in advance of your intended departure. The Australian immigration laws are quite rigorous, and it may take longer than expected to finalise arrangements.

Accommodation and Insurance

The Indonesia Project aims to book the on-campus Liversidge Court Apartments. If you chose to stay on campus, the Project will book the accommodation and pay in advance once you have confirmed your dates.

During your visit to the University, you will be covered under the University’s ‘volunteer insurance policy’. This includes cover for: personal accident; public liability; professional indemnity; and employment practices.

The policy does not cover workers’ compensation or medical insurance. You may wish to establish whether you are covered by your home institution for workers’ compensation and/or investigate supplementary private insurance.

Medical insurance is required while you are visiting at the ANU. If you have medical insurance and it is current, documentary evidence will be required to show that you have such cover. If you do not have medical insurance, you will need to take it out on arrival at the ANU and pay it yourself using your living allowance. We cannot suggest which insurance company you should choose. You have to make the decision on which one you are going to use. Information about medical insurance can be found on the ANU website: ANU staff health insurance plan. Alternatively, you can visit insurance company’s websites directly.

Further information

Please do not hesitate to contact either:
Dr Arianto Patunru
Phone +61 2 6125 9786

Ms Kathryn Whitney
Phone +61 2 6125 2308

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