Program guidelines


We regret to inform you that due to Covid-19 restrictions, the 2021 Visiting Fellows program is on hold until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation and advise you when we are able to recommence the program.

Guidelines for ANU Indonesia Project Visiting Fellows Program


The Australian Government has provided funds to the Indonesia Project (the Project) to assist Indonesian academics to visit Australia for scholarly work. The aim is to promote research work that leads to publication. The program is primarily for Indonesian academics with a PhD or equivalent, for work on the society and economy of Indonesia or comparative work on Asia and the Pacific. Recent recipients of a PhD degree 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

The University is closed from about 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

In addition to visiting ANU, 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, to a value of AUD800-1,000 per week.
  • A living allowance amounting to AUD600 per week (net).
  • Transportation (e.g economy return airfare, bus tickets, or taxi fare) from place of residence in Indonesia to Canberra up to AUD2,000.
  • Miscellaneous expenses such as cost of obtaining visa and airport taxes.

We do ask visitors to travel on excursion tickets, rather than a full economy fare, because of the potential cost savings. The most convenient arrangement is for visitors to purchase their ticket that has been approved by the Project and be reimbursed in Canberra. It is not the Project’s policy to cover the travel costs of spouse and families.

Application and approval process

To proceed with initial plans to arrange a visit, the Project needs:

  • A current CV (this is required by the ANU).
  • A brief (1-2 page/s) work outline, describing the work to be undertaken and the publication that is expected to result.
  • Planned dates for the visit/duration of stay.
  • Application to be sent to and

Deadlines to submit an application to visit is 31 March each year.

The Project Head in consultations with other staff members will then make a decision to accept or reject the application. The decision could take between 2 to 4 weeks after those deadlines. 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 some additional personal information and complete a number of forms. The Project Head 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. Most visa applications are now processed through travel agents, rather than directly by the applicant.


Visitors are generally encouraged to stay on campus at the Liversidge Court Apartments (serviced daily/weekly).

If you chose to stay on campus, the Project will book the accommodation for you 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 companies websites directly.

Further information

Please do not hesitate to contact

Dr Arianto Patunru
Phone +61 2 6125 9786
Fax +61 2 6125 3700,

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