Pacific Research Colloquium 2017

30 January - 10 February 2017

About the Pacific Research Colloquium (PRC)

Each year the State Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program at the Australian National University brings early career social science researchers from the Pacific (including Papua and Timor-Leste) to a two-week intensive workshop in Canberra, Australia, to work with experienced researchers, develop skills for social science research in the Pacific, and present a paper on their current or proposed research.

Examples of social science research fields include law, anthropology, development studies, political science or public administration, gender studies, geography, sociology, Pacific Studies, and public health.

The PRC is part of SSGM’s broader commitment to building social science research skills in the Pacific, including Papua and Timor-Leste.

Who Can Apply

We offer a limited number of scholarships to early career social science researchers from the Pacific, Papua and Timor-Leste to participate in the PRC. Scholarships cover full travel costs to and from Canberra, insurance, visa, accommodation and living expenses.

A limited number of positions may be available for:

(a) Pacific researchers funded by an institution (e.g. university, government agency, NGO), subject to agreed arrangements with SSGM;

(b) Early career Australian and New Zealand researchers doing Pacific-related social science attending on a self-funded basis.

To apply to attend the PRC you need to:

  • Be currently undertaking social science research;
  • Be doing research on, or applicable to, the Pacific and;
  • Hold a passport & be eligible for an Australian visa.

You do not need to be a university graduate. We value diversity and inclusion, and particularly welcome applications from women and people with disabilities.

We do not accept applications from people who have previously attended the PRC.

The two-week program includes:

  • Intensive training on research design, methodology, methods and planning;
  • Mentoring and feedback on your research and papers;
  • Guided introductions to research resources;
  • Visit to Parliament and social events.

Successful applicants will be required to develop, submit and revise a research paper with mentorship from ANU scholars. Papers may report on research that is proposed, ongoing, or recently completed. Papers must be individually authored by the applicant.

To encourage high standard work, we offer a separate four week Visiting Fellowship to the participant from the Pacific who authors the most outstanding paper presented at the PRC. The fellowship includes an opportunity to present at the 2017 State of the Pacific Conference at ANU.

SSGM also offers all interested PRC participants ongoing mentoring as they develop their research and write publications after the PRC. Participants may have the opportunity to submit papers for publication as SSGM Discussion Papers or In Briefs.

For more information:

The program is available here: PRC2017 Program

Anthony Regan

Anthony Regan is a constitutional lawyer who specialises in constitutional development as part of conflict resolution. Has lived and worked in Papua New Guinea for 15 years and in Uganda for over...

Jenny Munro

Jenny Munro

Dr Jenny Munro is a cultural anthropologist who works in West Papua (Tanah Papua) and other regions of eastern Indonesia. She joined the SSGM as a Research Fellow in 2013. Her doctoral research...

Dates for the 2017 PRC

The PRC will be held from the morning on Monday 30th January, and end on the evening of Friday 10th February 2017. Participants must arrive in Canberra no later than the evening of Sunday 29th January. Most are expected to depart Canberra on Saturday 11th February.


Unless you are an Australian citizen, you MUST hold a 600 Class Visa to enter Australia . No participant will receive a ticket until they present evidence that their visa has been granted. SSGM will reimburse visa expenses for the participants we are sponsoring. So bring the receipt.

Airport Pickup Arrangements

As a participant flying into Canberra for the PRC, you will be met at the Canberra Airport by SSGM personnel, who will take you to your accommodation.

Accommodation and Meals

SSGM sponsored participants usually stay in ANU student accommodation, at John XXIII College. Three meals per day will be served at the College.

PRC Venue

The venues where PRC sessions are held are on the ANU campus, in the Coombs Extension Building and in the Hedley Bull Building. They are close together, and a five minute walk from your accommodation at John XXIII College.

Weather and Clothing

It will be mid-summer in Canberra. The weather is usually dry and warm to hot (25 to 38 degrees centigrade) during the day, but reasonably cool at night.(below 20 degrees). But Canberra weather is unpredictable. Sometimes a few days during the PRC are cold, and even rainy. So plan for mainly warm weather, but bring a mixture of clothing, including at least some suitable for cold weather.

Dress Code

During PRC working sessions, feel free to dress casually. We usually make a visit to the Australian Parliament (In February 2015 participants had a meeting there with the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Julie Bishop.) Neat casual dress is acceptable for that visit.

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