Workshop program

The Workshop Program is a principal component of ASSA’s promotion of excellence in research in the social sciences. By means of the Workshop Program, the academy is a major facilitator of collective intellectual work in the social sciences in Australia. The aim of the Workshop Program is to identify issues of national concern in the social sciences and to focus specialist attention on them. A related aim is to position the Workshop Program at the cutting edge of social science research in this country.

The Workshops are interdisciplinary gatherings of 15-20 experts (primarily academic but can include government, community and private sector representatives, as well as at least two early career researchers) who meet for two days to discuss and debate an issue of contemporary importance to the social sciences and/or public policy.

The Workshop Program has been recognised as providing an important arena for intellectual exchange and innovation, a mechanism for exploring linkages between research and policy, and as a valuable means of supporting early career researchers. An indirect, but valuable, outcome of the program has been the establishment of many continuing research collaborations and networks, often multi-disciplinary in nature.

Workshop events are by invitation only and are not open to the public, although a report is produced on the outcome of the workshop and most workshops result in a publication.

The Workshop Program is a competitive program bestowing grants to assist social sciences researchers to convene a two-day, multidisciplinary research workshop.

Workshops will be funded to a maximum of $9,000 which includes provision for $1500 towards the cost of a digested analysis paper.

Processes and Procedures

Those wishing to submit a proposal for an ASSA Workshop should follow the ASSA Workshop application guidelines and use the Workshop program application form, which change each year and indicate the program year.

(NOTE: To fill in the application form you will need to open the application form document and use the File/Save As function. Once you have saved the Application form to your computer you can then open it and fill in the fields. Best results are achieved by using a computer operating in a Microsoft Windows environment).

The Call for Proposals is usually issued in April/May each year and closes at a set date in September. Decisions are usually notified to applicants before the end of the year.

The call for proposals for workshops to be held in 2018- 2019 is now CLOSED.

Please use the Workshop application guidelines 2018-19 and the Workshop_Program_2018-19 application_form to submit your proposal.

For more information, please contact:
Mr Murray Radcliffe
Deputy Director
murray.radcliffe [at]
+61 .2 62491788

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