Workshop Program

The Workshop Program is a principal component of the Academy’s promotion of excellence in social science research. Through the Workshop Program, the Academy facilitates collective intellectual work in the social sciences in Australia. Its aim is to position itself at the forefront of science science research, to identify issues of national concern, and to focus the attentions of specialists in the social sciences on them.

The workshops are interdisciplinary gatherings of around 20 experts, primarily academic, but often also including government, community, and private sector representatives, as well as at least two early career researchers. They meet for two days to discuss and debate an issue of contemporary importance to the social sciences and public policy.

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

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

The Workshop Program is a competitive program conferring grants assisting researchers in the social sciences to convene a two-day, multidisciplinary research workshop.

Workshops will be funded to a maximum of $9,000, which includes provision for $1,500 towards the cost of a digested analysis paper.


Click here to see the successful list of workshops for 2018 – 2019.

Click here to see a full list of the Academy’s workshops.

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.

The call for proposals is issued in May each year and closes in October. Decisions on the outcomes of the applications are usually communicated to applicants before the end of the year.

The call for proposals for workshops to be held in 2019- 2020 is now OPEN.

The grant application guidelines and the application form are attached below:

Workshop Application Guidelines 2019-20

Workshop Program 2019-20 Application form

Applications are due by Friday 5 October 2018

Application forms should be submitted via email to:

Dylan Clements
Programs Manager
Phone: (02) 6249 1788

Please contact Dylan Clements for more information, or with any inquiries you might have.



Contact Information

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