International Program

Through its international activities and agreements, ASSA promotes scholarly cooperation and facilitates intellectual and scholarly exchanges by Australian social scientists with their academic counterparts overseas. It also acts as the Australian national member of international organisations concerned with the social sciences.

The International Program connects social scientists across Australia with ASSA’s institutional partners overseas. International Program grants provide funding for fellows and other researchers from Australia to travel overseas, working in partnership with experts in our partner institutes. Grant selections have a special focus on selecting early career researchers. Recently, grants have been available with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

In 2019, at least four grants will be awarded to teams of social scientists from Australia and CASS. The grant is intended to provide Australian and CASS researchers the opportunity to collaborate in areas of interest to both parties. The grant is particularly suited to younger researchers who wish to investigate a research opportunity with an international colleague, and pursue preliminary study which could lead to a larger research project. It calls for researchers to submit a short statement indicating their interest in a new research project with an overseas partner having similar interests. Proposals which encompass multiple disciplines are welcome. The grant can be expended throughout 2019 on costs such as air travel, accommodation, digital conferencing, and other means of communicating between Australia, China, and any other relevant locations.

The following topics have been identified as priorities for the 2019 program:

1. Urban Development
2. Impact of Technology on Society
3. Population
4. Migration and Immigration
5. Environmental Protection
6. Regional Security and Cooperation
7. National Development Measures and Evaluation
8. New Developments in IT Communication and Commerce

ASSA encourages the participation of early career researchers. So at least one participant must be fewer than eight years beyond the completion of their PhD. Additionally, each application must contain at least one researcher from Australia and one from CASS. Work may be undertaken on each grant project at any time during calendar year 2019.

A brief acquittal of funding expenditure, as well as a 1,500-2,000 word article suitable for publication on ASSA’s website is due by Tuesday, 31st March 2020. Publications resulting from this program will also be welcomed.

The call for proposals for the Australia-China Joint Action Program in 2018 is now CLOSED

Applications are due to ASSA by Wednesday 31 October 2018

Please click this link to download the application.

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 queries you might have.

Contact Information

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