Malaysia-Australia Maritime Exchange Virtual Visiting Fellowships, Sem 1 2022

Malaysia maritime borders

Call for Applications - Visiting Fellowship

Deadline - Applications close 30 October

for four (4) DFAT-funded Virtual Visiting Research Fellowships, beginning in January 2022. $25k to do research on key maritime issues of interest to Australia, Malaysia and the Southeast Asian region.

The ANU Malaysia Institute is pleased to announce four (4) Virtual Visiting Research Fellowships beginning in January 2022. The Malaysia-Australia Maritime Exchange Virtual Fellowships are short-term (six-months) visiting fellowships for early-career academics (PhD completed after January 2012) based at institutions in Malaysia (2) and Australia (2), who through these positions will undertake research in collaboration with academics at the ANU Malaysia Institute and elsewhere in institutions within the two countries.

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Each visiting fellowship comes with an award of AUD$25,000 to support research activities and time spent on this program. With ANU assistance, fellows will partner with an education or policy institute in the other country to produce scholarly works and shorter publicly accessible products on key maritime issues of interest to Australia, Malaysia and the Southeast Asian region.

Due to the Covid situation, this Visiting Fellowship will be ‘virtual’, and thus it is envisaged no travel to the host institution will be undertaken. The fellow will, however, be housed ‘virtually’ in an institution, allowing for online meetings and webinars, connections to scholars at these institutions, and the potential for assistance and feedback with the scholarly publications and broader output.

Research Area

We welcome proposals on “Maritime Studies” in relation to Australia, Malaysia and the Southeast Asian region. “Maritime studies” may encompass legal issues, environmental, security and economic challenges as well as policy-relevant ideas to strengthen maritime cooperation between Australia, Malaysia and the region. Fellows are welcome to apply from various disciplines of humanities and social sciences, such as International Relations, Political science, Public Policy, Economics, Anthropology, History, Geography and Environment, War and Security studies, Maritime and International law.


Fellows should make a scholarly and practical contribution to Australian, Malaysian and regional Southeast Asia maritime policy discourse, build research and policy innovation capability in both countries, generate ideas to advance practical cooperation, and deepen institutional links between Malaysian and Australian academics and policy influencers.

Output should generate scholarly and public discourse on maritime issues, and help inform policy discussions. The minimal expected output and dissemination would include:

  • Complete one significant publication by end of June 2022 on the research done during the fellowship and submit their research article to a reputable peer-reviewed international journal in English in 2022.
  • Presentation of initial research findings at a webinar held by the ANU Malaysia Institute.
  • Publish two short-form opinion pieces about the research done during the fellowship, one in English to be published Australian media or scholarly outlets (such as, but not limited to, The Conversation, New Mandala or East Asia Forum), and the other in Malay or English to be published in reputable Malaysian media. Your host institutions will be able to assist with these media networks.
  • Speaking at an (online) panel discussion at a policy institution in Australia or Malaysia on the topic of the research project.
  • Submit a short report on the results and outcomes from the fellowship in 2022 to the ANU Malaysia Institute.

Successful applicants will be linked to relevant scholars and institutes at their host institutions. Host institutions will work with fellows in developing conceptual ideas on the research.

Note that engagement as a Virtual Visiting Fellow does not constitute an employment contract but a visiting fellowship affiliation with ANU.

Number of Fellows (4)

Two Malaysian-based Fellows (to be hosted virtually by an Australian Institution) Two Australian-based Fellows (to be hosted virtually by a Malaysian institution)

Fellowship Period

Visiting Fellowships are for six months between January to June 2022.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates who have completed their PhD on or after 1 January 2012 at any university are eligible, as long as they are currently based at an academic institution in Malaysia or Australia. Given the need for more voices from women, culturally diverse and First Nations people in this field of research, we strongly encourage applicants from these groups to apply.


AUD 25,000 for the duration of the six-month visiting fellowship.

Funds may be used for research and other related expenses. Funds may also be provided as a research grant to your host institution. Scholars who are not full-time employed may apply to use funds to support or top-up their income, or to use funds to help buy-out their time, such those with carer responsibilities or other academic/career commitments. As stated below, we require a (minimum) 200-word justification of use of funds, and a (minimum) 100-word supporting statement from your academic supervisor or head of department.

Deadline and Application process

  1. A completed application form (see below) incorporating:
  • a 500-word research proposal for the short-term fellowship;
  • a 200-word statement on their spending plans for the AUD 25,000 fellowship award.
  • a 100-word supporting statement of the applicant’s Head of Department/School/Institute outlining support for the scholar’s research agenda and spending plans.
  1. A 2-page CV of the applicant, in particular highlighting significant publications and research activity, as well as listing two referees whom the ANU may wish to contact (no referee supporting letters or statements are required).

Selection Process

Selection is carried out through a document review in the first stage and a panel review in the second stage by the ANU Malaysia Institute. Short-listed applicants will be invited to a Zoom interview to discuss the research ideas and plans for funding. Final selection will be decided by the ANU Malaysia Institute panel, according to the expected outcomes from the research project and whether they link with the Fellowship goals and objectives, the overall contribution to scholarship of the proposal such as its originality and urgency to a specific discipline or field, and the concreteness of the research plan.

Deadline 30 October 2021

Please submit all relevant documents to by no later than 11:59PM AEST 30 October, 2021. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Further Enquiries:

Dr Ross Tapsell,
Director, ANU Malaysia Institute,
College of Asia and the Pacific.
Office phone: +61 2 6125 3677

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