Visiting fellowships


The Philippines Project runs a visiting fellowship program offering approximately five to six researchers and/or policymakers a four-week to six-month fellowship to pursue projects focused on inclusive economic growth, trade, politics and governance in the Philippines. The Project reserves the right to determine the length of fellowship awarded to the recipient.

The fellows will be hosted at ANU, however there may be scope for Australian academics to visit a Philippine academic or research institution.

It is envisaged that all fellows participate in the intellectual and policy life of the host School, present a paper in the Philippine forum series and/or write a short opinion piece for publication.

Fellows are encouraged to forge connections with other Australian and Philippine universities and/or institutions who work on Philippines and other East Asia regions.

Grant Awardees

In the second round for 2017, the following applicants were selected for the Philippines Project Visiting Fellowship program:

  • Dr Charles G.L. Donnelly “The Return of Strongman Rule in the Philippines: Black Flags, Martial Law and the Pivot”

  • Dr Robert Dyball et al. “Nexus Challenges in Securing Sustainable Food Systems: Implications for the Philippines”

How to Apply?

Applications can be submitted to the Philippines project by email at

Applications must contain the following two attachments:

  1. Completed visiting fellowship application form: for academics OR for policymakers
  2. Current CV

Key Dates 2018

Round one for 2018 is now open! Applications close 07 March 2018.

To be notified of key dates for future rounds, sign up to the Philippines Project’s mailing list


  • Academic applicants must possess a PhD qualification or academic appointment or equivalent rank in a University or research organisation. Policymaker applicants must have an affiliation with a Philippine government agency or policy focused organisation (with or without current appointment). They must also be engaged through their work in drafting or deciding on policies. The fellowship is meant to assist them in their role to help them engage with their counterparts in Australia. Visiting fellows are required to secure approval from home institutions and/or agencies, where required.
  • Previous awardees are ineligible to receive the grant for 2 years after the completion of their awarded grant.


  • Academic and/or professional distinction, record of publication where relevant, and potential or identified links with researchers and/or institutions where relevant.
  • Applicants will be assessed on the basis of their research/work and engagement plans (see application form).
  • Research/work plans should address:

    1. A proposed work plan of any publications to be developed or produced during the fellowship (e.g. completing analysis of a current research project; writing up the results of a PhD thesis; producing a scoping study on comparative policy approaches; engaging in a study tour to engage with Australian Government departments). This should include a timeline of planned fellowship activities during the proposed period of the fellowship.
    2. A summary of research interests and experience relevant to the research themes of the Philippines project – inclusive economic growth, trade, politics, and governance.
    3. A summary of the likely benefits to the Philippines project arising from your research work being undertaken during the fellowship.
    4. An expected timeline for the project. Visiting Fellowships can take place over a range of timespans, from 5 days - 4 months, but may be as long as 6 months under exceptional circumstances. Timespans must be approved by the selection panel.
  • Engagement plans should address:

    1. Title, abstract (max. 250 words), and brief outline of proposed seminar topic for the Philippine forum series
    2. Information about links with researchers in Schools/Centres in ANU and other institutions in Australia, including names of relevant contacts, where appropriate.
    3. State how you can contribute to the aims of the Philippines project.
    4. State how you may be able to engage with relevant Australian government agencies and institutions.
  • Applicants are also required to provide contact details of two referees and a current CV.


  • The fellowship money is intended to cover return economy airfares, accommodation, visa costs, and a reasonable weekly stipend. The Philippines Project reserves the right to determine the amount to be awarded.
  • Fellows will be provided with access to the collection of ANU libraries, computer facilities and ANU public seminars.
  • The fellowship is not meant to cover salary costs, overhead costs of institutes attached to the applicant, medical insurance, and private travel. Expenses of spouses, dependents and relatives travelling with the recipient will not be covered.
  • All expenses are to be receipted. Exceptions may apply where receipts cannot be obtained in certain circumstances in the Philippines, as per ANU policies.
  • Fellows are responsible for securing ethics approval, where relevant.
  • Fellows are responsible for securing the approval of their institutions/organisations to undertake the fellowship, where required. This includes securing travel approval and authorization to conduct collaborative research, where required.
  • All grant awardees are obliged to submit copies of their research outputs; to publish an online article (roughly 1000 words) summarising their findings; and to give a presentation on their activities upon request as part of the Philippine Forum Series, Philippine Update Conference, or any of the Philippines Project’s events or activities.

Contact information

For further information, please contact:

Rory MacNeil
Project Coordinator
Philippines Project

Updated:  10 August 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, RegNet/Page Contact:  Director, RegNet