Collaborative research grants


The Philippines Project provides small research grants for approximately three to four research projects each year to foster collaborative research between Australian and Philippine scholars. The Project invites applications for research projects into the Politics, Economics and Governance of the Philippines. We specifically encourage applicants to apply under the following themes:

  • Inclusive Growth;
  • Regulation and Governance;
  • Law and Justice;
  • Political Economy;
  • Gender Studies;
  • Conflict, Peacebuilding, and Security;
  • International Relations

Current recipients

Congratulations to our 2017 collaborative research grant recipients. Visit the announcement page to find out about their projects.

How to Apply?

Applications can be submitted to the Philippines Project by email at

Applications must contain the following attachments:

  1. Completed research grant proposal Application form

  2. Current CV for all intended researchers (max. 3 A4 pages each)

Key Dates 2018

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


  • Proposals will be accepted from partnership/collaboration between researchers from two or more institutions.
  • One member of the research team must be affiliated with a Philippine academic or research institution.


  • Applications for small research grants are assessed on the basis of academic quality and research potential.
  • Priority is given to proposals which demonstrate prospects for long term cooperation between Philippine and Australian institutions and potential to obtain additional funding.
  • Proposals must address how their research intends to take into account gender equity.
  • Applications will be assessed on the basis of their research and budget proposals.
    • Research proposals require the following:
      1. Title
      2. Abstract (max. 250 words)
      3. Research objectives
      4. Background
      5. Methodology
      6. Significance, innovation and policy relevance
      7. Expected outcomes and deliverables
      8. Explanation of any anticipated gender issues involved in the research project
      9. Timeline (schedule of research activities)
  • Applicants are required to provide contact details of two referees and current CVs for all members of the research team.


  • The grants are intended to cover the cost of initiating new research activities, such as economy airfares, local travel, field work, data collection or research assistance.
  • The value of the grant will range from A$10,000 to A$20,000. The Project reserves the right to determine the final amount to be awarded.
  • The grants are not meant to cover salary costs, overhead costs of institutes attached to the applicant, medical insurance, visa charges, and private travel. Expenses of spouses, dependents and relatives travelling with the recipient will not be covered.
  • The grants research must be completed within twelve months.
  • Grant recipients are responsible for securing ethics approval, where relevant.
  • Grant recipients are responsible for securing the approval of their institutions/organisations to undertake the fellowship, where required. This includes securing travel approval and authorisation to conduct collaborative research.
  • All grant awardees are also obliged to submit copies of their research outputs 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.


  • Applications received are considered by a selection committee. Applicants will be notified of the outcome via email.

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