Political Change in Southeast Asia

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

Southeast Asia's importance to Australia is due to its strategic location, between China and India, its increasing economic prosperity and the role played the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The region is politically, economically and culturally diverse and fragmented. This diversity is also reflected in research on the region. This research project is committed to identifying trends in political and social change in the region via single-case country studies or comparative studies of ASEAN countries. The aim is to understand the social and political dynamics of change. Candidates with working knowledge of relevant Southeast Asian language(s), who have work/research experiences in the region, and are interested in one or more of the following areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Elections and Political Parties
  • Political Islam
  • Social Media and Politics
  • Democratisation and Social Conflict
  • Politics of the Middle-class
  • Corruption and Governance Issues
  • Asian and Regional Security
  • Human Rights and Citizenship

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Taufiq Tanasaldy


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $31,500 per annum (2023 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Other funding opportunities and fees

For further information regarding other scholarships on offer, and the various fees of undertaking a research degree, please visit our Scholarships and fees on research degrees page.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact Dr Taufiq Tanasaldy to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 25 September 2023.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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