Political Change in Southeast Asia

Degree type


Closing date

27 March 2023



Citizenship requirement


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.


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

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

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Taufiq Tanasaldy to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • 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.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application 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.

Apply now Explore other projects

Why the University of Tasmania?

Worldwide reputation for research excellence

Quality supervision and support

Tasmania offers a unique study lifestyle experience