CAPRS Non-Residential Fellowship

Further scholarly research related to forced displacement in Asia Pacific by converting your work into action-oriented policy papers through this fellowship.

About the programme

The University of Auckland’s Centre for Asia Pacific Refugee Studies (CAPRS) focuses on generating evidence-based and high-impact research to support persons forcibly displaced by climate or conflict-based situations. To further this mission, CAPRS is proud to introduce the Non-Residential Fellowship (NRF), an opportunity focused on supporting impact-oriented research across the Asia Pacific. The goal of this program is to create a supportive platform for scholars who have completed a masters or doctoral thesis related to forced displacement in the Asia Pacific region with a focus on converting their research into action-oriented impact.

The NRF programme will offer five fellowships with a stipend of NZ $12,000 over a period of six months to support researchers in converting their masters/PhD thesis into an action-oriented policy paper. This is a remote opportunity with no travel required from any of the fellows.

Each fellow will be assigned a mentor to assist them during the fellowship period (October 2021 - April 2022). Professional development seminars will be held prior to the start of the fellowship. These seminars will provide guidance on research impact, working with the media, communicating findings across different audiences, and fostering the mentor/mentee relationship.

Fellows will be required to have completed their policy paper conversion by the end of the fellowship period and attend a virtual Forum which will be co-hosted with Kaldor Centre where fellows will present their findings and recommendations to key stakeholders. CAPRS may provide additional funding to support the fellows in holding meetings and workshops with key stakeholders (government officials, NGOs, etc) in their research area and across Asia Pacific.

Fellows will also attend a special workshop on academic publishing during, which will be organized by Routledge, a global publisher of academic books, journals and online resources in the humanities and social sciences.

This fellowship programme has been sponsored by CAPRS' partner institution, Potato Productions Singapore.

Application Deadline: Monday 2 August 2021. 

Eligibility criteria

  • Must have recently completed and received qualifications in masters or PhD studies.
  • Must conduct their work in the Asia Pacific and be pertinent to the wider region.
  • Must convert research related to displacement. Possible topics include but are not limited to:
    • Education in emergencies
      • May include access at the primary, secondary, or tertiary level
    • Inclusive education for forcibly displaced communities
      • May include factors based on race, disability, neurodivergent, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, etc.
    • Climate change induced displacement
    • Role of gender and sexuality in displaced and refugee communities
    • Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on displaced and refugee communities
    • Mental health of displaced people in new host communities
    • Work opportunities post displacement
    • Government responses and attitudes towards newly arrived refugees and its impact on opinions of the general population
    • Cultural Heritage “on the move” – Intangible cultural heritage of displaced communities
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have lived experiences of forced displacement.

Application requirements

  • 1 page CV: format with selected articles, current status, education background, work experience (where applicable)
  • Thesis Synopsis: Summary of thesis including contribution to existing scholarship, justification, methodology, results, discussion.Project 
  • Proposal: Research topic, anticipated outcome, details of action-oriented project.
  • University support: Letter from university advisor supporting project.
    • This letter will speak to the applicant’s research and work in their field of interest. The applicant may select who is best suited to provide this letter.

Frequently asked questions

Who is eligible to apply?

Recently graduated students holding a masters or PhD diploma whose thesis focused on an area of displacement in Asia Pacific. Special consideration is given to applicants who have experienced forced displacement.

How can I apply?

Fill out the application for this fellowship by following this link.

The dates of the fellowship don’t work for me, can I propose new dates?

Unfortunately, all fellowships must begin and end around the same time. We will be providing this opportunity on a yearly basis and you are welcome to consider applying next year if the dates suit you better.

I am not based in Asia Pacific, but my research focuses on displacement in Asia Pacific, can I apply?

Yes! As long as the research is specific to this region, you can still apply.

I am based in Asia Pacific, but my research has a global focus, can I apply?

The research must be specific to this region. You may contact NRF Programme Coordinator, Sixtine Berquist, at to further discuss if your area of focus is eligible.

My research focuses on displacement in Asia Pacific but is not listed as a possible topic, can I still apply?

Yes! This list was not exhaustive, and we welcome other areas of focus for consideration.

How will the fellowship work be structured?

Every fellow will be able to structure their work as best suits their schedule and in conversation with their mentor. This opporunity is geared to fit in with other research and work obligations fellows may have.

When will I hear back about the status of my application?

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted in August for interviews with the selection committee. Final selections will be made by September 2021.

How many fellows will be supported through this opportunity?

This year, we will support up to five fellows. Stay in touch with CAPRS for future opportunities via our newsletter.