Visiting Senior Research Fellowships on Electoral Integrity:

New visiting research fellowship applications are currently closed**

Visitors will become part of the research team based in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney.

1. Description of the Visiting Research Fellowships

  • Fellows will visit the Department of Government and IR at the University of Sydney as a resident scholar for a semester. 
  • Fellows should plan to be in residence in Sydney in 2018 with the commencement dates of either the 1st semester (27 February thru 30 May 2018) or 2nd semester (1 August thru 25 November 2018 (see
  • Fellows are expected to write and submit a new research paper relating to electoral integrity which is designed for publication in a scholarly journal or book, as well as being published on the project website; 
  • Fellowships provide AUD$15,000 remuneration; 
  • Two-thirds of the fellowship award (AUD$10,000) will be paid on arrival in Sydney and one third after final submission of the research paper; 
  • Visa documents, if required, are the responsibility of the applicant. The University will offer support where it is available, though it is recommended that the applicant explore visa options before submitting their application. Visas take at least two months to be issued by the Australian government.
  • Visiting Fellows are asked to participate in activities in the programs of the project, department and the university, to meet regularly with other colleagues, to interact with students, and to make public presentations of their research as part of project activities.
  • We can provide general housing advice although visiting fellows will need to arrange their own accommodation in Sydney. Visitors can apply for temporary accommodation during the university vacations in International House. Accommodation in Sydney is relatively expensive, however, compared with many global cities. Applicants planning to visit are advised to check the costs of local 'executive apartments' (use this exact search phrase), which are furnished, serviced with internet/cable and designed for professional short-term lets. Companies with such properties include  Domain,  Balmain Wharf Apartments, Home-Away-from-Home, and Medina Apartments.

2. Essential skills and qualifications

  • Applicants should hold a full-time academic teaching or research appointment in Political Science or a related field.
  • Applicants should hold a doctorate in Political Science or a related field. Scholars who have not yet been awarded their PhD are ineligible to visit under this fellowship scheme; check the visiting post-doc fellowships instead.
  • Applicants should have a minimum of 5-years relevant experience of teaching and research.
  • International applicants are strongly encouraged.
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English is expected of all Fellows.

3. Applications

Applicants should apply using the online form to provide the following details: 

  • Full contact details;
  • A short proposal for a new research paper relevant to the electoral integrity project;
  • A Curriculum Vitae, highlighting previous publications relating to the proposal; 
  • The names and contact details of two referees.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. Any queries should be sent to


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