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Visiting Research Fellowships on Electoral Integrity

Visiting research fellowships are available for senior scholars working on issues of electoral integrity. 

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 are expected to write and submit a new research paper relating to electoral integrity and 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 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.
  • Visiting Fellows are asked to participate in the programs of the 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 departmental activities.
  • We can help 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, and applicants planning to visit are advised to check the costs of local executive apartments, which are furnished and serviced for monthly lets, such as via Domain,  Balmain Wharf Apartments, and Medina ApartmentsA summary of different accommodation options in Sydney could be found here: Accomodation for visitors to Sydney  

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.
  • 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 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 Lisa Fennis, the Project Coordinator, at electoralintegrity@gmail.com. 


The University is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups and women are encouraged.

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