The Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (SEA CAPE) invites applications for scholarships to support a four-week, extracurricular study tour of Southeast Asia, entitled 'Understanding Southeast Asia'.

The purpose of the field course is to broaden understanding of and engagement with Southeast Asia among New Zealand university students. The study tour will focus on understanding business environments and opportunities in Southeast Asia but will also introduce students to the social, cultural and political dimensions of life in the region. Countries to be visited during the course will include Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The study tour will take place between 12 January and 8 February 2018. It will be led by Associate Professor Malcolm McKinnon (Victoria University of Wellington) and Ms Jane Gunn-Lewis (Arcadia University).

There are 24 places available for successful applicants. The scholarship will meet all the expenses of the study tour (travel to and from Auckland and within Southeast Asia, insurance, accommodation and meals).

The study tour is not for credit but successful applicants must agree to complete specified assignments and promotional activities in the course of the study tour as a condition of accepting the scholarship.

Applicants must be enrolled undergraduate students at a New Zealand university. They must have completed at least three semesters of study at the time applications close.

With the completed application form, students must submit the following:

  • Current academic transcript
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A 500-750 word essay

The composition of the study tour group is intended to be broadly representative of the diversity of the undergraduate student population in New Zealand universities. A variety of factors, including academic achievements, may be taken into account in making the final selection of successful applicants.

The application form can be uploaded below, and must be submitted, electronically, no later than 5pm on Monday, 30 October 2017.


Submit an essay of between 500 and 750 words as part of your application making the case for your participation in the study tour. It should include, but need not be confined to, comments on the following:

  • What you expect to learn about Southeast Asia and from Southeast Asians during the course of the study tour
  • The likely impact of the study tour on your life and career, up to ten to fifteen years from now.


These activities are part of the terms and conditions of the scholarship. If students fail to complete these assignments, the entitlement to cite the study tour on their curriculum vitae may be withheld.

Field reports

  • Three short pieces of writing on set themes, preferably as blogs
  • A five to seven minute presentation to fellow students on a set theme
  • A video presentation (maximum length 5 minutes) on a set theme

Votes of thanks

  • At least one vote of thanks to a speaker who has addressed the group.


  • Participation in these; guidance will be provided if needed.

Application Process

Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 30 October 2017.


Download the application form.

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Submit your application and complete the application process. Applications close at 5pm on Monday, 30 October 2017.

What happens afterwards?

Successful applicants will be notified by email. If you have any questions about the scholarship programme, the application process, or any other matters, please contact