The Blue Security consortium is seeking expression of interest forms for early career scholars for the 2024 Fellowship Program. The Fellowship aims to support emerging researchers in Southeast Asia, promote diverse voices on maritime security and facilitate new research on maritime security. Each Fellow will produce one 8000-word Maritime Affairs publication and at least one shorter commentary. Alongside this, there will be funded opportunities to travel in Southeast Asia, and the successful Fellows will participate in at least one research workshop in 2024.

Fellows should demonstrate strong research skills and interest in maritime security issues in the Indo-Pacific, with a focus on one of Blue Security’s three pillars of: order, law and power. The Fellowships will be based at La Trobe Asia at La Trobe University but located remotely. We are also looking for Fellows who are interested in enhancing research collaboration between Southeast Asia and Australia, and existing research collaborations and networks will be looked upon favourably. There is a strong preference for Southeast Asian Fellows that focus on Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia.


Remuneration: Each fellow will be paid a stipend of $5,000 AUD with opportunities for funded travel.

Duration: January-December 2024 (can be negotiated)

Institutional Base: La Trobe Asia, La Trobe University

Location: Remote

Experience: PhD candidate or 5 years post-PhD (not inclusive of career interruptions)


Successful recipients of the Fellowship will be expected to:

  1. Produce high-quality research on maritime security issues in Southeast Asia. This includes one 8,000-word Maritime Affairs publication and at least one commentary;
  2. Undertake at least two presentations of your work in progress and final research findings;
  3. Participate in relevant Blue Security activities, including online dialogues and events;
  4. Participate in a workshop in Southeast Asia;
  5. Complete the project by December 2024.

Participation of in-person activities will be supported with funding from Blue Security. This includes travel and accommodation.

EOI Materials

At this stage, we are accepting EOIs. We may ask for more information in future.

  1. A one-page A4 statement explaining your interest in the Fellowship program and relevant research and work experience;
  2. A short CV of no more than 4 pages.

Applications must be sent via email to

The deadline for the application is Day 31 October 2023. Decisions to proceed with the EOI (or request for more information) will be made by 17 November 2023.

For more information on the fellowships click here. For further information relating to this Fellowship or the Blue Security Program please contact:

Associate Professor Bec Strating
Director – La Trobe Asia

Recent activities

Blue Security Program's Australian delegates presenting at Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics on maritime diplomacy by middle powers in the Indo-Pacific. It was a fantastic opportunity to attend this important Vietnamese political and learning institution.