ASEAN-Australia Health Security Fellowships

What we aim to achieve:

Increase numbers of trained field epidemiologists in the region  
How we will achieve it: Funding scholarships for ASEAN nationals to complete a Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology,
and Australian fellows to undertake capacity building field placements in Southeast Asia
Who we’ve partnered with: Australian National University
Where: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
When: 2019 - 2022

Epidemiologists play a critical role in national and regional health security. Sometimes known as “disease detectives”, epidemiologists collect and analyse data from the field to understand the causes of infectious disease outbreaks and advise on containment measures.

The ASEAN-Australia Health Security Fellowship program was announced at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney in March 2018, and is a major investment of the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security to improve workforce capacity and increase capabilities to detect and contain infectious disease threats in the region.

In partnership with the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University, the Fellowships aim to build skills and expertise in epidemiology.

Australia's only field epidemiology training program, the Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology (MAE) combines practical fieldwork on real disease challenges with intensive course blocks in Canberra. The Fellowships aims to develop national champions for health security who will return to Southeast Asia to lead outbreak responses and improve the quality of training programs in their home countries.

Australian MAE students will also be supported to conduct fieldwork in partnership with research institutes in Southeast Asia, and this work will build capacity and contribute to addressing disease and development challenges for countries of the region. Australian and ASEAN Fellows will be twinned on placements to develop durable people-to-people links.

Fellowships will focus on Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

To apply and find out more about the program, visit the ANU website.