ASEAN-Australia Health Security Fellowships

What we aim to achieve:

Improve regional capacity to deliver field epidemiology training.

How we will achieve it:

Funding scholarships for up to nine ASEAN nationals to complete a Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology, and eight Australian fellows to undertake capacity building field placements in Southeast Asia.

Who we’ve partnered with:

Australian National University, Pasteur Institute in Cambodia, National Center for Laboratory and Epidemiology in Laos, Central Epidemiology Unit in Myanmar.


Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.


The partnership runs from 2018 - 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 Fellowships 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 increase capabilities to detect and contain infectious disease threats in the region. In partnership with the Australian National University (ANU), the Fellowships program aims to build high-level skills and expertise in epidemiology. Fellow support the work of the Pasteur Institute in Cambodia, the National Center for Laboratory and Epidemiology in Laos and other regional institutions.

As Australia's only field epidemiology training program, ANU’s Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology (MAE) combines practical fieldwork on real disease challenges with intensive course blocks in Canberra. The Fellowships program 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 are supported to conduct fieldwork in partnership with research institutes in Southeast Asia, which will build capacity and contribute to addressing disease and development challenges for countries of Southeast Asia. Australian and ASEAN Fellows will be twinned on placements to develop durable people-to-people links. The Fellowships program focused on Cambodia and Laos in 2019, and five new students commenced in 2020 from Myanmar, Vietnam and Laos.

To prepare and respond to outbreaks of COVID-19, all of the ASEAN-Australia Health Security Fellows have supported national efforts to contain the pandemic through research, contact tracing, disease modelling and screening.  

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