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  • Locations: Lijiang, China
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:

South West China


CRWF7000 Applied Policy Project is an exciting new program offered for the first time in 2019. 

Yunnan University and the Australian National University will jointly offer Masters level students from both universities an opportunity to collaborate on policy research projects in Yunnan Province, China. Teams of students will work on research projects that will inform local policy making and evaluation.  

This is an amazing opportunity for you to develop your policy research skills and to gain a deeper understanding of regional policy challenges and policy-making processes in China.  If you are a postgraduate student in the disciplines of public policy, economics, development studies, environmental protection, or natural resource management, The Applied Policy Project - China is for you.

Study Activity

In-country activity for this course will run from Sunday 17 November - Sunday 6 December 2019.

You will spend the first two days of the course attending a field school workshop at Yunnan University in Kunming. You will then travel to Lijiang and Weixi County in northwest Yunnan where you will conduct first-hand research on local and regional policy and development challenges. You  will be guided in the field and in your research projects by professors from ANU and Yunnan University.

Potential research topics include economic development, poverty alleviation, agribusiness, environmental protection, energy and infrastructure and tourism. Participants will form teams with Yunnan University graduate students to conduct research. Yunnan University partners will be proficient in English. There is no Chinese-language requirement for this course. 

As the program will travel to some remote, high-altitude, mountainous regions it is recommended that you have a good level of fitness. Accommodation will be safe but basic which will add to the immersive experience.  

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

This opportunity is open to ANU postgraduate coursework students who have an interest in public policy and have completed, or currently undertaking, a course in research methods.

All you need to do is provide a short statement telling us why this opportunity would benefit you personally, professionally and/or academically, and your understanding of a key policy or development challenge facing local governments in China. 

Academic results may also be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Application Details

Complete the application by midnight Monday 19 August 2019.

If you are successful, you will be advised of your application outcome by Wednesday 28 August 2019

Confirmation of your participation is required by Friday 30 August 2019 to allow enough time to process paperwork on the China side (Chinese Government approvals and letters of invitation will be required for visas).

Funding Opportunities

Successful applicants will receive $500 funding support through the Engage Asia Travel Guarantee.

Travel and Other Costs

You will be required to independently arrange and cover the costs of return flights to Kunming.  You will also need to cover the costs of visas and living expenses whilst in-country.

Accommodation and group in-country transport costs will be covered by the Crawford School of Public Policy. You will pay tuition fees to ANU for this six unit course. 

You will be covered by ANU travel insurance for the duration of the course.

General Information for Mobility Programs

While the College of Asia and the Pacific welcomes participation from all eligible ANU students, credit towards your degree program will be at the discretion of your home College. It is your responsibility to consult with your College's student advisors about how this course might fit into your current degree requirements.

You should ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the end date of the program. 

The CAP Student Centre is not able to provide visa advice, please refer to the relevant embassy or immigration department for advice about visas.


CAP Student Centre
Between Menzies Library and the Australian Centre for China in the World
T: 6125 3207

This program is currently not accepting applications.