Call for Applications: The Australian Historic Shipwreck Protection Project

From the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, an opportunity for Southeast Asian Archaeologists to train in an underwater archaeology fieldwork project in Australia:

The Australian Historic Shipwreck Protection Project
Location: Port Philip Bay, Victoria, Australia
Dates: 16 April – 11 May 2012
Deadline for submission: 24 February 2012
Registration details here.

Applicants are being sought from Southeast Asian archaeologists interested in pursuing a four-week underwater archaeology fieldwork program at the Clarence (1850) shipwreck in Port Phillip Bay, near the city of Melbourne, in Australia. The Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre (NSC) Archaeology Unit (AU) will be giving financial travel assistance to 2-3 successful applicants to gain experience in conducting underwater archaeology, with a maximum of SGD$2,000 per applicant. The AHSP project team will be providing for the accommodation and food costs for the period in which the applicant will be with the project (see the next section for further information). Preference will be given to students at the postgraduate level, or younger professionals in archaeological institutions.

Applicants for this travel assistance should ideally be archaeologists who are citizens of Southeast Asian countries. Southeast Asian nations include: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, The Philippines, Thailand, Timor Leste, and Vietnam. Preference will be given to SCUBA divers (though this is not an absolute requirement) and/or those recently trained in underwater archaeology. A good command of English is essential.

The deadline for applications in on 24 Feb 2011. For full application requirements and form, please see the NSC website here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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