Southeast Asia

A Queen's Strategic Priority Region

Southeast Asia is expansive including eleven states. With the rich and diverse culture, large population, fast growing economy, and the controversial yet significant geopolitics, the region provides true opportunities for universities with global vision and commitment to make a global impact. Queen’s aims to focus partnership development in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam.

Zhiyao Zhang Regional Lead for Southeast Asia

Get in Touch with the Regional Lead

As Director, Asia Region, Dr. Zhiyao Zhang is the regional lead for Southeast and East Asia. He is a resource for the Queen's community seeking international collaborations. This includes partnership development, agreements and contracts, connecting to regional networks and funding sources, and coordinating incoming diplomatic delegations or university wide visits. 

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Partnership Highlights

Regional Funding Opportunities

Queen’s is a member of the ACU, the oldest international network of universities (400+ members across 40 commonwealth countries).

Opportunities for Staff and Faculty

  • ACU Fellowships facilitate learning, collaboration, and new partnerships – offering academics and professional staff up to 5000 GBP towards research visits up to six months at ACU member universities.
  • ACU Grants enable universities to develop research, train staff, build connections, and more.
  • Many of these opportunities look favourably on collaborative proposals with other ACU universities, including those in Southeast Asia.

Opportunities for Students

  • ACU Summer School Grants: hosted in a different country each year, the ACU provides funding for students from every corner of the Commonwealth to discuss multidisciplinary issues of global importance.
  • ACU has a number of Scholarships and Fellowships for students.

When are these opportunities open?

CFLI provides funding for small-scale, high-impact projects in developing countries, which align with Global Affairs Canada’s thematic priority areas for engagement.

Opportunity Summary

  • The program is directed at projects conceived and designed predominantly by local partners.
  • Projects are selected and approved by the relevant Canadian embassy or high commission.
  • The average CFLI contribution is $40,000 Canadian Dollars ($100,000 CAD maximum).
  • Annual calls are launched for countries in the Southeast Asia region.

When do these opportunities open?

  • Annual submission times vary by country.


SEED offers opportunities to professionals in ASEAN countries for professional development through short-term courses in Canada.

Opportunity Summary

  • A scholarship of up to $16,600 CAD is available to mid-career professionals from academia, civil society, the private sector (with a focus on micro, small and medium-sized businesses, and on social enterprises), and the public sector (including ministries, parastatals, state-owned enterprises, legislative and judicial bodies).
  • It is the responsibility of the applicants to identify the Canadian institution and the short-term course of their choice in their applications.
  • Following Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, a larger amount of scholarships will be awarded to women, and to candidates from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam than other ASEAN member states.

When are these opportunities open?

  • Deadline in February, however program is not available every year.


Mitacs is a nonprofit Canadian research organization that, in partnerships with academia, industry and government, operates research and training programs in fields related to industrial and social innovation.

Highlighted Opportunity

  • For Queen’s Students - Globalink Research Award (GRA): Open to full time senior undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows from Canada. Candidates are provided $6,000 to undertake 12-24 week projects with a home supervisor and a host supervisor in the other country. Eligible countries in Southeast Asia include Malaysia and Singapore. – Learn More

When does this opportunity open?

  • GRA Applications are submitted by supervisor at the start of the year for either an April or June start date.


The Pathy Foundation Fellowship is an intensive 12-month experiential learning opportunity for graduating students to lead a self-directed community-focused project in a community they have a meaningful connection with, anywhere in the world.

Opportunity Summary

  • Individuals must propose an innovative idea to strengthen or develop a community; or have a connection with a positive and sustainable community development initiative in any field already underway within a community that they would like to build upon in an innovative way.
  • Successful candidates will receive up to $40,000 CAD to assist with living allowances, travel expenses, and initiative funding.
  • Open to full time undergraduate or masters students in the final year of their program.

When do these opportunities open?

  • Annually - open in September, due in January.


The Principal's Teaching and Learning Awards celebrate teaching excellence and the diverse ways in which educators and educational supports enhance the student learning experience at Queen’s. 

Opportunity Summary

  • The Principal’s Globally Engaged Education Innovation Award honours the outstanding efforts of an individual or a team of students, staff and/or faculty (in any combination) who innovatively internationalize a course or program of teaching and learning, by embedding global content, perspectives and dimensions into the course or program, whether on campus or as part of a field program.
  • Any member of the Queen's community can initiate a nomination, self-nominations are also allowed.

Award recipients will:

  • be presented with the award at the annual Teaching Awards Reception;
  • receive a $2000 award to be used at their discretion and;
  • be featured in international Queen’s communications stories.

When do these opportunities open?

  • Open in September, Close in January


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