NCIS visitor programs

Current visitors

Visitor Role Date of visit
Dr Martin Müller
Postdoctoral Fellow, The SAXO Institute, Denmark.

Martin Müller completed his PhD dissertation at the European University Institute in Florence. The dissertation, entitled Civilization, Culture and Race in John Crawfurd’s Discourses on Southeast Asia: Continuities and Changes, c.1814-1868, addressed the uses of the notions of civilisation, race, and culture within a set of British nineteenth century discourses on Southeast Asia, its peoples, and their history. He has subsequently published on these matters in books and academic journals, and at present he holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship, sponsored by the Danish Research Council, in global history at the University of Copenhagen; the title of the research project he works on is Territoriality, Governmentality, and Colonial Rule: A Global History of the War on Non-Sedentary Peoples and Itinerant Cultures during the Long 19th Century.

NCIS visitor 2 – 22 December 2016
Ms Sarah Bourke
PhD Scholar, University of Oxford.

» read Sarah Bourke's profile

Visiting PhD Scholar at NCIS August 2015 – September 2016
Mr Geoff Langford
Manager, Langford Consulting Pty Ltd.

» read Geoff Langford's profile

Visiting Fellow at NCIS January 2015 – January 2018
Mr Len Kanowski
PhD Scholar (Aboriginal Studies), Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle

» read Len Knowski's profile

Visiting Fellow at NCIS November 2012 – December 2016

» view details of past NCIS visitors


NCIS provides visitors with the opportunity for research at ANU and to be part of the Centre. NCIS welcomes applications from research students, early career scholars and established academics, as well as experts in the field of Indigenous studies whose career has not necessarily followed an academic pathway. In particular, NCIS extends a warm invitation to Indigenous applicants, whether from within Australia or overseas.

All visitors have access to general facilities, library services and ANU events. In most cases, office space is shared. Prior to commencing, the visitor's contribution to NCIS will be agreed via discussion with the NCIS Visitors and Honorary Staff Members Committee. Visitors are expected to provide a seminar and a report on their work at NCIS. Visitors may also be asked to provide advice and/or a Master Class to graduate students and occasional teaching in their area of expertise.

NCIS offers the following visitor programs:

The Distinguished Visiting Fellow program is for internationally recognised experts who are invited to visit NCIS. The Distinguished Visiting Fellow contributes directly to the NCIS research program.

The Visiting Fellow program is for established academics or other experts in the Indigenous Studies sector.

The Visiting Scholar program is for early career academics and visitors from non-academic areas who wish to devote a period of time to sustained research at NCIS.

The Visiting Research Student program provides a base for domestic and foreign graduate research students conducting field work in Australia or accessing resources at ANU and/or in Canberra. NCIS does not provide supervision to Visiting Research Students, although staff are available for discussion on shared research interests.

Criteria for considering applications

NCIS receives many requests for visits and unfortunately we are not able to accommodate all who wish to come. In making the decision whether or not to approve an application to visit NCIS, the NCIS Visitors and Honorary Staff Members Committee will give consideration to a range of factors, including:

  • 1. The fit of the proposed research project with NCIS research themes and current research.
  • 2. The quality of the applicant’s research and track record.
  • 3. The quality of any existing relationships between the applicant and NCIS researchers, including any history of research collaboration with NCIS researchers.
  • 4. The potential contribution that the visitor will make to NCIS, including potential benefits to PhD scholars.
  • 5. The extent to which granting the applicant visitor status would contribute to building researcher capacity in the field of Indigenous Studies.
  • 6. The availability of a suitable and willing NCIS researcher to act as an academic contact person who will be responsible for the academic orientation of the visitor to NCIS.
  • 7. The capacity of NCIS to host a visitor.


NCIS is pleased to accommodate visitors for any duration between a week and up to six months. This period can be extended and, in some circumstances, a visit of up to one year or more may be approved. Visitors are welcome to apply for an extension of their visit one month before the termination of the initial appointment. In considering an application for extension, the NCIS Director will take into account (amongst other considerations) the contribution of the visitor to the NCIS and the research results achieved during the initial period.

Ethical approval for research

If visitors wish to conduct research with humans, such as by conducting interviews, during their time as a visitor at NCIS it is an ANU requirement that they obtain ANU Ethics clearance from the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

Where the research involves Indigenous peoples, if approval for the research has already been granted by an:

  • Australian institution, the visitor can apply for an E1 Expedited Approval.
  • overseas institution, the visitor must submit a full HREC application.

If the research does not involve Indigenous peoples, and approval for the research has been granted by another institution (whether in Australia or overseas), the visitor can apply for an E1 Expedited Approval.

Visitors can apply for ANU Ethics clearance before arriving at NCIS, once the paperwork associated with their visit has been processed. Detailed instructions on how to complete the application are available on the ANU Human Ethics website:

We strongly encourage visitors to contact the ANU Human Ethics Officer on +61 2 6125 3427 or with any questions.

Visas for oversea visitors

Overseas visitors to NCIS may require a visa to enter Australia. It is the visitor’s responsibility to ensure that all immigration and government health requirements are met. The visa application process can be onerous and lengthy. Visitors are asked to bear this in mind when making an application to visit.

Application procedure

Application pack

NCIS Visitor Information Pack

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NCIS Visitor Application Form

To apply for a visiting position, please read the guidelines provided in the NCIS Visitor Information Pack and fill out the NCIS Visitor Application Form, attach the required documentation and submit these to the Chair of NCIS Visitors and Honorary Staff Member Committee, Dr Gareth Knapman.

The NCIS Visitors and Honorary Staff Members Committee meets every quarter and considers applications at any time of the year but an application may take up to ten weeks to be processed.


Information about NCIS visitor programs can be found in the NCIS Visitor Information Pack listed above. If you have any further enquiries, please contact the Chair of the NCIS Visitors and Honorary Staff Members Committee, Dr Gareth Knapman.

Updated:  16 December 2016/ Responsible Officer:  NCIS Project Coordinator/ Page Contact:  NCIS Administrative Officer