Young People and Skills Rapid Research Grants

The Australia-Indonesia Centre has established a grant scheme within the Partnership for Australia-Indonesia Research (PAIR) program.


The scheme will fund Young People and Skills Rapid Research (YPS-RR) projects up to AUD $30,000 each. Total funding available is maximum AUD 300,000. YPS-RR projects will have a four-month duration.

Please note: this scheme was previously called the Young People and Development Rapid Research (YPD-RR) grant scheme.

Applications: Closed

Publication date: 19 May 2021

Selection process: Closed competitive call. Open to researchers from the University of Melbourne, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Universitas Indonesia and Universitas Hasanuddin.

The Young People and Skills Rapid Research (YPS-RR) grant scheme is part of the PAIR initiative. The scheme focuses on the theme: Young People and Skills in South Sulawesi – young people aged between 16 and 30, Indonesia’s largest demographic group.

Young people are a driving force for development. Investing in their health, skills and enterprise development is essential for their wellbeing and national economic stability. This scheme focuses on the human capital development agenda, a priority of the Government of Indonesia. The Government’s human capital agenda aims to capitalise on Indonesia’s large youth population to develop a skilled and competitive workforce.

Download the Young People and Development Pilot Project report: Understanding the aspirations of young people in rural communities in South Sulawesi

Download the Young People, Health, and Development Pilot Project report: Health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19 on young people in South Sulawesi

The YPS-RR scheme responds to the agenda, with a specific focus on the province of South Sulawesi. Grants supported by the scheme are to help identify the skills gaps and development needs of young people in the province and across a number of sectors. It will provide analysis on jobs, education opportunities and skills gaps and requirements that will help determine how the South Sulawesi workforce (including women, people with disabilities and marginalised groups) can be better supported to meet industry needs.

Each YPS-RR project proposal will focus on an analysis of education opportunities (vocational education and training and higher education) or skills gaps, including industry needs in one sector chosen from below:

  • Health and wellbeing – e.g. skills needs of frontline health workers, health systems
  • Commodities – e.g. seaweed farming
  • Transport – airport, seaport and public transport
  • Logistics and supply chain
  • Tourism
  • Digital economy

Important: The YPS-RR grants are limited to projects with a focus on South Sulawesi. Projects can address sectoral challenges at provincial, district – the three districts (Barru, Pangkep and Maros), Makassar and Parepare – and/or at village level (within district/s of focus).

Eligibility: The YPS-RR projects are open to researchers from all disciplines based at the University of Melbourne, Universitas Indonesia, Institut Teknologi Bandung and Universitas Hasanuddin.

Instructions for application submission: Project applications must be submitted by the University of Melbourne Research Office to the AIC by the closing date via Applications must satisfy all the requirements set out in the YPS-RR Grant Funding Guidelines.

YPS-RR Funding Guidelines

Project application template (.docx format)*

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Information Session held on 30 June: session recording and presentation slides

Enquiries: For enquiries please contact the Program Management Team by emailing

Note: A previous version of the guidelines stated that expected outputs included a 15,000 word report and an article for The Conversation. This has been revised to a 10,000 word report, and an article for The Conversation is optional but not expected.

*Please note the application template was changed on 16 June 2021 to remove the name/position columns from the stakeholders table to ensure their anonymity.

*Please note: the application closing date has been extended on 23 June 2021 and the funding guidelines document has been updated to reflect the new timeline.

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