China Matters-UTS:ACRI Fellowship

Dr Edward Chan is the inaugural China Matters-UTS:ACRI Fellow! 

Dr Edward Chan is a scholar, researcher, and policy analyst specialising in China’s maritime security. He is a Postdoctoral Fellow from the Australian Centre on China in the World, the Australian National University (ANU). With expertise in international relations, Indo-Pacific security, China’s foreign policy, and maritime security, his current research focuses on China’s evolving influence in oceans governance. He is the author of China’s Maritime Security Strategy: The Evolution of a Growing Sea Power (Routledge, 2021). Edward is also the Associate Editor of The China Journal. Dr Chan’s Fellowship project is titled, “Australia-China relations and maritime security in the South Pacific”. It aims to strengthen understanding of how Australia can effectively navigate its various maritime interests in the context of China’s rising presence in the South Pacific region, while seeking opportunities for engagement between the two countries in non-conventional security issues.

About the Fellowship

An initiative of China Matters in partnership with the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS:ACRI), the China Matters-UTS:ACRI Fellowship is an investment in the next generation of Australian China specialists.

The Fellowship was established to support Australian early career researchers in the field of China Studies examining issues of particular relevance for Australia, and to provide an opportunity to undertake policy-relevant research in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Research outputs from the Fellowship will foster policy-relevant China knowledge and the community of Australia-China relations study.

The Fellowship is an opportunity for an early career Australian researcher to conduct research in the PRC with feedback and mentoring provided by UTS:ACRI under the guidance of Professor James Laurenceson, UTS:ACRI Director, and Ms Linda Jakobson, former founding director of China Matters.

The maximum total value of the Fellowship is AU$40,000, for the duration of the Fellowship: one year.

Applications open annually. The China Matters-UTS:ACRI Fellowship for 2024-2025 is now closed. For future applications, please check here.


The China Matters-UTS:ACRI Fellowship was established with a donation made by China Matters to UTS:ACRI for the specific purpose of founding a fellowship as an investment in the next generation of Australian China specialists. The donation included final sponsorship payments to China Matters by Aurizon and BHP.

Additionally, private donations were made to the Fellowship by long-term supporters of China Matters work: Mr Michael Ahrens, Professor Jocelyn Chey AM, Douglass Foundation, Mr Stuart Fuller, Mr Kevin McCann AO, Dr Heather Smith PSM and Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM, Ms Alison and Mr Rod Watkins.

If you would like to donate to the China Matters-UTS:ACRI Foundation please contact: [email protected]