17 OCTOBER 2017

The draft program of the 5th FASIC International Conference titled AUSTRALIA-CHINA: TRANSNATIONAL CONNECTIVITY is now available, click here to download a PDF copy.

25 AUGUST 2017

FASIC is pleased to release guidelines for 2017 Australian Studies in China Program (2017 ASP). Click here for more information.

24 AUGUST 2017

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. FASIC supported Chinese Journal of Australian Studies is now accepting submissions of scholarly articles and reviews on
Australian politics, economy, society, education, culture, literature, history and art. The journal is managed by the Australian Studies Centre at Beijing
Foreign Studies University. Click here for details. Enquires and submissions:

16 AUGUST 2017 

SAVE THE DATE. The 5th FASIC International Conference titled: Transnational Connectivity will be held at Jiangsu Normal University, Xuzhou, China, 1-3 November 2017. This conference is hosted in partnership with Australian Studies Centre at Jiangsu Normal University ( , and co-organised by the Australian Studies Centre at Peking University ( ; ). For English version of media release, click here. 中文新闻通稿请点这里. To register attendance as audience, return the registration form here. More information to come.

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Image: Zhou Xiaoping, Blow 2 (2015), ink, acrylic on rice paper on canvas 70 x 100cm, courtesy of the artist.

15 FEBRUARY 2017 

FASIC is pleased to announce the opening of the second round of the BHP Billiton Australia China Scholarships (Scholarships). The Scholarships were established to encourage and assist students and young professionals to pursue specialised study, research and experience in priority areas of interest in the bilateral Australia-China relationship. The application is open till 14 May 2017. Click here for more information about the Scholarships. Click here to download a copy of the application form.

18 JANURAY 2017 

FASIC is very pleased to announce the results of the 2016 Australian Studies in China Program (ASP), jointly funded by the Australia China Council and FASIC. We thank all the applicants for their interest and effort in the Australian studies. Congratulations to the successful grantees. The grants are subject to the signing of a funding acceptance form. Click here to view the list of the grants.

13 DECEMBER 2016

The Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC) is delighted to announce the successful scholars who have been awarded the inaugural BHP Billiton Australia China Scholarships.  The focus areas of these BHP Billiton Australia China Scholars cover such areas as economics, international economics & trade, transactional law and Australian literature.   FASIC sendsits warmest congratulations to the four young scholars from Australia and China for their academic excellence and their strong desire to contribute to the deepening of the Australia China relationship.  Well done to the inaugural group of BHP Billiton Australia China Scholars!

andrew sasse

Andrew SASSE

Area of Interest: Economics

As a BHP Billiton Australia China Scholarship awardee, I have been given a unique opportunity in an incredible frontier that I'm very grateful to have a chance to participate. China is building its reputation as an attractive destination for students from around the world. This scholarship shall provide valuable support and encouragement to many students like me. Prospective students in Australia are looking to expand their horizons via an enriched global postgraduate opportunity, which this program provides. I will deepen my knowledge of Economics and am excited to follow my interests in this field in China. My hopes and expectations are that my study will help me to positively influence Australia's interests with China.

 daniel travers


Area of Interest: International Economics and Trade

As a very fortunate recipient of a BHP Billiton Australia China Scholarship, I have the opportunity to study International Economics and Trade in Chinese as a visiting student at Renmin University in Beijing. The scholarships provide students and young professionals with an interest in the Australia-China relationship with a fantastic opportunity to undertake study, research and gain experience in China in a range of areas. I am very grateful to both BHP Billiton and the Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC) for this opportunity, and would strongly encourage other students and young professionals who have an interest in the Australia-China relationship to apply for a BHP Billiton Australia China Scholarship in the future.

Update: Daniel completed his study at Renmin University in February 2017 and returned to Australia where he is now working as a geologist. He finds his experiences in China gave him a unique insight into the Chinese economy and Chinese culture, and also the relationship between China and the Australian mining industry. Click here to read Daniel's short report on his study experiences in China.

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Paris BALL

Area of Interest: Transnational Law

I will be enrolling in Peking University's School of Transnational Law Master's Program. This program will greatly aid me in receiving a world-class legal education in Chinese and transnational law that I can apply to my research on international investment regulation. Gaining a sophisticated understanding of Chinese law will aid me in researching Chinese approaches to investment regulations and its implications for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. I believe that there needs to be more research on the overlapping obligations that arise from Australia's commitments to the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. As part of my Master's Program, I will be writing a research paper on the implications Australia's obligations under these agreements have for Australia's relationship with China in international investment. This scholarship will provide me with a once in a lifetime opportunity to further my academic and professional career in understanding the Australia-China relationship in international investment.

 yan zhang


Area of Interest: Australian Literature

As an English teacher at a University in China, I took Australian Literature as my field of research during my postgraduate study in Shanghai. My supervisor was Professor Yuanshen Huang, the most eminent Australian studies scholar in China. Since I completed my study and acquired my MA degree, I have always desired to further my study. I applied for a BHP Billiton Australia China Scholarship delivered by FASIC; and meanwhile, applied for a PhD place in Edith Cowan University in Australia. With the support of the scholarship, I will able to begin my PhD research of Australian Literature in ECU with Dr. Ffion Murphy and Professor Glen Philips. I am grateful that I have been chosen as one of the scholarship awardees. I treasure this great opportunity and will make my best effort to further my understanding of Australian Literature and to share my knowledge to younger generations.

Update: Yan is now in her first year of PhD at the Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Western Australia. She is enjoying having almost the whole corpus of Australian literary works readily available and the excitement and challenges that exploring Australian literature brings to her. With her PhD colleagues come from different places of the world including some local scholar from Australia, she is making friends with multicultural background. Yan is a keen participant in diverse activities and academic workshops at ECU. Yan has found ECU staff very friendly and helpful of her work and everyday life. She is adapting well as an international student in Australia.


















































































FASIC is an independent non-profit foundation in Australia established to support Australian Studies Centres located across China  and to provide funding and other support to the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies located at Peking University in Beijing, People's Republic of China.



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Bridge two Countries

Support programs or activities that enhance the mutual understanding and engagement between people of Australia and China.


Enhance Understanding

Enhance the understanding of Australia in China through funding and other support provided to Australian Studies Centres.


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Provide scholarships for educational exchanges between Australia and China as well as funding support to a Chair of Australian Studies.