Australia-Thailand Intstitute

Australia-Thailand Institute

Thai BRIDGE Extension Program Grant for 2015

The Australia-Thailand Institute is offering Australian schools already participating in the Thai BRIDGE program the opportunity to extend and build upon pre-existing BRIDGE partnerships. Grants will be offered for innovative ideas to extend school partnerships into areas of science, sports, art, music or other cross-cultural collaboration.

DFAT recognizes the importance of sustained intercultural links and cross-cultural exchange of ideas and experiences.

Students, teachers and communities will benefit from these ongoing partnerships.

This grant round offers AUD 5,000 seed funding per grant for innovative BRIDGE Extension partnerships.

Thai BRIDGE Extension Grant Guidelines:

  • Spend at least five days visiting your partner school.
  • Aim to undertake a homestay with partners (optional).
  • Adhere to DFAT travel advisory requirements.
  • Inform the Australian Embassy in Bangkok when the visit is occurring (for promotional opportunities).
  • Incorporate use of social media to communicate to DFAT about the program.

Please also refer to ATI General Grant Program Guidelines for additional information on ATI Grants at

Note: funds may be used to cover travel and accommodation (Para. 6.2 of the General Grant Guidelines does not apply). Applicants will need to fundraise or seek sponsorship support to cover additional costs above the grant allocation.

The application form can be accessed at:

Opening date for applications: Monday 2 February 2015
Closing date for applications: Friday 27 February 2015
Successful applicants will be notified by 31 March 2015.

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The Australia-Thailand Institute Board met with 24 Thai and Australian BRIDGE teachers in Canberra on Friday 22 August. This year, teachers have been selected from eight secondary schools, three primary schools  and one special education school in Australia and Thailand. They are currently undertaking a professional development program in Australia which supports classroom learning, develops intercultural understanding between partner schools, enhances contemporary knowledge and understanding of each country, and explores how social media can support classroom collaboration.

Since its establishment in 2013, 16 teachers from eight school partnerships have been involved. In 2014 BRIDGE expanded to include twelve new school partnerships. The program is implemented by The Asia Education Foundation with support from the Thai Ministry of Education and Australian Education International in Bangkok.

group shot of BRIDGE Teachers visit group
BRIDGE teachers meeting the ATI Board in Canberra, 22 August 2014. Photo courtesy of Drew Boekel and Julia Landford.

2014 Australia-Thailand Institute Media Fellows

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About the Institute

The Australia-Thailand Institute (ATI) was established in 2005 to advise the Australian Government, through the Minister for Foreign Affairs, on broadening and deepening the relationship between Australia and Thailand and to undertake and support programs that strengthen next generation links between Australia and Thailand. Every year the Institute carries out a number of regular programs, as well as administering an annual grants round.

The ATI invites grant applications each year between 1 March and 1 May for projects commencing the following financial year. A link to our online application form will be made available from this website during these dates only.

Contact us

  • Mail:
    Australia-Thailand Institute Secretariat
    South-East Asia Division
    Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    R G Casey Building
    John McEwen Crescent
    BARTON ACT 0221
  • Phone: +61 2 6261 3202
  • Fax: +61 2 6261 1304
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