The University of Melbourne acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which it operates. The University has campuses and facilities on the lands of the Kulin peoples, which includes the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung Wathaurong, Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung peoples, as well as the Yorta Yorta nation. We pay our respects to their Elders, both past and present.
The University has a strong commitment to supporting Indigenous development in Australia and to helping address the disadvantages faced by Indigenous Australians in health, employment and education, and this is reinforced and supported through its Reconciliation Action Plan.
The University is actively seeking to increase the engagement with and impact of its research in Indigenous studies, enhanced by close working relationships with Indigenous communities, and to nurture, recruit and retain Indigenous researchers to build a stronger Indigenous research cohort both within and beyond the University. Expanding our understanding of the challenges and opportunities confronting Indigenous peoples in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, as well as embracing Indigenous knowledges, and exploring these issues in the broadest sense via multidisciplinary collaboration, we look to improve knowledge and understanding for the benefit of Indigenous communities and Australian society as a whole.
The University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Research Initiative site is designed to provide information on Indigenous research conducted at the University of Melbourne to prospective and current indigenous researchers, and to connect to a strong Indigenous research community. The University of Melbourne thus extends a warm welcome to all Indigenous peoples, researchers and others interested in Indigenous studies.
Professor Shaun Ewen, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous)
Professor Julie McLeod, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Capability)
Find out what kinds of opportunities the University offers for Indigenous graduate research students and established academics.
Learn more about the support options available at the University, including networks and services on campus.
Scholarships and Grants
Grant and Project support for future academics, scholarships and awards for future students and various networks, associations and centres to guide and support you through your academic career.
Seed Funding Scheme
This scheme supports interdisciplinary research projects in the field of Indigenous research, with the primary purpose of building capacity and supporting new and emerging areas of Indigenous research.
Do you have an idea for a research project?
The University has several entry pathways and research programs or projects for Indigenous researchers interested in conducting research, and non-Indigenous students interested in conducting Indigenous research.
Academic Shepherds program
Academic Shepherds are senior researchers who volunteer to advise prospective Indigenous PhD students on the application process at the University of Melbourne.
Shepherds provide support on developing your research proposal and advice on how to identify relevant prior research experience.
If you are considering a PhD at the University of Melbourne, the application process is outlined here. Select 'Yes' in the online application form if you would like the assistance of an Academic Shepherd to guide your application. The Academic Convenor will then contact you to discuss next steps.
If you are new to Melbourne or are just starting to think about a PhD, the Indigenous Research Initiative can help you find a supervisor and provide advice on how to develop a research proposal.
Email the Academic Convenor, Dr Nikki Moodie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to discuss any aspect of the application process.
If you already have an idea for a research project related to an Indigenous issue, the University's Find an Expert function is a good place to start searching for a suitable supervisor for your project. You can also find out more about Indigenous research activities across the University through the Graduate research areas below.
Graduate Research areas
Discover more about the Indigenous research activities undertaken by our Faculties, Graduate Schools and Centres.
PhD Familiarisation program
Since 2015, the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health PhD Familiarisation Program has provided an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to prepare for a PhD, introducing you to potential supervisors and guiding you through the admissions process. This fully-funded Program includes workshops on research skills development and the opportunity to connect with some of Australia's most prominent Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers.
The 2017 Program is specifically tailored to Indigenous doctors, students and other allied health professionals who are considering a PhD.
Please contact Warwick Padgham at the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health for more information.
For general enquiries about the Indigenous Research Initiative please contact our Academic Convenor, Nikki Moodie, at email@example.com.