2017 Seed Funding Scheme
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2016 Seed Funding Scheme
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Indigenous PhD Familiarisation Program
Supporting and guiding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders interested in pursing a PhD at the University of Melbourne
If you are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and considering undertaking a PhD, the University of Melbourne hosts an annual Indigenous PhD Familiarisation Program which can offer the motivation you need to take that next step.
This fully-funded Program includes workshops and opportunities to help you prepare for commencing a PhD, introduces you to potential supervisors, guides you through the admissions process and provides an opportunity for you to develop networks with the next generation of Indigenous leadership.
Information on the inaugural 2015 Program is provided in the Report below, which includes a summary of the event, program highlights and outcomes and participant feedback. The 2015 Program’s schedule is also provided below, detailing each workshop’s summary and learning objectives.
The 2016 Program was held on 8 - 10 August 2016. A full report of the 2016 Program is available below.
If you’re interested in a PhD at Australia’s top University or would like advice on research higher degrees, we want to hear from you.
For further information, please contact Warwick Padgham at the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.
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.
Prof Julie Willis Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Capability)
Prof Ian Anderson Pro-Vice Chancellor (Engagement)
Are you ready for a research career?
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.
Do you have an idea for a research project?
If you have an idea for a research project related to an Indigenous issue and would like to seek some guidance, the University's Find an Expert function is a good place to search for a suitable supervisor for your project.
Are you considering research on Indigenous Health issues?
Below are some helpful guides for research frameworks:
- NHMRC Road Map II: a Strategic Framework for Improving the Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People through Research
- The NHMRC Road Map: A Strategic Framework for Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health through Research and Final Report of Community Consultations on the NHMRC Road Map
- Alison Laycock with Diane Walker, Nea Harrison & Jenny Brands 2011, Researching Indigenous Health: A Practical Guide for Researchers, The Lowitja Institute, Melbourne.
For general enquiries about the Indigenous Research Initiative please contact our Academic Convenor, Nikki Moodie, at firstname.lastname@example.org.