Indigenous Settler Relations

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The Indigenous Settler Relations Graduate Research Program is a supplementary learning opportunity to enrich your graduate research experience. The program offers an opportunity to share your research with other disciplines and expand your peer network.

You can find existing Graduate Research courses using our Find a Course search.


The Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Program in Indigenous Settler Relations is delivered by the Indigenous Settler Relation Collaboration at the University of Melbourne.

The program is open to graduate researchers in any faculty. You must be undertaking graduate research related to the emerging field of Indigenous-settler relations in Australia and the world.

The program will:

  • connect you with researchers across disciplines
  • foster an engaged and supportive intellectual community
  • create a strong cohort experience for the duration of your study
  • deepen academic understandings, and enhance interdisciplinary knowledge exchange on research that leads to more just relations between Indigenous and settler peoples
  • support you to build networks across the University and with relevant external organisations
  • help you develop your research in reference to current real-world challenges.


Program activities throughout the year include:

  • exclusive masterclasses
  • a research symposium
  • research incubators
  • a reading group
  • access to the suite of seminars, public lectures and film screenings run by the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration.

Opportunities will be available to meet regularly throughout each semester. You can share research progress and participate in:

  • writing sessions
  • critical reading groups
  • workshops focused on ethics, research methods and approaches for communicating research to diverse audiences across and beyond the academy.


Eligible students must have commenced a PhD or Masters by Research related to Indigenous-settler relations.

Priority will be given to students who have at least one supervisor based at the University of Melbourne. Students from other institutions will need a statement of support from their supervisors for their applications to be considered.

If you’re a current University of Melbourne graduate researcher

Talk with your supervisor about participating in the Indigenous Settler Relations Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Program.

Contact us to join the program.

If you want to apply for a PhD at the University of Melbourne

  • Visit Study to learn how to apply.
  • Once you’re accepted as a PhD candidate, contact us to learn more about the program.

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