Graduate research

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?

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, visit 'Study' to find a course and learn about the application process.

    Once you are ready to apply, 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, at indigenous-research@unimelb.edu.au 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, visit Find an Expert 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
    • To browse our courses and research areas visit Study.
    • To search for a supervisor and their research interests visit Find an Expert.
  • PhD Familiarisation program

    We host annual PhD Familiarisation Programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people considering a PhD.

    These fully-funded, two to three day programs, introduce you to potential supervisors and guide you through the admissions process. They include workshops on research skills development and the opportunity to connect with some of Australia's most prominent Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers.

    To express interest in future workshops, contact the staff below

    The HASS Indigenous PhD Familiarisation Program

    The Program aims to familiarise future Indigenous researchers with the University of Melbourne and the graduate research processes in ways that:

    1. Inspire future researchers to further explore their research project ideas.
    2. Inform future Indigenous PhD researchers of the opportunities and tailored support available for them at the University.
    3. Connect future Indigenous PhD researchers with academic mentors, other Indigenous students and support services across the University.

    Allied Health Indigenous PhD Familiarisation Program