Research development

Find out what kinds of opportunities the University offers for Indigenous graduate research students and established academics.

PhD students

The University offers several courses to help you develop research and academic skills and prepare you to be a leader in your field.

Have you recently enrolled in a Masters by research or PhD, and want to develop your research skills within an all-Indigenous cohort?

The Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research (Summer School) will help develop high-level research and other academic skills in support of thesis completion.

Are you in the final stages of your PhD or have you recently submitted? And are you planning your next career moves in academic or professional roles?

The Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Research and Leadership (Winter School) provides broader skills and attributes in relation to Indigenous research, among future leaders in academia as well as in other professional spheres.

Both courses are specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research students and non-Indigenous students who are interested in Indigenous Research. Students come from all around Australia. Both courses are free for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students (course fees and other costs covered [e.g. travel, accommodation]) and are open to non-Indigenous students whose research is on Indigenous topics. The courses will give you the chance to interact and work in a small cohort of 20 participants (maximum), in a culturally respectful environment, interacting with Indigenous and other academic experts. Both courses consist of 5 contact days, with a weekend included in the 7-day program.

For further information, please contact Dr Emmaline Bexley (+61 3 8344 8436), or visit the links.


Are you looking for casual employment that can enhance your research skills and help you pay the bills? The Faculty of Arts offers an Indigenous Cadetship Program that provides participants with an opportunity to support and develop their academic skills in a collaborative environment with the guidance of an academic mentor. For further information please visit the link.

Indigenous spiral

Early Career Researchers

Are you in the final stages of your PhD or have you recently submitted? Are you planning your next career move?

Planning the Foundations is a 2-day intensive workshop for Start of Career Researchers specifically aimed to support late candidature graduate researchers and those within two years of the conferral of their research degree.

Established in your research career

Find out what the University of Melbourne has to offer...

The University has a strong commitment and policy for Indigenous researchers and a vast number of capabilities in Indigenous research. The establishment of an Indigenous Research Strategy and the revised Reconciliation Action Plan demonstrates our commitment to the Indigenous people and research in Indigenous topics.

Please visit our RAP website and the Graduate Research Areas page to view our Indigenous research initiatives, research capabilities of our people and our Centres, Faculties and Departments.