Graduate Research

The Australian Centre supports graduate research work in Indigenous settler relations

Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Program in Indigenous Settler Relations

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Program in Indigenous Settler Relations is open to graduate researchers in any faculty undertaking graduate research related to the emerging field of Indigenous settler relations in Australia and the world. The program enriches the graduate research experience by creating a strong cohort and intellectual community that assists students in developing their post-degree pathways.

The program connects students with researchers across disciplines, fostering an engaged and supportive intellectual community, and creating a strong cohort experience for the duration of their study. The program deepens academic understandings, and enhances interdisciplinary knowledge exchange on research that leads to more just relations between Indigenous and settler peoples. Students are supported to build networks across the University and with relevant external organisations and to develop their research in reference to current real-world challenges.

Activities throughout the year include exclusive masterclasses, a research symposium, writing retreats, and a reading group, as well as access to the suite of public seminars, lectures and film screenings run by the Australian Centre. Opportunities are available to meet regularly throughout each semester to share research progress and to participate in writing sessions, critical reading groups and workshops focused on ethics, research methodology and approaches for communicating research to diverse audiences across and beyond the academy.

Applications to join the program are called for twice a year, with start year intake applications closing in early February and mid-year entry closing in late June. Students can join the program at any time during their candidature and remain part of the program until the completion of their studies. Timely completion of the thesis remains the priority, with the program intended to enhance the experience of advanced research training and aid graduation pathways.

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Reading Groups

The Australian Centre runs a critical reading group each semester based on an academic text. Our monthly meetings bring together graduate researchers, early career researchers and senior academics across myriad disciplines to discuss the chosen text, generating new ideas and relationships. If you are interested in joining the Australian Centre reading group, please email us a few brief sentences about yourself and your research.

2022 Reading Group

The 2022 Reading Group will cover the following materials:

Octavia's Parables Reading Group

The Australian Centre is starting a new weekly reading group of Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents by Octavia E Butler. It will be held on Tuesdays at 5pm starting 30 August. You do not need to commit to attending every session – participants are welcome to come along when they have capacity. The discussion questions will be based on the Octavia’s Parables podcast series. If you are interested in joining this reading group, please email us at: aust-centre@unimelb.edu.au

Our reading groups will be conducted via Zoom and not face-to-face

Previous Reading Groups hosted by the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration

Graduate Researcher Support

The team would love to hear from current or prospective graduate research students undertaking study related to the emerging field of Indigenous settler relations. The team can assist with:

  • Identifying potential supervisors
  • Support with application processes
  • Engaged research support for existing PhD and Masters by Research students
  • Networking opportunities with Fellows and affiliated researchers

Students at all levels are welcome to subscribe to the Australian Centre mailing list to hear of other opportunities to get involved.