About

The Indigenous Settler Relation Collaboration’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Program is open to graduate researchers in any faculty undertaking a graduate research related to the emerging field of Indigenous-settler relations in Australia and the world.


The program will connect 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 will deepen academic understandings, and enhance 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, research incubators, and a reading group, as well as 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 to share research progress and to participate in writing sessions, critical reading groups and workshops focused on ethics, research methods and approaches for communicating research to diverse audiences across and beyond the academy.

The program enriches the graduate research experience by creating a strong cohort and intellectual community that assists students in developing their post-degree pathways.

Eligible students must have commenced a PhD or Masters by Research. 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.