How to get started

  • Where do I start?

    Chat with our academic adviser, Dr Richard Chenhall ( He is able to assist with a general discussion and steer you in the right direction.

    If you would like to find out about our Indigenous programs and support centres, you can contact Kristi Roberts ( or Josh Cubillo ( from our Indigenous Development team.

    Our administrative advisers ( are also keen to assist with Faculty administrative queries.

    For general, yet thorough information on how to get started visit the Graduate research hub.

    When enrolled, you can also access:

  • How can I afford it?

    Undergoing a PhD or similar is a significant time commitment. We have several options to assist with financial support.

    For nearly a decade, the Faculty has provided support to Indigenous Research Higher Degree students in the form of the Capacity Building Bursary. In 2012 MDHS further refined this support, creating an Indigenous Graduate Scholarship for coursework students who are in financial need.

    Through its strong collaborative working relationship with Murrup Barak, Faculty students are eligible for opportunities such as Access Melbourne and the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme.

    Indigenous scholarships

  • Steps towards Enabing Excellence and Leadership

    Over the past 10 years, Indigenous research higher degree students have come from all over Australia to take part in the highly-regarded Summer School program, the Professional Certificate in Indigenous Research. This is an intensive course, convened by Professor Ian Anderson and Professor Marcia Langton AM. Working together as a cohort, students develop their research skills essential for thesis completion in a culturally respectful learning environment. The University also offers a Winter School, the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Research and Leadership, which is open to students who have successfully completed the Summer School program. This program prepares doctoral graduates for roles in academic and professional leadership, with a research focus.

    Graduate programs in Indigenous research

  • What is the Indigenous Graduate Student Association (IGSA)?

    The Indigenous Graduate Student Association (IGSA) is an association formed under the Graduate Students Association of the University of Melbourne. Formed by a small group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their colleagues in March 2009, the IGSA holds regular forums for graduate students with an interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research. A significant proportion of the IGSA is made up of PhD students from the Faculty of MDHS.

    The aims of the IGSA are to:

    • run regular seminars for graduate presentations on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research;
    • encourage social and cultural interactions of all graduate students with an interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research;
    • enhance the academic and professional life of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduate students; and
    • hold an annual symposium for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student research

    Indigenous graduate students association

  • Bachelor of Science (Extended)

    The Melbourne Model, with an increasing focus on graduate schools and graduate entry, provides some particular challenges for Indigenous student recruitment. However, with the Faculty of Science and Murrup Barak taking the lead, the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is supporting the implementation of a Bachelor of Science (Extended) course for commencement in 2015. This pathway for Indigenous students to enter Science – including the Health Sciences – provides flexibility, innovation and a realistic approach to the challenges of recruitment and retention of Indigenous students who may not have had the same opportunities or support as other students in their latter school years.

  • Ngurra-Jarraddjak (Healthy) Indigenous Graduate Study Options Program

    The University of Melbourne and Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences have developed an undergraduate ‘gateway’ program to prepare Indigenous students for graduate health sciences degrees.

    The Ngurra-Jarraddjak (Healthy) Indigenous Graduate Study Options Program will occur during the first week of the semester break Tuesday 30 June – Friday 3 July. The national week-long residential program will give undergraduate students exposure to different health research institutions, meet Indigenous health professionals, discover pathways into different health careers and the opportunity to meet faculty staff and alumni. The program envisages the knowledge given to the students during the week will increase future health graduate enrolments.

    More information and how to apply