PhD and Research Masters

The following research degrees are offered:

Umulliko Indigenous Higher Education Research Centre is the primary focus of research and research training at The Wollotuka Institute and will provide students with the cultural, personal and research support required enabling them to complete their research degrees.

Umulliko can also provide a high standard of thesis supervision. If you have any queries about supervision arrangements you should contact Professor John Maynard.

Umulliko also provides a range of material resources such as financial support, study rooms, professional development workshops, conference attendance support, and statistical support. Specific information about these resources is regularly updated on this website. Please Professor John Maynard for more information.

Financial Support

All research candidates have access to $1500 per year (full-time equivalent study). The total amount available over the life of the candidature is as follows:

  • $5250 - PhD (3.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent)
  • $3000 - MPhil (2 years full-time or part-time equivalent)

Unspent monies each year are 'rolled-over' during the period of candidature.

Research candidates must apply for access to financial support, which may be used for:

  • Free laptops: Research degree candidates are provided with a free laptop in addition to their $1500 per annum (pro rata)
  • Computer software
  • Conference registration and associated costs in presenting a conference paper
  • Conducting fieldwork
  • Reimbursement for essential research books
  • Miscellaneous research costs
  • Thesis printing and binding

Umulliko Research Room

Room SAS2.15 in the Birabahn Building is available to Indigenous HDR students during working hours.  The room includes desks, lockable cabinets, printer/copier/scanner, telephones and fridge and microwave.  Please contact Cheryl Newton if you need electronic access to this room.

Research Seminars and Professional Development Workshops

Umulliko runs a series of  research seminars and public lectures that research candidates are warmly encouraged to attend.  Also, each year Umulliko runs professional development workshops specifically designed to assist research candidates to develop their research and thesis writing skills.

Students will be updated via emails and newsletters regarding these seminars and workshops.

Grants and funding for organisations

The Discovery Indigenous scheme provides funding to eligible organisations to support research programs led by an Indigenous Australian researcher and build research capacity of higher degree research and early career researchers.

Find out more and apply

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