Melbourne Poche Indigenous PhD Familiarisation Program

Explore how you can be a research leader in your field of practice

The Melbourne Poche Indigenous PhD Familiarisation Program opens the door to graduate research.

Tailored for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners, students and early career researchers, this fully funded program provides a culturally safe, supportive environment led by Indigenous academics.

We welcome applicants from other institutions and universities.

What's involved

  • Connect with some of Australia’s prominent Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers
  • Participate in specialised learning, including PhD applications, grant writing and research skills
  • Build networks across the sector
  • Develop research proposal ideas with specialists and other Indigenous PhD students
  • Learn about the support and advancement of Indigenous scholarship at The University of Melbourne

Applications are closed for the 2023 program.

You may register you interest in future programs here.

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"The generosity and warmth from the facilitators was something I didn't expect. So generous in their knowledge and experience, both personal and professional." - previous participant

How it's run

The program uses engaging and interactive workshops to stimulate thinking and discussion around each of the participants’ research interests.

Led by Indigenous academics, the workshops present a broad range of information for participants, while still being able to focus specifically on individual topics.

It's run over three days at the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, which is located at The University of Melbourne Carlton campus. Travel and accommodation costs are included in this fully funded program.

Quote: Meeting other delegates gave me a sense of purpose, belonging, community and hope

More information

If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Warwick Padgham, Manager Indigenous Student Programs.

Warwick is available by phone 03 8344 0828 or email