Melbourne Poche Indigenous PhD Familiarisation Program

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.

The 2023 program was held in May. Expressions of interest for the 2024 program are open, we welcome applicants from other institutions and universities.

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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
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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

Indigenous led workshops

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.

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