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Postgraduate Degrees

One of our priorities within Aboriginal Business at the University of Tasmania, as outlined in our Strategic Plan of Aboriginal Engagement (PDF 5.3 MB) is to inspire and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to undertake and complete research degrees, and thereafter join the next generation of scholars across each of the academic disciplines. The Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Aboriginal Leadership, in collaboration with the Colleges and the Riawunna Centre, oversees and supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HDR applicants and students. This page provides an overview of the research and support programs (academic and financial) for future HDR students at the University of Tasmania.

Along with supporting our Higher degree by research candidates, the Office of the PVC - Aboriginal Leadership is committed to supporting Indigenous students undertaking higher degrees by coursework. We offer generous supplementary funding (DOCX 107.5 KB) to eligible students to aid in the completion of their higher degree studies.

Japanangka Errol West Scholarship (Closing March 7th 2022)

This high value scholarship honours the life and work of the late Japanangka Errol West, an internationally recognised poet and scholar. Japanangka Errol was a leading Tasmanian Aboriginal academic, known for his scholarship in the field of Indigenous methodologies and pedagogies.

Eligibility and the Application Process

Our Aboriginal Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Program

At the University of Tasmania we encourage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to undertake and complete HDR programs, both in topics directly pertaining to Indigenous people as well as in other research fields aligning with the strengths and interests of the applicant. We have a number of experienced and dedicated Aboriginal scholars for supervision, with a locus of expertise located within the Humanities, Education, Social Work and Social Sciences. In the coming years we anticipate having Aboriginal supervisors available in disciplines outside of traditional areas. Some of our HDR students have investigated the following subject areas:

  • The Education of Tasmanian Aboriginal Children
  • Aboriginal Philosophy and Community
  • The missing years: The Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples 1803-1950
  • Why do Australians reject treaty ?
  • Visual History of Tasmanian Aborigines in Colonial Art
  • Tasmanian Aboriginal women's connection to the marine environment
  • (Re)voicing Dalrymple Briggs
  • The impact of the Murina Program since 2017
  • Othering within the education of the norm

Entrance into HDR customarily involves having first completed an Honors degree (at least second class upper standard with a Minimum Research Component), a Masters of Research Degree with a Minimum Research Component, or a Masters Degree (Coursework) or Graduate Diploma with a Minimum Research Component. However, professional experience may also satisfy the admission requirements for undertaking a Research Degree at UTAS, such as having worked as a research assistant. For more information please see the information provided at the following what is a research degree or contact the Office (see below).

Senior Indigenous Research Scholarships

The objective of this biannual Scholarship is to strengthen Aboriginal engagement at the University of Tasmania by supporting higher degree research projects of importance. Topics can include, but are not restricted to biographies and histories of Aboriginal people, organisations or communities, language, health, law, social or economic development, land, sea and cultural resource management. The Senior Indigenous Research Scholarships are prestigious awards, offered to four high quality candidates who have the capacity to make a significant contribution to Tasmanian Aboriginal knowledge. the next round of scholarships will be offered in 2022.

Find out more about Eligibility and the Application Process

Supplementary funding (Research and Coursework)

Other Scholarships

There is a range of other scholarships you may like to consider on our Scholarships page.

The Aurora Education Foundation also contains a number of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Scholarships.

HDR Workshop Series

We have multiple HDR workshops for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to undertake in addition to their regular HDR studies. While these workshops are optional, they are taught by some of the countries leading Indigenous academics and highly encouraged. These workshops have included:

  • Research Presentation and Networking
  • Indigenous Methods and Methodologies
  • Writers Workshop
  • Publishing during your HDR

The next HDR workshop will be run in the First half of 2021

For more Information

Please visit the University of Tasmanian Higher Degree by Research (HDR) page for more information. Alternatively, contact the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Aboriginal  Leadership for further information regarding Higher Degrees by Research (HDR):

Huw Peacock
Telephone: 0482028283