Indigenous Studies Research Network

Current students

Capacity Building Programs

The Indigenous Research Engagement Unit run a number of capacity building programs tailored for current HDR students in the midst of their candidature including a Research Methodologies Masterclass, seminar series and critical reading groups. These events will be advertised throughout the year.

Faculty contacts

Each faculty maintains one or more dedicated sites for their HDR students, which you should consult for information specific to your faculty.Faculties may also have HDR Blackboard sites with news, resources, and other information specific to your faculty and course. Blackboard sites can be found via faculty HDR sites, but contact your faculty if you can't locate them.

For more information view the faculty assistance page.

Student Support

Students have access to a culturally safe, study space equipped with computers, printers and kitchen facilities. The Indigenous Postgraduate Programs Officer is a dedicated staff member within the IREU that provides support to all research students at QUT. This includes:

  • Advice on enrolment and supervisory matters
  • Working direct with faculties to ensure smooth enrolment and completion
  • Providing pastoral and cultural support to students
  • Scholarship and financial assistance
  • Providing 24hr access to IREU’s student space
  • Hosting student functions including morning teas and lunches
  • Access to the IREU blackboard site with news, event and announcements

The Indigenous Postgraduate Programs Officer is available for appointment, If you wish to make an appointment please email with your availabilities

Financial Support

If you are an Australian, New Zealand citizen or a permanent visa holder, you are not required to pay tuition fees for a research degree in Australia, as long as you completed your degree within;

  • 4 years full-time (or equivalent) for doctoral students (PhD and professional doctorate)
  • 2 years full-time (or equivalent) for research masters students.

During these periods, your tuition fees are covered under the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP).

If you are considering a change of institutes, you may be eligible to transfer your Australian Government Research Training Program. For more about transferring please contact


All QUT HDR students are entitled to financial support from their faculty to assist with their research. This may include but not limited to travel costs, training courses and proof reading assistance.


Students who receive ABSTUDY may be eligible for financial assistance during their candidature including Thesis publishing and relocation allowances. To find out more about Centrelink please follow the linkĀ Centrelink allowances.


QUT’s official scholarship round runs from 1-30 September each year for research scholarships. September scholarship round enquiries can be directed to

QUT Equity Services also have a Scholarships Scheme available to eligible undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and postgraduate research students, more details can be found at QUT Equity Scholarships.

However, there are also a wide variety of scholarships for Research students external to QUT which can be found at Scholarship information.