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Acknowledgement of country

Batchelor Institute would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sovereign people of the lands on which our campuses are located. As we share our knowledge, teaching and learning and engage in research practices within this Institution and/or conduct business with a variety of external agencies and organisations, we must always pay respect to the sovereign status of our hosts. May their Ancestors always be remembered and honoured, their Elders listened to and respected, all members treated with dignity and fairness — in the present and well into the future.

We also acknowledge and pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever with our hosts, custodianship of country and the binding relationship they have with the land. Batchelor Institute extends this acknowledgment and expression of respect to all sovereign custodians — past, present and emerging. By expressing Acknowledgement of Country we encourage all to extend and practice respect to all First Nations people wherever their lands are located.

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This includes:
Users are warned that there may be words and descriptions which may be culturally sensitive and which might not normally be used in certain public or community contexts. Terms and annotations, which reflect the author’s attitude or that of the period in which the item was written, may be considered inappropriate today in some circumstances.
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Users of the website should be aware that, in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, seeing images of deceased persons in photographs, film and books or hearing them in recordings may cause sadness or distress and in some cases, offend against strongly held cultural prohibitions.
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Materials included in this website may be subject to access conditions imposed by Indigenous communities and/or depositors. Users are advised that access to some materials may be subject to these terms and conditions which the Institute is required to maintain
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How to Apply

Apply your theory-driven research to the real world

Applications for admission to Batchelor Institute Research Training Programs can be submitted at any time of year.

How to apply

Applications for admission to Batchelor Institute Research Training Programs can be submitted at any time of year.

Application for Admission process

1Admission requires the identification of a primary supervisor at the Institute and evidence of the supervisor(s) support of the application and commitment to the supervision role. Please review our current Supervisor Register, identify and make contact with an individual whose expertise aligns with your research interests. If they have the capacity to supervisor your project they will provide support for drafting a research proposal for submission as part of your application for admission.
2All candidates must apply for Admission through the Institute’s Applicant Portal. This application will take approximately forty (40) minutes. You will need to create an account, complete the relevant sections, as well as upload any relevant documentation/information to support your application.

This includes:

Unique Student identifier

If you do not have a USI, please visit to create one.

A completed Supervisor Endorsement

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A Expression of Interest in Undertaking a Research Inquiry

All applications must be accompanied by an EOI (2000 words) that should address the following questions:

  • What is the focus of the research inquiry?
  • Why does doing this research matter, and to whom?
  • How could the research contribute to your community, family, or other cultural context?
  • What inspires you to want to do this research now?
  • What do you think will challenge you most in undertaking this research inquiry?

It is expected that you will discuss your EOI with the Graduate School and/or your proposed Primary Supervisor (before submitting it) and make amendments where necessary, taking into account feedback received.

Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:
(a) The focus of inquiry has academic merit
(b) The applicant has demonstrated capacity and capability to undertake the research award
(c) The focus of inquiry aligns with the Institute’s Research Plan
(d) The Institute has the resources (including supervision capacity) to support the applicant effectively throughout their candidature

Copies of Academic transcripts

Batchelor Institute accepts electronic copies of Academic Transcripts.

Referee Reports

Two referee reports are required.  One report from a community or organisation who may be impacted by the work; and another from an individual who is familiar with your academic skills.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) should outline your work and life experience in Research (if using practice-based or practice-led approach to your research)

3The Institutes Research Committee will review your application in a reasonable timeframe.

If your Application for Admission is successful, you will be sent an offer by email. On acceptance of the offer, you will have one (1) year to enrol in a relevant forthcoming Semester. If you do not enrol, your offer will become void.

If your Application for Admission is unsuccessful, you will be sent an outcome by email. The Graduate School will contact you within five (5) working days to arrange a discussion with the Graduate School Director or delegate, regarding the reason(s) for this decision.

For more information please contact the Graduate School:
Freecall: 1800 677 095

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Who do I speak to find out more about the program?

Derek Hunt is the Graduate School Candidate Relationship and Liaison Officer. See contact details below.

Graduate School

Freecall: 1800 677 095
Phone: (08) 8939 7111

What kind of fees do I need to pay?

None. There are no fees for eligible Candidates in the Master or Doctor of Philosophy programs

Are there scholarships available to support me while I study?

Yes. Information for these can be found on the Scholarships and Support page.

Do I need to study on campus?

No. the program is by research and you are able to study form wherever you live in Australia.