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Research Career Development

Batchelor Institute is committed to the development of career researchers, through support for Institute staff looking to advance their studies and other academic opportunities and through providing a learning pathway for Indigenous candidates wishing to pursue a higher degree by research program offered by the Institute.

The Institute has attracted many researchers who are leaders in their fields, and who bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledges to their research and research collegiality. Many tap into national research programs to broaden their research experience. Under an Office for Learning and Teaching Indigenous Research Fellowship, Dr Sandy O’Sullivan developed a suite of New Media resources for Indigenous research training.

The Higher Education and Research Division provides financial and other support as well as collaborative opportunities with internal and external partners to strengthen the skills and expertise of individual researchers and research candidates. This in turn sustains and grows the Institute’s reputation for excellence in research, particularly in Indigenous Education, Indigenous Creative Arts and Indigenous Languages.

Scholarships & Funding

Batchelor Institute manages internal funds to support the Institute’s researchers. The three internal funds include:


In addition to internal funding, Institute researchers regularly apply for national and international funding to support their research. The Institute’s senior researchers regularly provide advice and support to researchers in the preparation of external grant applications. Similarly, the Institute’s important partnerships, both nationally and internationally, have helped bolster the prospects of research projects attracting scarce research funds. Four key partnerships were established in 2012, under the Indigenous Research Collaborations program, with Monash University, AIATSIS, Charles Darwin University and the Australian National University.