PhD by Research

As part of the UNSW Strategy, UNSW is committed to improving the educational outcomes for Indigenous Australians and creating greater awareness and understanding of Indigenous societies, culture and history. The PhD by Research in Indigenous Studies, offered by Nura Gili Indigenous Programs, is an important part of this.

Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study which engages, contests and builds on an earlier understanding of Indigenous societies developed through the disciplines of anthropology, archaeology and linguistics and viewed through the Western imagination. Indigenous Studies at Nura Gili develops and challenges our understanding of the contemporary position of Indigenous peoples in Australia. It also brings Indigenous issues into the realm of academic inquiry in Australian history, Australian literature, the fine arts, education, psychology, politics and public policy, sociology, law, social work, medicine, health, and the natural and built environment.

Our PhD focuses on research training in the following areas:

  • Indigenous Studies
  • Indigenous Research Methodologies
  • Indigenous Education
  • Indigenous History
  • Indigenous Politics and Policy
  • Cultural Studies
  • Museum Studies

Program Code: Indigenous Studies 1110

Duration: 4 years of full-time study

Location: UNSW Sydney Campus


Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree requires one of the following qualifications:

  • a completed undergraduate degree with Honours 2/1 or equivalent (for example at UNSW, this is graded as distinction level or 75%+)
  • a completed Masters by Research degree or equivalent postgraduate qualification that includes a substantial research component written up as an academic thesis, awarded at or above distinction level or equivalent
  • in exceptional circumstances, sufficient evidence of research experience that clearly demonstrates exceptional research skills and the ability to undertake the proposed research program.

All applicants must meet the English language requirements of the University. Information about English language proficiency requirements can be found here.

How to apply

Applications for PhDs by Research must be submitted online via Apply Online. Supporting documentation including transcripts, testamurs, portfolios, research proposal and proof of contact with your potential supervisor should be submitted at the same time through the online application system.

The following links will assist you in preparing your Postgraduate Research application:

You should determine your eligibility for the PhD program by filling out the UNSW HDR Self-Assessment Tool on the Graduate Research School web page.

For academic inquiries or information about potential supervision, contact Nura Gili:

Email Tel (02) 9385 3805