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Student Opportunities

The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre has multiple  higher degree by research opportunities available.

Yolŋu Country      Photo: Pat Josse


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Where can I study?

Our projects are available at:

  • Darwin (Larrakia Country)

  • Galiwin'ku (Yolŋu Country)

  • Alice Springs - Mpartwe (Arrernte Country)

  • Brisbane - Meeanjin (Turrbal & Yuggera Country)

  • Nowra (Yuin Country)

Available sites for higher degree research students

What can I study?

We are currently seeking passionate Master and PhD Doctoral students who are willing to undertake intellectual adventures and work on complex intercultural health topics. Our students become skilled in using decolonising methodologies; and gain firsthand experience working in genuine relationships with community. We offer students a super supportive learning environment with expert mentorship and the chance to make a more equitable World!

We have in-house expertise to mentor students in Indigenous methodology and knowledge, midwifery, nursing, intercultural communication, participatory action research, community development and investment, digital media, public health, health economics, health literacy and education, biostatistics, sociology, anthropology, epidemiology, neonatology, implementation science, medicine, health service redesign and translational research.

We have multiple student opportunities in many of our projects:

To Be Born Upon a Pandanus Mat Yothuw gayatha dhäwal’ guyaŋa’ nharaw

Redesigning maternity services for Yolŋu mothers and babies living on Elcho Island Northern Territory (NT), using Birthing on Country principles and the RISE translational Framework, to reduce preterm birth and improve health outcomes: A prospective, non-randomised, intervention trial.

We are currently offering a generous PhD scholarship to a passionate student.

Scholarship Package

Commencing in 2023, the successful applicant will be paid an annual stipend of $40,000 - over $10,000 more than a standard Research Training Program (RTP) stipend! 3 - 3.5 years + tuition waiver for candidature period.



Prospective applicants should be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, meet the entry requirements for PhD as defined by CDU admission guidelines & graduated with high distinction or top 5-10% or achieved a GPA of more than 85%.

To lodge an expression of interest please contact by email or mobile 0477 786 243


Check here to find out more information about other scholarships available at CDU



Our translational research will establish Australia’s exemplar rural, remote and very remote Birthing on Country Services, to make a significant impact on Closing the Gap Target 2: First Nations children are born healthy and strong.


Building On Our Strengths BOOSt

Developing and Evaluating a Birthing On Country Service with integrated Community Hub and Birth Centre.

Yolŋu Country

Photo: Pat Josse

Pandanus Sun Mat

Pandanus Sun Mat- natural fibres & vegetable dye.

Artist: Mavis Warŋgilŋa Ganambarr, Elcho Island Arts. Photo: Pat Josse

For more information

Read here for more information about research projects available

Are you eligibile?

Domestic students

International students

Scholarships available for Domestic and International students 

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