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CAIK Indigenous PhD Scholarship


$27,082 RTPS equivalent (2018 rate)

Applicants may be eligible to have their scholarship topped up to $50,000 per year

Up to 3 years





The Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges (CAIK) is an Indigenous academic centre of expertise at the University of Technology Sydney. Established in 2015, currently houses three senior Indigenous academics, one administrator and ten Higher Degree Research (HDR) students. For more information about CAIK please go to

CAIK is currently searching for an Indigenous Australian person to undertake a PhD focusing on Indigenous leadership in higher education. Professor’s Michelle Trudgett and Susan Page were recently successful in gaining funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded study titled Walan Mayiny: Indigenous leadership in higher education. A section of this large-scale study has been identified as an opportunity for a PhD project.

Who is eligible?

  • Indigenous Australian people only.
  • Applicants must hold either First Class Honours or Masters degree.

Selection process

The candidate must:

  • Identify as Indigenous Australian
  • Hold a First Class Honours or Masters degree
  • Demonstrate a passion for education and/or leadership research
  • Demonstrate an ability to follow instructions
  • Demonstrate strong communication skills.

Complete the requirements of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences PhD application process

Need more information? Contact...

Please contact Professor Michelle Trudgett