Espresso Yourself Virtual Coffee Shop for HDR students

Virtual Coffee Shop for HDR Students

Northern Institute's Virtual Coffee Shop is dedicated to our HDR students (and supervisors) to keep connecting, prevent burnout and promote camaraderie.

Whether you are city-based, regional, remote or studying outside of Australia the Virtual Coffee Shop provides a platform to interact with like-minded PhD students to gain support, valuable advice or just a sympathetic ear.

Grab a coffee and talk all things HDR with the ones who truly understand – your peers.

NEXT VIRTUAL COFFEE SHOP - WEDNESDAY 28 OCTOBER 3PM (ACST) hosted by Professor Helen Verran.

We have discussed connections between data and concepts in several meetings now. In our October meeting, we pass-on to discuss making something more, in putting concepts and data into ‘conversation’ in a thesis. We are concerned with ‘analysis’ and ‘interpretation’. 

How do practices that ‘do’ analysis and/or interpretation differ?

How do they work together?

If we think we’ve more or less assembled our data, and at least narrowed down the list of concepts that we might use, what do we do next? How do we start the next step? 

To join or for more information contact or 08 8946 7468

-Our Virtual Coffee Shop is open to all CDU HDR students-Please spread the word-

Masters Opportunity: Zero Waste Construction

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is funding a Master’s by Research position to work on a project researching ways towards designing and constructing a zero waste building. This project will explore methodologies and processes to design and construct with the aim of reducing waste to landfill. In 2016-17, construction waste stream contributed the largest percentage, 29.6% of the total waste generated. This is an opportunity to work on identifying ways of managing this waste and achieving circular economy in the design and construction sector.

We seek expressions of interest from Australian Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. It is preferable that the successful candidate resides in Alice Springs while completing the project. They will be selected on the basis of their strength of academic performance and compatibility of research expertise and industry skill.

The scholarship offers a living allowance of $28,092 (2020 rate) per annum and a tuition fee waiver for up to two years. Applicants should hold minimum qualifications equivalent to Second Class Honours A.

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Expression of Interest (EOI)
Interested candidates are asked to submit the following details:

  • A statement addressing your research interests and suitability for the project and scholarship
  • A brief CV
  • Copy of their undergraduate transcript

Email your EOI to Dr Deepika Mathur at by 5:00 pm (ACST) Tuesday 7 July 2020

Applicants will need to attend an interview and must meet the CDU Master’s by Research entry requirements. Preferred applicants will be invited to submit a full application on-line.

View brochure for more details (PDF1.7KB)

Dr Deepika Mathur

FILLED - Master/PhD Opportunity: Mining and Indigenous Livelihoods

We are seeking an enthusiastic current or future student who is passionate about exploring the relationships between mining (excluding hydraulic fracking) and Indigenous livelihoods. Your opportunity is to undertake or complete your Master or PhD by research with Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory of Australia.


Applications for research on any aspect of mining as it relates to Indigenous peoples are welcome. Subject areas may include, but are not limited to:

  • Indigenous rights, community relations or consultation processes
  • Fly-in-fly-out practices, other employment or workforce practices
  • Who benefits from mining, who doesn’t?
  • Legal aspects, informed consent, environmental aspects or economic aspects
  • The political economy of mining

Candidates are also encouraged to present other areas of research to the panel that relate the activity of mining to Indigenous livelihoods for consideration.

The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend (circa $28,000AUD per annum). Additional benefits include paid sick leave, maternity leave and a relocation allowance of up to $2,000.

View brochure for more details (PDF1.7KB) 

Associate Professor Andrew Taylor


PhD and Master by Research courses

Charles Darwin University (CDU) offers students the opportunity to undertake one-year or three-year full time study in key areas. With opportunities to undertake dual or joint degrees through partnership arrangements to ensure students have access to the supervision panel that will challenge and support them.

Northern Institute Higher Degree Research (HDR) students undertake research in research topics of importance to their own work and plans. HDR students work with supervisory teams, led by key researchers to develop their thinking and undertake research that not only builds their research skills but also explores issues critical to their context.

HDR students also receive additional support through the range of programs for students available across CDU.


CDU offers a number of prestigious domestic and international scholarships to students every year. These scholarships can assist with fees, living and study expenses. There also a number of external scholarships students can apply for. Further information is available at:


Prospective CDU Students

Current CDU Students