The following targeted topics for scholarships are available through the Northern Institute now.  

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Contact details for each topic are available below, or you contact us HERE.

  • Darwin Harbour: accounting for historical change to improve future planning 
    This project will use an interdisciplinary approach to synthesise existing knowledge on the harbour to identify temporal trends in characteristics, use and management. This project will also work with local stakeholders to develop visions of how the harbour should be used and managed in the future. There is potential for this work to influence local and territory-level decision making relating to the harbour.
    Contact: Dr Tom Brewer, 
  • Enhancing liveability in central desert Australia through vegetation: The project will model the role of vegetation (native and bush plants) in mitigating the effects of heat stress in central Australia. 
    The proposed project will examine the use of native and bush plants as an adaptation strategy to extreme heat in central Australia. Harvesting of native plants for bush food, medicine and cultural practices has strong relevance in a central Australian Aboriginal context.  
    Contact:  Dr Supriya Mathew,
  • Enhancing marketplace (consumption and financial) literacy in Northern Australia: Developing a conceptual framework and policy directions. 
    This project will develop a conceptual framework and examine the needs of those who’ve made the decision to engage with the mainstream economy in places such as Darwin and other N.T. growing population centres so as to be able to benefit as participants. 
    Contact: Associate Professor Pascal Tremblay,
  • Household and housing change in Australia 
    This PhD project will examine household change in Australia over the last few decades and the way in which households occupy housing. It will examine both the proximate demographic drivers of change as well as the underlying socio-economic determinants.  
    Contact: Dr Tom Wilson,
  • Innovation policies for Northern Australia: Are conventional strategies and models appropriate? 
    This project would review the literature applicable mainly to peripheral regions, examine the strategic knowledge flows that determine the competitiveness of key economic sectors in Northern Australia; so as to appraise past innovation frameworks and propose a new model for the North.  
    Contact: Associate Professor Pascal Tremblay, 
  • Leading on from the workforce development and remote enterprises / Indigenous Economic Development research
    The arts and cultural sectors have been instrumental in producing benefits that flow to the remote communities at the source of the activity despite markets which are far away.  However, generational cycles are bringing change in available technologies and techniques, opening opportunities for innovation to find new markets on a global scale. What other ways do multimodal capabilities assist sustainable economic, social and educational sectors in remote regions? 
    Contact: Dr Judith Lovell, 
  • Local remote enterprise/entrepreneurial activity 
    Do local enterprises informed by local aspirations better enable sustainable social and economic benefit?
    What indicators are present in local enterprises with sustained social and economic benefits flowing to local residents?
    What is the admix that remote local residents require to connect to wider market activity
    What ‘mesh’ is required for these activities and residents to succeed?
    Contact: Dr Judith Lovell, 
  • Northern Australia’s future workforce challenges: What economic institutional design is needed for the North to be prepared? 
    This project considers how Northern Australia should go about identifying prospective skills needs, developing strategies to address likely and unexpected shortages across its broad expanse, preserve a ready & responsive resident workforce, and actively prepare for economic growth. 
    Contact: Associate Professor Pascal Tremblay, 
  • Understanding and forecasting overseas migration to and from Australia 
    This PhD project will focus on forecasting net overseas migration, drawing on a variety of data sources and methods. It will likely make use of the ABS data on overseas migration by visa category, statistical methods, recent work on expert argument-based forecasting methods, and theories on the drivers of migration. 
    Contact: Dr Tom Wilson, 
  • Understanding the future demography of Northern Australia 
    We are seeking candidates with an interest in furthering global knowledge about ‘what’s important’ in relation to population change for northern communities by focusing on Northern Australia and its jurisdictions. Our aim is to contribute in positive ways to policy, social and economic wellbeing. 
    Contact: Dr Andrew Taylor, 

These will be updated as topics and supervisors become available. Please check back regularly for more topics.

If you have a particular topic/research question in mind that is not on the list, please contact us for more information.


fulbright scholarship recipients

Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Sponsored by the Australian Government, Department of Education and Training


This Scholarship was established in 2005 and is for employees within the vocational education and training sector or training leaders in business and industry.  The scholarship is sponsored by the Department of Education and Training, and involves the undertaking of an educational program concerning current vocational education and training policy or practice, such as a short course and/or research. This may also involve other forms of professional experience, including visits to relevant organisations. The outcomes of the scholarship must inform and benefit the wider VET sector in Australia.

Who should apply?

Examples of those who may apply include:

  • Employees, including teachers, managers, and administrators, of private and public registered training organisations
  • People who are leading vocational education and training strategies within their business.
  • Staff within universities that teach in the training/skills sector of a university.
  • Preference will be given to those who have a record of achievement and are poised for advancement to senior levels.

Note: This scholarship is not for university academics that study VET as an academic discipline.


More information on scholarship benefits and how to apply can be found at the Fulbright website HERE