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Partnership and Collaboration

Our collaborations bring many diverse benefits, from supporting vocational and higher education to building collaborative commercial ventures.


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Research Impact and Excellence

CDU has various research strengths that can tackle significant global challenges to contribute to society in the Northern Territory and beyond.

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Research Ethics and Integrity

Charles Darwin University places great value on the knowledge, expertise and integrity of its research students and staff and on their commitment to conduct research with high standards of integrity and ethics.

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Researcher Development

The Office of Research and Innovation runs university-wide programs for researchers at CDU. We design research workshops and other social events to support all CDU HDR candidates, supervisors, and early and mid-career researchers in their work.

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Research institutes and centres

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a research intensive university with outstanding performance and recognised excellence in Indigenous and tropical health, environmental science and public policy. Our research portfolio has a real world impact, within and beyond our unique location in Northern Australia.

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The Research and Innovation team

Charles Darwin University provides high quality consultancy and other research, training, and other services for government, industry, communities, and end-users.

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Financial support throughout your research

Higher Degree by Research scholarships

We offer a variety of research scholarships to assist you throughout your program. Find out what we have on offer and how to apply. 

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Information for Higher Degree by Research Students and Supervisors

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Future Research Students

Find more information about higher degrees by research at CDU

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Current HDR candidates

Find out more information for our current research candidates

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HDR Supervisors

Find out more information for our current research supervisors

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Strategic Plan 2021-2026

CDU’s Strategic Plan 2021-2026  will set out our roadmap for the next five years

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Research Web Portal

Explore the CDU Research Web portal to access CDU's Research Projects and Researchers.

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Research & Innovation events

Explore various workshops and social events available for CDU's researchers and HDR students


Research news

  • New study looking into the movement and social habits of the iconic Thorny Devils

    School students inspire study into Central Australia’s infamous Thorny Devils

    A Central Australian researcher from Charles Darwin University is analysing the social behaviour and physiology of Australia’s Thorny Devil to answer unexplained questions about the iconic creature.

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  • Charles Darwin University (CDU) Masters by Research and PhD students will present insight into their research at a three-day Higher Degree by Research (HDR) conference held this week.

    Student research provides insight to support Territory communities

    Charles Darwin University (CDU) Masters by Research and PhD students will present insight into their research at a three-day Higher Degree by Research (HDR) conference held this week.

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    Research finds social work placements not sustainable for Australian students

    Australian social work students in regional and remote locations who undertake unpaid university placements are likely to suffer from financial stress and poor mental health outcomes, according to researchers at Charles Darwin University (CDU). 

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