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The Higher Degree Research team coordinates and governs CDU Higher Degree Research students' scholarships, enrolments, and progressions while supporting our Higher Degree by Research student cohorts to connect and succeed. 

For any questions regarding CDU Higher Degrees by Research scholarships, admissions, progression, forms for HDR candidates and supervisors, and research skill development, please contact

For correspondence about HDR thesis examinations, please get in touch with

Office of Research and Innovation HDR Support Contacts
Dean of Graduate Studies

Professor Tara Brabazon 

Chair of the Research Committee (oversight of HDR administrations and programs across CDU)

→ Approvals for candidature progression and milestones

Manager - Higher Degree by Research

Fiona Steele

HDR Policy and Processes 
HDR Admissions and Scholarships Coordinator

Michele Zaronias

→ Initial enquiries

→ Applications for Admission

→ Scholarship Applications

→ Scholarship Administration

Candidate Progression Coordinator

Cath Hood

→ Student Progression (Progress Reports; Issues with Progression; Confirmation of Candidature)

→ Changes to candidature (Extension Requests, Leave of Absence, Full-time to part-time, Change of Supervisor)

→ Applications to the Register of Supervisors

Enrolment and Examination Coordinator

Lee-Ann Cole

→ Enrolment

→ Higher Degree by Research Examinations

Research Skills and Communications Officer

Nirmala Sinul

→ Research Enhancement Program(REP) workshops

→ 3MT (ThreeMinute Thesis)

→ Visualise yourThesis

→ ORI Website

→ HDR Newsletter

HDR Internship Coordinator

Dr Mohammad Sabuj

→ HDR Internship

→ Industry PhD

→ National Industry PhD Program Applications

Faculty HDR Coordinator & Administrative Roles

Each Faculty may have slightly different arrangements regarding HDR Coordinator or Administrator roles and responsibilities. But the Faculty contacts are the people who can advise on all matters pertaining to your postgraduate research experience at CDU.

Please contact Faculty HDR Administration Officer if you have queries relating to:

  • Student funding allocation
  • Faculty HDR grants
  • Claims for reimbursement or any other queries. 

Your supervisor can also advise you on HDR matters. Please see below for HDR contacts in your respective Faculty / School:


Faculty of Science and Technology

Faculty of Science and Technology | Charles Darwin University 

FST HDR student's page

Associate Dean of ResearchDr Vinuthaa 
HDR AdministrationDanielle Choveaux

Faculty of Arts and Society

Faculty of Arts and Society | Charles Darwin University

Associate Dean of ResearchProfessor Steve
HDR AdministrationMaha

Faculty of Health

Faculty of Health | Charles Darwin University

Associate Dean of ResearchDr Karen Hazell
HDR Administration

Menzies Schoolof Health Research

Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) - Menzies

Associate Director Research- HDR & EthicsProfessor Heidi
HDR Administration

Jane Mellett

Amanda Sandery
Human Research Ethics and/or Animal Ethics
Library Support

Academic Librarians

CDU Research Library assistance information can be found at, your query will be forwarded to a specialist staff member.

The Library’s Research Services Coordinator provides targeted services and resources for HDR students. This includes workshops such as Advanced Information Skills, Managing Information with EndNote, Publishing for Impact, and Social Media for Research Communication. One-on-one consultations focussing on the specific needs of the student are also available.

Access to a wide range of journal databases area is also available. For more details, please see: Library | Charles Darwin University ( The HDR candidates are also eligible to request items on interlibrary loan via the CDU Library homepage.

(08) 8946 7016

CDU Library

IT Support

Activating your account, accessing the portal, password resets, connecting to wireless.

(08) 7943 6600

IT Kiosk

International Student Support

CDU provides support services for international students. The international support team aims to offer the highest level of support to the international students at Charles Darwin University, to help make your experience in Australia the best it can be. There is a dedicated member of the support team on every CDU campus. 

Free call 1800 061 963

International student information


First Nations Student Services

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

(08) 8946 6479

 First Nations Student Services


The CDU Counselling Service aims to assist students who maybe be experiencing personal difficulties that are distressing and having a negative impact on their studies. 

Study usually involves a significant commitment of time and effort. It requiresa disciplined routine in order to achieve academic success. Unfortunately, sometimes you may also confront other issues over the course of your study, and, in such circumstances, it can be helpful to talk with a counsellor.

The counselling provided by CDU is undertaken by social workers or psychologists with counselling and mental health sub-specialty who are members of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) or are registered through the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority (AHPRA).

(08) 8946 6288

After hours: 1300 933 393

Counselling at CDU

Resources online that can help with:

  • getting things done
  • staying calm
  • staying connected
  • feeling positive

The Desk - aims to support Australian tertiary students to achieve mental and physical health and wellbeing.

Beyond Blue - Beyond Blue resources aim to help improve mental health across various stages of life and areas of the community. Check out the latest information and opportunities for support.

Access and Inclusion

Support to participate equitably with disability and/or health condition.

(08) 8946 6288

Access and Inclusion

Language and Learning Support

Help with academic skills, assessments and study skills.

Language and Learning Support

Careers and Employability

Advice about achieving your career goals.

Careers and Employability


24/7 access to Security professional on CDU campuses and centres Australia wide.

1800 646 501



For any official complaints that your supervisors or administrators cannot resolve.

08 8946 7738

Blue 5.1.35, Casuarina campus

Complaints | Charles Darwin University (


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