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Research and Innovation

Milestones and Annual Reports

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Besides your thesis, you will also need to fulfil some other milestones.  These milestones are designed to help you complete your thesis and enhance your career.  

For example, you will need to

  •  write and present an extensive research proposal that outlines the research you plan to conduct—called a confirmation of candidature
  • complete a progress report each year, in which you answer survey questions about your progress this year, the impediments you have experienced, and the support you would like
  • If you need to seek human or animal ethics approval, you will also need to complete an Annual/Final Report of Ethics clearance with your supervisor
  • complete some training in research integrity, research methods, and research communication
  • complete some other tasks, such as a supervision agreement and a presentation several months before you "submit”

You cannot earn your degree until you have fulfilled these milestones.  This webpage presents more information about each milestone.

Please read all the information below relevant to your candidature milestones in Charles Darwin University. For any enquiries regarding your milestones, please contact

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Confirmation of candidature

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Merita - Public Health Student

Annual Progression Report

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Conservation & Land Management at CDU

Research Ethics and Annual Ethics Clearance

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    Please note that the approval procedures for HDR candidature/scholarship extension requests have been changed from today on in accordance with the University’s HDR policies and procedures.

    The new procedures:

    • All HDR candidature extension requests beyond the maximum study period must be submitted to the Research  Committee (RC) for review and possible approval. 
    • Requests for a 6-month extension of RTP scholarships beyond the maximum period should be submitted to DGS for review and possible approval.
    • All scholarship extension requests beyond the maximum allowable must be submitted to RTC for review. However, please be aware that these extensions are usually not permitted unless extraordinary events preclude candidates from progressing their research.

    All requests should be submitted to the CDU-HDR team ( at least two (2) weeks before the RC meeting, along with all necessary supporting evidence and college endorsement. The timeline for 2022 is as follows,

    Deadline for all HDR candidature/scholarship extension requests to be submitted to the HDR team for the RC’s review and possible approval on 9 November 2022: COB Monday 24 October 2022