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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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Abstract Submisission: Guidelines and Portal

CDU HDR conference 2022

We invite CDU HDR candidates to submit their abstracts to the CDU HDR Conference 2022 (8-10 June) at the Casuarina campus & online.

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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

  • hpc

    New technology to support researcher analysis

    Charles Darwin University (CDU) and Menzies have acquired a new High-Performance Computer (HPC) to support research and academic tasks that require rapid computations.

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  • Di Stephens

    Health response to disasters in the spotlight

    Our national response to natural and manmade disasters will be in the spotlight at a public lecture to be held at Charles Darwin University (CDU) on May 10.

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  • Birthing on Country conference to be held in October, co-hosted by the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre, will be a celebration of the long history of First Nations maternity care, and a look to the future of on-country birthing.

    Molly Wardaguga Research Centre announces National Birthing on Country Conference to honour midwives

    The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre at Charles Darwin University (CDU) is co-hosting the second National Birthing on Country Conference in Alice Springs on October 10-12, a decade after the inaugural event.

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