Why study at CAEPR?
As a university-based research centre, CAEPR offers students a unique environment in which to undertake research into Indigenous economic and social policy. CAEPR students benefit from:
- the opportunity to work with some of Australia’s research leaders in Indigenous affairs;
- excellent facilities, including office space, networked computers and access to the CAEPR library;
- funding for field work, training and/or conference attendance;
- a supportive environment where students are treated as part of the team and encouraged to collaborate with staff in research projects and publication.
Students also benefit from the centre’s manifold external links, including:
- CAEPR’s long track record of working with Indigenous communities;
- CAEPR’s extensive collaborative research arrangements with Indigenous organisations, Commonwealth agencies, national academies, industry, foundations and other public institutions;
- CAEPR's active engagement with federal politicians and senior policy makers, facilitated by the centre’s strategic location in Canberra;
- CAEPR’s close research relations with a number of parts of the ANU including the National Centre for Indigenous Studies and the Fenner School of Environment and Society.
What we offer
CAEPR offers Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) degrees by research in the areas of Indigenous economic and social policy for full-time or part-time students.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The PhD degree requires submission of a thesis of not more than 100,000 words which makes a substantial contribution to learning in the field of Indigenous affairs. Each candidate has a supervisory panel of at least three academics. The minimum requirement for admission to an academic program leading to research degree is a degree of bachelor with first class honours or upper second class honours degree, from an Australian university or such other qualification (being a qualification that is equivalent or superior to such a degree) as the Delegated Authority determines. A full-time student normally completes in three years. In some circumstances part-time study is permitted with the maximum time for completion being eight years.
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
The Master of Philosophy is a research degree requiring the completion of a thesis of no more than 60,000 words. The candidate will have a supervisor and an advisory panel. The minimum requirement for admission to an academic program leading to research degree is a degree of bachelor with first class honours or upper second class honours degree, from an Australian university or such other qualification (being a qualification that is equivalent or superior to such a degree) as the Delegated Authority determines. The MPhil can be completed in one year of full-time study or up to a maximum of four years part-time.
Research may be conducted in many areas of Indigenous affairs and through a range of disciplines. Students can undertake research under the supervision of leading scholars in the Centre. Academics in other areas of the University may also supervise research. We encourage students to contact us to find out more about our staff and to discuss potential research projects and supervision requirements.
CAEPR is currently engaged in an array of research projects, centering on, but not limited to, four themes:
- Economic, cultural and social circumstances
- Economic development aspirations and sustainable futures
- Governance, policy and the state
- Education, lifespan learning and youth
For more information about CAEPR's current research see Key Research Areas.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are particularly encouraged to apply to CAEPR.
The Jabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with advice on planning and financing your studies, as well as a place to meet for study, social and cultural purposes.
We encourage you to make contact with the Higher Degree (HDR) Convenor, identify a prospective supervisor and arrange an appointment to visit the Centre. This will provide you with an insight about our people and facilities.
Find out more about applying for an MPhil or PhD with CAEPR in the College of Arts and Social Sciences.
CAEPR student administration contacts
Phone: (02) 6125 0587
Phone: (02) 6125 2053
For more information on graduate research at CAEPR see:
For general information on graduate research at the ANU see:
For further information on graduate study at CAEPR, contact the HDR Convenor, Dr Julie Lahn.