PhD Opportunities

PhD Opportunities

Our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) opportunities provide First Nations students a unique opportunity to develop their basic research, academic leadership, and research innovation skills with access to the world-leading researchers and clinicians.

Current First Nations PhD Candidates

Joel Liddle

Joel Liddle is an Arrernte man from Central Australia. His father’s family ties to the Uremerne, Mparntwe/Tyuretye and Irlpme traditional estates. Joel's mother’s family is non-Indigenous and they first arrived in Victoria on the ill-fated 'Sacramento' in 1853. Joel has a Bachelors Degree in Sports Science, a Post Graduate Degree in Indigenous Knowledges and has worked for the last 10 years in various roles engaging with remote communities across Central Australia, the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia. Joel is a competent speaker, reader and writer of Central/Eastern Arrernte, a language dialect of the Arandic language cluster from Central Australia. Joel is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne and his studies focus on the importance of Central Australian religion, social structures, intellect and language and their importance in improving mental health outcomes for young men in the region.

Tahlia Eastman

Tahlia Eastman grew up on Wurundjeri Country and has Palawa ancestry from the north-west coast of Tasmania. Tahlia has recently completed a post-graduate thesis with first-class Honours at the University of Melbourne on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity politics. 

Tahlia is currently a PhD candidate where she is exploring the mental health outcomes of transgenerational passing from an Indigenous perspective. Tahlia’s PhD focuses on strengthening identity, aiming to contribute to better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. Tahlia is a research fellow in the Indigenous Studies Unit at the University of Melbourne, where she has been investigating family violence policy, service delivery, and legal assistance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experiencing family violence and is also part of the team working on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curricula Project. Tahlia previously worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy as a research adviser at the Lowitja Institute, playing a vital role as key researcher on multiple research projects.