The Carumba Institute is QUT's dedicated student support unit for Indigenous research students. We provide assistance, mentorship and academic career guidance to Indigenous students at all stages of their research candidature.

When you research with us, you join an vibrant and exciting culture of emerging research talent. Our supportive and welcoming environment will help equip you for success in your research career.

Support when you need it

The Indigenous Postgraduate Programs Officer (IPPO) oversees and provides support services for current and incoming students. The IPPO also works internally to promote QUT scholarships, bursaries, and other research opportunities to the Carumba Institute student cohort.

Email carumbainstitute@qut.edu.au for more information.

Financial support

QUT offers the Indigenous Postgraduate Research Award - a dedicated scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Masters of Philosophy and PhD candidates. This scholarship covers living costs for full-time students for up to 2 years (masters students) and 3 years (PhD students).

Find out more about the Indigenous Postgraduate Research Award

Indigenous students are also eligible for scholarship top-ups through their faculty.

Access to 24/7 study spaces

Indigenous postgraduate students enrolled at QUT have access to the Carumba Institute study space, including:

  • secure 24/7 computer access
  • kitchen facilities
  • support for thesis printing and binding.

You'll also have opportunities to attend writing sessions and retreats, and capacity-building workshops. You'll also have access to study spaces provided by your faculty, as well as specialist language and learning support through Graduate Research Education and Development (GRE+D).

Your research project

We're ready to support your research journey, and that includes helping you find the right project and the best team to help you succeed.

We've curated a list of dozens of projects and supervisors who are actively seeking Indigenous perspectives for their research. Alternatively, you can explore all the supervisors and research projects QUT has to offer to find a match for your interests.

Find a project or supervisor

Come study with us

Confirmation of Aboriginality

To access the Carumba Institute services, students must be able to provide a Confirmation of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander descent form stamped with a Common Seal belonging to a registered organisation.

Find out more from the AIATSIS website

Need more information?

Need help with your next steps? Contact the Carumba Institute to find out more about your future research journey.