Graduate research retreat

23 – 25 October 2019 was fun, engaging, informative, practical and motivating...

NCIS hosts an annual retreat for Higher Degree Research (HDR) scholars who are Indigenous to Australia, or are undertaking research into indigenous topics. The retreat is open to all NCIS HDR scholars, and – by application – is open also to HDR scholars based at other Indigenous higher education centres within The Australian National University and other institutions across the ACT and NSW.

The main aims of the retreat are:

  • to bring together graduates working in different disciplines, within the Indigenous studies field
  • to allow HDR scholars to profile their topics and receive support/feedback from panels and peers
  • to provide an opportunity for HDR scholars to give mid-term oral presentations for review
  • to present successful pathways for organising and producing a thesis in the Indigenous studies field
  • to identify strategic issues in undertaking higher education in the Indigenous studies field.

This week contributed to us feeling stronger about our work.

The retreat's purpose is to foster the exchange of information, help HDR scholars to progress their research themes, provide/receive feedback, and create an engaging space for Indigenous research.

» read more participant feedback from the 2013 NCIS HDR research retreat (PDF 84.3KB)

Location: Burringiri Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre, Yarramundi Reach 245 Lady Denman Drive Canberra, ACT 2611

Time: Wednesday 23 – Friday 25 October 2019.

Admission: The event is free and places are limited.

Enquiries: If you are interested in participating in the NCIS graduate research retreat, or if you have HDR scholars who may find this event helpful, please contact the NCIS HDR Program.


If you would like to attend the conference and present your research project, please submit an abstract on your research topic that includes:

  • the title of your research project
  • your name, affiliation and short biography
  • a 100-200 word précis of your project. For examples, please refer to the previous years' programs and abstracts, available from the links box at the top right of this page.

Abstracts are required by COB Friday 12 June 2019 and can be emailed to the NCIS HDR Program.

Retreat program

The 2019 HDR graduate research retreat program will be held over three days, with invited keynote addresses and HDR scholar presentations integrated across the two days.

HDR scholar presentations will be of 20 minutes' duration (15 minutes for those in the early stages of their candidature). The focus of your presentation does not need to be your entire research dissertation; you can highlight a particular area within it that you are currently investigating and/or writing or an interesting method you have been using, highlight some preliminary conclusions or theories, or test-run a paper for publication etc.

Photo gallery

Participants in the 2016 NCIS graduate research retreat.

Participants in the 2015 NCIS graduate research retreat.

Participants in the 2014 NCIS graduate research retreat.

Participants in the 2013 NCIS graduate research retreat.

NCIS HDR scholars and Dr Gary Foley, on the 2013 NCIS graduate research retreat.

Participants in the 2012 NCIS graduate research retreat.

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