Research collaborations with industry partners help us to develop innovative approaches to real world challenges, and to develop applied research that produces cross-sector improvements as well as economic, social and cultural benefits.

Facilities for research students

The first floor of the Old Arts Building has been purpose-built for research students to the highest calibre. It boasts world-class teaching and learning facilities with an informal learning hub, plus video conferencing services that can assist students with cross-institutional collaboration.

There is also a RHD Reading Room specifically for research students, a quiet space modelled on the Victorian State Library Reading Room. Visiting scholars are based in hosting offices and deliver talks and seminars in collaborative learning spaces.

Key research facilities include:

  • Multimedia facilities

  • Building-wide WiFi support

  • Student service centre

  • Student lounge

  • Study and meeting rooms

  • Dedicated lecture and seminar rooms

  • Equipment for loan (voice recorders, video recorders, portable scanners, laptops)

  • Dedicated IT facilities

  • Easy access to parking and public transport

Travel grants for existing research students

We offer a number of grants and scholarships to current research students for the purpose of overseas and domestic travel for research, fieldwork and conferences.

Some of these are funded and administered through GSHSS, others by the Melbourne Scholarships Office.

Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences schemes

University of Melbourne schemes and travelling scholarships

Research Training and Professional Development

The Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) boasts a diverse, innovative and comprehensive range of programs to get your research off to a successful start and guide you through your candidature to completion and beyond. Whether you're thinking of a career in academia or industry, there's something for everyone.

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The 3 Minute Thesis Competition

The 3MT® is a research communication competition. The exercise challenges PhD and MPhil students to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. 3MT® develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports graduate researchers' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent, but non-specialist audience.

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