ARC Indigenous Discovery Aboriginal Youth Racism Project

Earn while you study! The Aboriginal Youth Racism Project is a 3-year research project funded by the Australian Research Council. The objective of this project is to test a new model for assessing covert racism experienced by Indigenous youth, which includes the roles and responsibilities of non-Indigenous agents. This model can be utilised to guide evidence-based interventions to address multiple forms of racism against Indigenous Australians.

This is a fully funded PhD stipend to support the candidate to work toward obtaining their PhD on either a full-time or part-time basis. The candidate will be supported to develop a program of research focused on data from Indigenous youth. Their project will utilise either qualitative data (yarning circle, focus group), quantitative data (daily diary surveys) or a mix of both, depending on their research question(s) and interests. Youth data will focus on types, frequencies, and impacts of daily microaggressions on Aboriginal youth wellbeing. There will be opportunities for training in advanced statistical analysis (multilevel modelling of longitudinal data) as well as Indigenous research methodologies.

  • Support by the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre – an award-winning student support centre at Murdoch University, Perth WA. Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre believes education is freedom. The people you meet, the ideas you engage with and the doors you open are transformational.
  • A flexible and inclusive study environment that is outcomes-focused.
  • The candidate will have access to supervision by both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal academics and work within the culturally supportive Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre at Murdoch University, situated within the Noongar nation.
  • An opportunity to study within an Aboriginal-led, multidisciplinary team that are committed to building the capacity of future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholars.
  • Support and opportunities to publish high-quality peer-reviewed research and attend national and international conferences
  • Study in a supportive and rich research environment which values diversity
  • Join an emerging Aboriginal researcher community network within Western Australia

The research team are committed to diversity, equal opportunity and fostering inclusive learning environments. We encourage you to get in touch to discuss how this program could work for you.

This stipend is funded via an Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous grant (IN210100051) awarded to Dr Bep Uink, Dr Jonathan Bullen, Dr Rebecca Bennett, Associate Professor Gregory Martin, Associate Professor Ashleigh Lin, Ms Jenna Woods, and Professor Yin Paradies.

For more information, contact Dr Bep Uink (Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre) at or call (08) 9360 1783.

Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous scheme
No. of Scholarships:
Duration of Award:
3 or 4 years
Level of study:
  • Research
Study Area:
  • Social and Cultural Studies


To apply for this scholarship, you must:

  • Have completed an undergraduate degree with honours and/or a Research Masters in the fields of psychology, social science, public health, Indigenous Research Methodologies, epidemiology or related fields.
  • Have willingness to work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Show an understanding of survey methodology and basic regression analysis (for candidates interested in a quantitative project).
  • Show a passion for working with Indigenous adolescents (12-18 years).
  • Be able to be based in Perth, Western Australia (if applicable).

The position is an identified Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander position. Pursuant to a Section 50 (d) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984, only applications from suitably qualified Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander candidates will be considered.

How to Apply

To apply, compile the required documents and email them to

For more information about the project or scholarship, feel free to contact Dr Bep Uink at or on (08) 9360 1783.

Required Documents

  • A recent CV (with digital copies of any authored publications, if applicable).
  • Details of Bachelor degree (Hons) and/or Research Masters, including academic transcripts and thesis abstract (if applicable).
  • A brief letter (1-2 pages) explaining your research interests.
  • The names and contact details of three references that can be contacted for a recommendation letter.

Payment Method

$30,000 per year (tax free) for 3.5 years full-time study (or part-time equivalent). 

Payments of $1,153 per fortnight.