Summer and Winter Research Programs

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit's Summer and Winter Research Programs provide Indigenous students with the opportunity to gain practical research experience, while working alongside some of UQ's leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics and researchers.

By participating in a research program, students will gain valuable academic and professional experience, develop analytical & critical thinking, plus the chance to create networks with industry and academic contacts.

Research projects are available across different disciplines over the following vacational periods: 

  • Summer mid November - mid February (for 6-10 weeks)
  • Winter mid June - mid July (for 4 weeks) 

Participation is open to undergraduate, honours, or masters by coursework students, who have completed at least two years of study and are currently enrolled at the time of application. 

Applications are open now and will close 19 October 2020. 

Please email pvcie@uq.edu.au if you wish to be considered for the program. All applications must be received by 11.59pm on the application closing date. Once applications close no late applications will be accepted.

You can only apply for one project, but you are welcome to list a second project preference which must be within the same research unit of your first preference

A list of available Research Projects on offer can be found below, or you can download the full list (DOCX, 23.5 KB)

Available Summer Research Projects for 2020/2021: 

Literature Review and Summary for M/C Journal themed issue 'Dark'

Student will work with Professor Bronwyn Fredericks and Dr Abe Bradfield to produce a literature review and summary exploring the ‘Dark’ theme in relation to skin and the Black Lives Matter movement in Australia. 

The M/C Journal has put out a call for submissions on the theme of ‘dark’: “This issue expands on tensions around what is dark and connected, challenging binaries that otherwise determine dark from light. … we reflect here on how the concept of ‘dark’ might expand opportunities for exploring notions of existence and persistence in dark times that remain datafied and require moral, ethical, and pragmatic responses to selves and communities seeking to be / belong in / of the dark. This issue invites responses to the theme 'dark', understood broadly as operating in and through digital places, powers, and practices whether technical, moral, or otherwise. Are we afraid of the dark?

Project duration and delivery: 6-10 weeks by negotiation. On-site or remote working arrangements also by negotiation.

Eligibility: Applicants should have completed at least 2 years of a coursework program and be making satisfactory academic progress in their current program.

Primary Supervisor: Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement)

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Literature Review focused on universities and Indigenous engagement

This project involves working on the literature review inclusive of scholarly works on and around the theme of universities and Indigenous engagement. This literature review will support the development of materials to support the Office of Indigenous Engagement’s core activities within the University of Queensland and within the community.

Project duration and delivery: 6-10 weeks by negotiation. On-site or remote working arrangements also by negotiation.

Eligibility: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students interested in research experience, and with strong analytical and writing skills. Applicants should have an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, identities and knowledges. Applicants should have completed at least 2 years of a coursework program and be making satisfactory academic progress in their current program.

Primary Supervirsor: Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement)

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Literature Review focused on universities and treaties​

This project involves working on the literature review inclusive of scholarly works on and around the theme of universities and treaties in relation to Indigenous peoples. This literature will support the development of materials to support the Office of Indigenous Engagement’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) focused projects at the University of Queensland.

Project duration and delivery: 6-10 weeks by negotiation. On-site or remote working arrangements also by negotiation.

Eligibility: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students interested in research experience, and with strong analytical and writing skills. Applicants should have an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, identities and knowledges. Applicants should have completed at least 2 years of a coursework program and be making satisfactory academic progress in their current program.

Primary Supervirsor: Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement)

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Literature Review focused on universities and Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP)​

this project involves working on the literature review inclusive of scholarly works on and around the theme of universities and Reconciliation Action Plans. This literature review will support the development of materials to support the Office of Indigenous Engagement’s Reconciliation Action Plan focused projects at the University of Queensland

Project duration and delivery: 6-10 weeks by negotiation. On-site or remote working arrangements also by negotiation.

Eligibility: Applicants should have completed at least 2 years of a coursework program and be making satisfactory academic progress in their current program.

Primary Supervirsor: Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement)

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Research Assistance for creation of a bibliography for the new Major in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

The Major in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies offered at UQ, has in S1 2020 undergone a review, and as a result is refreshed and restructured to comply with the UQ Program Architecture (2) exercise. The refreshed Major will be implemented in S1 2021.

 In order to provide a quality teaching and learning experience the research assistant will:

  • Complete a wordal of ABTS ECPs;
  • Complete a systematic review based on the wordal outcomes;
  • Compile a succinct Bibliography to complement existing and new courses within the Major. The Bibliography will be created by critically examining existing course Bibliographies and be added to with the creation of relevant lists of teaching and learning materials for new courses. The Bibliography will need to reflect up to date materials and current trends within the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

Project duration and delivery: 6-10 weeks by negotiation. On-site or remote working arrangements also by negotiation.

Eligibility: Applicants should have completed at least 2 years of a coursework program and be making satisfactory academic progress in their current program.

Primary Supervirsor: Professor Tracey Bunda, Professor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, ATSIS Unit

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Research Assistance for literature review on Aboriginal Women’s Wisdoms for Leadership

This project supports work towards the future publication of a book that draws on the wisdoms and knowledges of senior Aboriginal women as leaders and members of the UQ community and other senior Aboriginal women situated external to the university.

The researcher will produce a bibliography listing relevant literature developed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have produced knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Literature here can be broadly understood as written word, spoken word and artistic/creative performance and products.

Project duration and delivery: 6-10 weeks by negotiation. On-site or remote working arrangements also by negotiation.

Eligibility: Applicants should have completed at least 2 years of a coursework program and be making satisfactory academic progress in their current program.

Primary Supervirsor: Professor Tracey Bunda, Professor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, ATSIS Unit

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Research Assistance for literature review on embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum and inclusive teaching practices in programs

The embedding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in the curriculum and inclusive teaching practices is a key objective of the UQ RAP. The research will therefore contribute to this current university wide project for the production of publications.

The researcher will produce a bibliography listing relevant literature on embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum and inclusive teaching practices. The research would be inclusive of desktop investigations of other universities practices for embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and teaching practices in the curriculum.

Project duration and delivery: 6-10 weeks by negotiation. On-site or remote working arrangements also by negotiation.

Eligibility: Applicants should have completed at least 2 years of a coursework program and be making satisfactory academic progress in their current program.

Primary Supervirsor: Professor Tracey Bunda, Professor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, ATSIS Unit

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Literature Review for future ARC proposal/application

This project involves a literature review inclusive of scholarly works (articles, publications & scientific research Australia/International) and existing creative works by Indigenous/Native artists on and around the theme of hair.

This literature review will support an ARC proposal (to be submitted 2021) to support access and examine existing scientific and cultural research by early colonial explorers / anthropologists etc who collected Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples’ hair for scientific / anthropological purposes. The future proposal will examine WHY and HOW the hair was collected; critically analyse the existing historical and scientific ideologies, which justified & framed the ‘colonial’ research. Additionally how colonial language was used to articulate the findings and look at ways in which the hair collection could inspire contemporary scientific research using the lead researcher’s own hair.

The literature review will contribute to the development of a publication as an Aboriginal cultural response to hair, examining the collision points present in Indigenous contemporary art and the academy. An additional outcome will be the future creation of a VR (Virtual Reality) work which maps hair and its colonial positioning in science; and collaborate with the lead researcher’s family (Gamilaraay / Wailwan / Biripi) to create a series of woven sculptural works that reclaims Indigenous hair by exploring hair’s relationship to culture and cultural practice.

Project duration and delivery: 6-10 weeks by negotiation. On-site or remote working arrangements also by negotiation.

Eligibility: Applicants should have completed at least 2 years of a coursework program and be making satisfactory academic progress in their current program.

Primary Supervirsor: Dr r e a (Saunders), Senior Lecturer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit

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Research Assistance for Book creation - Living Inside the Indigenous Body Constructed in Policy, Genetics and Memory​

This project involves working on elements of a new book – ‘Living Inside the Indigenous Body-Constructed in Policy, Genetics and Memory’. The book has commenced in draft form and is up to substantive chapter 2. All material has been collected for the book chapters except for Canada.

This includes:

  • Developing reference lists for each of the chapters (the reference lists are to use Chicago footnoting system). 
  • Collecting evidence for Chapter 5 for the Canada section (Some material has been collected- having a good understanding of the Centre for Reconciliation at University of Manitoba).
  • Review of current material. Material collection needs to be organised into a useable fashion to inform the theoretical development.

Project duration and delivery: 6-10 weeks by negotiation. On-site or remote working arrangements also by negotiation.

Eligibility: Applicants should have completed at least 2 years of a coursework program and be making satisfactory academic progress in their current program.

Primary Supervirsor: Dr Stephanie Gilbert, Senior Lecturer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit

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Research Assistance for NHMRC Nurition Project​

This project involves assisting in the development of the literature review for support of the ethics application and other documentation including publications from the Project: APP1178993 (Winanga-li: Indigenous worldview's incorporated into m-health approaches for Indigenous women and children, Associate Professor Kym Rae, The University of Newcastle)

This includes: 

  • Developing reference lists for each part of the ethics and research methodology; and
  • review of current material. Material collection needs to be organised into a useable fashion to inform the appropriate documentation.

Project duration and delivery: 6-10 weeks by negotiation. On-site or remote working arrangements also by negotiation.

Eligibility: Applicants should have completed at least 2 years of a coursework program and be making satisfactory academic progress in their current program.

Primary Supervirsor: Dr Stephanie Gilbert, Senior Lecturer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit

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