Indigenous research, engagement and inclusion in the Faculty of Science

See how the Faculty of Science is working to lead Indigenous research, engagement and inclusion through a shared endeavour to expand human scientific knowledge.

Michael-Shawn Fletcher
Michael-Shawn Fletcher, Associate Dean (Indigenous)
I am committed to improving the lives and livelihoods of all Indigenous Australians. My role is to foster new and bolster existing efforts to both empower Indigenous communities and help make the University of Melbourne a more inclusive place for Indigenous people.

The Faculty of Science has a key role to play in these endeavours, and will reach them through robust research partnerships and engagement with communities. Guided by the University of Melbourne's Reconciliation Action Plan [PDF, 11.5 MB], there are three main areas in which we are working towards these commitments.

We’re offering a new scholarship for Indigenous graduate students from 2022. Find out more about the Indigenous Students in Science Scholarship.

Indigenous Knowledge: Linking, learning, respecting

Watch the final Faculty of Science Dean’s Lecture for 2021, with a powerful panel discussion about Indigenous peoples as Australia’s first scientists, and their deep and enduring connection as part of Country.

Our priorities

Photo of June Oscar at the 2017 Narrm Oration by Peter Casamento. Photo of Clarence Strait courtesy of European Space Agency, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.