Current research graduate candidates

Sarah O'Shea

The GRES and Welcome

Firstly, I’d like to welcome all our new Higher Degree Research (HDR) students commencing at Charles Sturt University and I look forward to meeting you online or face to face in the coming months. I am the Dean, Graduate Research and I oversee the HDR student journey from commencement through to graduation.

However, I do not do this alone. At Charles Sturt, our research services / graduate studies teams work collaboratively to ensure the HDR journey at Charles Sturt is a quality one. We also ask for your input, particularly in terms of how our services and supports impact on your HDR experience.

One of the ways we seek your feedback is through the annual Graduate Research Experience Survey (GRES) which is designed to provide insights about the experiences of our candidates during their research program. We use the results to identify areas where there are gaps or opportunities for improvement, to inform new initiatives and highlight what we are doing well. The GRES also includes an opportunity for you to provide verbal feedback via an interview or focus group.

Please take the time to contribute to the GRES when it is released between October – November or if you want to provide feedback in the interim, please feel free to email me at;


Three Minute Thesis Competition

Every May, thousands of PhD candidates from around the world come together to convey the essence of their research to a non-expert audience. They do so using plain language, and they have only three minutes to present their work, accompanied by a single PowerPoint slide. Entries are called for in February each year, and Charles Sturt offer an abundance of support to help you on this worthwhile journey.  Find out more.

Information and support

Candidature lifecycle

Important information to help manage your candidature and get you started on your journey.

Supervisory team

Your Supervisory Team has overall responsibility for overseeing, guiding and monitoring your progress.

Probation details

A candidate's admission normally commences on a probationary basis for a period of up to twelve months (full-time equivalent).

HDR scholarships

There are a range of scholarships available to both domestic and international HDR candidates.

Researcher development

There is a variety of PD programs for HDR Candidates, Supervisors and Researchers.

Research Skills and Career Development

What will give you the edge in an evolving and increasingly competitive job market?

Progress and progress reports

MyResearch collects, stores and manages a range of research management information including progress reports.

Support services

Services which will support you throughout the research process from Charles Sturt and approved providers.

Your thesis

Information relating to completion of your thesis.

Publication and authorship

Advice relating to intellectual property and copyright considerations.

Indigenous support

Support is available to assist Indigenous staff and students undertaking research and study.

Research centres

Spaces where you can gain industry support for your research activities and collaboration with professionals.

HDR forms, policies and resources

See the list of forms and guides that support your candidature and research.

Responsibilities & Administration Matters

Ensure you familiarise yourself with your HDR responsibilities and administrative matters.

Variances to Candidature

Do you need to take a break from your studies for a short period of time? You may seek an official leave of absence.

Literature review

Find out how to write your literature review.