Graduate Research Academy

Developing future generations of thought leaders and innovators

The GRA coordinates the development of thought leaders and innovators, people with the discipline knowledge and professional skills necessary to push the frontiers of knowledge and make the world a better place in every respect. It is the fundamental purpose and high calling of research degree education and academic researcher training to produce individuals who epitomise this leadership.

The Deakin Graduate Research Academy (GRA) provides opportunities for HDR students and academic researchers at all levels to expand their skill set and support their continuing professional development.

For students, the PhD Xtra program and the GRA provide an opportunity to complete a tailored PhD of research project plus thesis with added benefits of accredited research training and additional program content. This leads to an enhanced learning experience with greater breadth and depth of knowledge. The individual learning plan for each student facilitates success through the management of accredited research training, and optional career pathway placements provide relevant 'industry' exposure.

For academic staff researchers at all levels, the GRA provides training and certification that leads to successful supervision. This broadens their knowledge, expands their skill set, and assists professional development with improved career prospects.

For Deakin's research partners, the GRA provides confidence in collaboration with Deakin. Partners can be confident that they are engaged with professionals who are focused on continuing their own development and being at the 'cutting edge' of their respective disciplines in terms of theory and methodology. They can be assured that in taking on a PhD Xtra student for a placement or research project, that student is committed to industry engagement as well as their own personal learning experience and career.

We aspire to having the highest quality HDR program, the best completion record, and the highest graduate course satisfaction in Australia.



The GRA integrates our HDR Program Team, International Research Training, Researcher Training Program, and central research training staff. Additional international partnerships in PhDs leads to an enhanced international reputation and increased collaborations in strategically valued areas. It provides a strengthened research profile and enhances the University’s research performance over time.

The HDR program team is responsible for all facets of candidature management for students completing a higher degree by research. This includes admissions, enrolments, scholarships, examinations, online system management, and advice and support to students and staff. Improved Candidature Management is a strong focus and essential as a matter of continuous quality improvement.

Deakin International Research Training is responsible for the expansion of Deakin’s international research training program. They establish partnerships with international universities and research institutions and coordinate the development of inter-institutional agreements to ensure the students receive a top-class research experience.

Deakin Researcher Training is responsible for planning and delivery of training and professional development opportunities for HDR students and supervisors. The training focuses on skill development, an enhanced study experience and career preparation, and improved supervision.

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