Doctoral Academy

The networked society is raising many research questions that cut across disciplinary domains. To address these issues interdisciplinary research skills, methodologies and approaches are required.

To foster an interdisciplinary research culture and build interdisciplinary research capacity at the University of Melbourne the Melbourne Networked Society Institute is establishing a Doctoral Academy.

The Doctoral Academy brings together a cohort of PhD students who are engaged with research relating to the networked society. The Academy provides a forum for graduate research students to connect, collaborate and build interdisciplinary linkages.

The Academy connects students with the Institute, provides knowledge about the networked society and seeks to enable an interdisciplinary research culture. The Academy will provide support for students and seek to encourage and catalyse innovative research and development activity.

The Academy program runs for twelve months and consists of a series of seminars and workshops specifically designed for members. Doctoral Academy members will also be able to actively engage with the Institute’s program of activities.

Following the academy and to further collaborative interdisciplinary research, the Institute will provide the small-scale seed funding to support collaborative research activities arising from association with the program.

Doctoral Academy 2017 Members


  • Access to Doctoral Academy workshops and seminars
  • A $3,000 one-off top-up scholarship (for non-MNSI Scholarship recipients)
  • Opportunity to apply for additional research funding

Academy Program

Friday 26 May 2017

Initial Doctoral Academy Workshop

Friday 30 June 2017


Friday 28 July 2017


Friday 25 August 2017


Friday 29 September 2017


Friday 27 October 2017

MNSI Annual Symposium (TBC)

Friday 24 November 2017

Workshop 2

TBA January 2018


TBA February 2018

Workshop and Doctoral Academy Public Forum

TBA March 2018


TBA April 2018


Entry requirements & Application

Places in the Doctoral Academy are limited and entry is via a competitive selection process.

The requirements for entry are:

  • Confirmation in a PhD program at the University of Melbourne
  • Completion of the Application Form (docx)
  • Statement of Support from your supervisor

Please submit your completed Application Form (docx), along with a statement of support from your supervisor and a copy of your CV or resume as a single pdf document to Fiorella Chiodo - by Monday 10 April 2017.

Note: Existing MNSI PhD Scholars are automatically eligible for access to the academy.