HDR student online information kit

HDR student online information kit

Welcome to ANU History! This page has been developed as an online tool to provide useful information, links to resources and forms for new and continuing HDR students in conjunction with the ANU Higher Degree Research Guide and the CASS HDR Student Guide.


Your local area administration team is your first point of contact for all administrative functions. The team can then assist you by liaising on your behalf with administrative functions external to the school if required (college HDR administration, central HDR administration). Please address your HDR enquiries to Karen Smith by emailing hist.admin.cass@anu.edu.au. Other useful contacts to note:

(Acting) HDR Convenor (History): Tania Colwell (tania.colwell@anu.edu.au)
IT: x54321 (02 6125 4321 if using an external number)
Security: x54459

Supervisory panel

Your supervisory panel must consist of a Chair of Panel, a Primary Supervisor (who is often also the Chair) and one or more Associate Supervisors who can provide additional support. It is important to note that your panel must consist of at least 3 people for a PhD program and 2 for MPhil. You are required to have your panel finalised within 3 months of commencement by completing and submitting the candidature details update form to hist.admin.cass@anu.edu.au. If a member of your panel is external, you will need to fill out a HDR supervisory panel request form, attached below under 'file attachments'.


The following courses are a requirement for History PhD and MPhil candidates:

HIST9101 The Craft of History: Approaches, Themes, Methods (foundation course run in semester 1)
HIST9102 The Professional Historian: Advanced Training (thesis proposal development seminars are usually run in second semester, while components of the professional communication module may be undertaken throughout the year)

New HDRs are also required to complete training in research ethics by taking the Research Integrity Training module within three months of commencing their research degree.

HIST9101 and HIST9102 must be enrolled for separately. It is not automatic. To do so, you will need to request a change of enrolment via ISIS. Please note you will need to select 'Postgraduate' from the drop down menu, rather than 'Research'.

  1. Go to ISIS, and from Useful Links to the right or left of your home page click Manage My Degree (MMD). If you can’t see this, navigate to Navigator\Main Menu\ISIS\Degree Management\Manage My Degree
  2. Select MMD-HDR – Manage My Degree – HDR.
  3. In the Action Selection tab: Change enrolment - Add/Drop Courses.
  4. Select term: Semester 1 or Semester 2
  5. Select Type: it’s always Postgraduate
  6. Submit when you are ready.



All PhD and MPhil candidates are required to complete the milestones listed below.

Research Integrity Training - within 3 months of commencement (online via Wattle)
Annual Plan - within 3 months
Thesis Proposal Review - 12 months
Mid-term - Mid-candidature
Annual Reports - Annually
Oral presentation - 6-3 months out from thesis submission
Notification of intention to submit - prior to submission

All milestones need to be signed off by your chair of panel. You will need to initiate the appropriate eForm (via ISIS or directly via ANU eForms). Milestone status (due dates, completion) are viewable on ISIS. A link is included under 'Resources' below to instructional videos that will assist in navigating Student Administration eForms.

Program Management

All forms relating to program management - change in intensity or applications for program leave are available on ISIS. If you're applying for a long period of leave, please advise the local administration team on hist.admin.cass@anu.edu.au so that we can change the due dates for your milestones.


PhD candidates are eligible to apply for a maximum of $6,000 fieldwork funding. The amount of available fieldwork funding for MPhil students is $4,000. These funds can be used to attend conferences or to conduct fieldwork. An application for research support needs to be made to allow you to access these funds. The application form has been uploaded to the File Attachments below. Standard procedure is for students to make their own travel bookings and the school will reimburse costs once a reimbursement claim has been lodged to the HDR administrator.


You need to apply for travel approval in addition to the separate application for research support above. This is done via ANU eForms. Allow 2 weeks between submitting your application and the travel commencement date to allow for processing and approval time.

Stationery / Mail

Basic stationery can be found in Steph Brinkworth's office Rm 2103 in the History corridor. Special requests for items not stocked should be made to Steph. You will have a pigeon hole for any internal or external incoming mail in the resource room (Rm 2113A across from the bathrooms). If you're sending anything out, place it in the tray for outgoing mail in Rm 2113A. No stamps are required, just mark down the school somewhere on the envelope.

Student card

Once your enrolment is complete (the day following your commencement date) you need to visit Student Central to collect your student card and activate your enrolment.Your student card will enable you 24/7 access to the Coombs building (via the front door only), allow you to access your printing account and use library facilities.


You will need to complete a profile template for your contact page on our website. Danika Wadey (Danika.Wadey@anu.edu.au.au) is responsible for the school’s website and social media accounts.

Updated:  12 August 2022/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications