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Location University of Melbourne, Melbourne Law School
App. deadline 04/09/2018
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

PhD Scholarship - Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness

About the Melbourne Law School

Melbourne Law School (MLS) is Australia's first all-graduate law faculty. Melbourne Law School was the first faculty in Australia to teach law, and awarded this country's first law degrees. The Law School is now fully graduate with its Juris Doctor for admission to practice recognised as a high-level qualification in Australia and beyond.  Its faculty is a vibrant community of creative scholars, committed to a highly collegial, research-intensive institutional life.

About the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness

On 1 February 2018, the Melbourne Law School’s Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness began operation under the leadership of Professor Michelle Foster with the objective of undertaking research, teaching and engagement activities aimed at reducing statelessness and protecting the rights of stateless people. The Centre is based at Melbourne Law School and draws on interdisciplinary expertise from all parts of the University of Melbourne.

The Centre's focus is to develop teaching, research and engagement projects with three major aims:

  • To properly understand the scope, scale and reasons for statelessness in order to develop targeted and effective responses to it;
  • To work towards reducing and, over time, eliminating statelessness; and
  • Until statelessness is eliminated, working to protect the human rights of stateless people within the countries in which they reside.

The Centre staff comprises the Director, Professor Michelle Foster, two full-time Research Fellows, a part-time Centre administrator, as well as research assistants, graduate students and visiting fellows.

About the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship

Graduate research projects

Research proposals should identify an innovative research question relevant to the themes of the Centre on Statelessness. The work of the Centre encompasses a wide range of research methodologies, and proposals may outline conventional legal techniques of analysis, propose theoretical projects or projects based on empirical study (or a combination of these methods).  Interdisciplinary project proposals are welcome. Proposals are invited on a wide range of topics including (but not limited to) issues around the right to nationality at international law, domestic nationality laws and deprivation of citizenship, legal identity, the risk of statelessness, and/or human rights issues connected with the causes and ramifications of statelessness.

Stipend and benefits

Scholarship recipients undertaking research at the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness will be awarded an annual stipend of AUD $30,000 (tax free), and will be eligible to apply for up to AUD $4,000 project funding over the course of their candidature for approved travel, fieldwork and conference attendance. The scholarship is available for a maximum period of 3.5 years, with no further extensions possible.

A relocation allowance of AUD $2,000 may be granted for candidates who need to move from outside Victoria or AUD $3,000 for candidates who need to move from outside Australia.  Limited paid sick, maternity and parental leave is available.


Applicants must:

  • have completed tertiary studies that are at least equivalent to a 4-year honours degree with a minimum result equivalent to a first class Honours (80%) or an equivalent level of academic attainment as demonstrated by a high 2A undergraduate degree combined with relevant work experience, research publications, referees’ reports or other research experience.
  • be available to undertake research full-time in Melbourne
  • have not completed a PhD previously
  • be able to commence their PhD prior to 30 June 2019.
  • must comply with the University's minimum entry requirements including English language requirements

***For more details and instructions to apply for this exciting PhD scholarship opportunity, please visit PhD Scholarship in the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness.

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