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Location Griffith University, Griffith Criminology Institute
App. deadline 02/10/2018
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Tony Fitzgerald Scholarship Top-up - Griffith Criminology Institute

The Tony Fitzgerald Lecture and Scholarship Program was launched by Griffith University in 2009 to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of the Fitzgerald Report, which uncovered widespread corruption in the Queensland government.

The Fitzgerald Report was a watershed in the political history of Queensland, Australia, and beyond. It documented widespread corruption, poor governance and maladministration, and recommended reformed systems, institutions and practices, many of which still endure.

In addition to the justice and governance reforms, the report and inquiry served as a catalyst and inspiration to many researchers and practitioners working in these fields.

Read more about the Fitzgerald Inquiry and its impact at The Fitzgerald Legacy: Reforming Public Life in Australia and Beyond.

Scholarship Top-up

The Tony Fitzgerald Scholarship Top-up supports a Doctor of Philosophy student to conduct a three-year research project reflecting the ethos of the Fitzgerald Inquiry. The Scholarship has been awarded twice so far, and the Griffith Criminology Institute now seeks to award a third scholarship, to start in 2019.

The prestigious scholarship contributes to the capacity of our future practitioners and researchers to maintain the Fitzgerald vision - to keep Parliament in its rightful place at the centre of the democratic system but with the law, community and media entrusted with an active role to keep the system honest and open.

The fund has been established with the assistance of our generous donors and sponsors. We would like to acknowledge the following for their support:

  • Premier’s department
  • Pelerman Holdings
  • Honourable Ros Kelly AO and Mr David Morgan

Project Description and Supervision: Applications are sought from prospective students with an interest in topics in keeping with the ethos of the Fitzgerald Inquiry. Relevant topics may include corruption and its prevention, democratic governance, parliamentary reform, police reform, improvements to the justice system, contributions of the media to good governance, or related issues. Candidates from diverse backgrounds, including criminology, law, politics, public policy, journalism/media, justice studies or related areas are encouraged to apply.

A supervision team featuring eminent Griffith academics and led by an outstanding GCI researcher will be matched to the interests of the successful candidate.

Scholarship Funding: The Tony Fitzgerald Scholarship Top-up will be a $6,000 per annum stipend paid in addition to a PhD living allowance awarded as part of an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship, Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship or Griffith University Indigenous Australian Postgraduate Research Scholarship. These Scholarship opportunities each provide a living allowance of approximately $27,082 (2018 rate, indexed annually) per annum, which will be supplemented by the top up scholarship. Tuition Scholarships are also available for international HDR candidates.

Applicants for the Tony Fitzgerald Scholarship must meet the University’s selection criteria for entry into the PhD programme and be awarded a living allowance Scholarship to qualify for the Tony Fitzgerald Scholarship Top-up.

Application Process: Prospective students should in the first instance contact the GCI Director, Professor Janet Ransley (, with their expression of interest in applying for the Tony Fitzgerald Scholarship Top-up (by no later than 14 September 2018). This should include their full CV plus a 2-3 page proposal for the PhD research topic they would like to pursue. Applicants will then need to follow the process for submitting an online Scholarship application (due by 2 October 2018) outlined here.

Other important information: Applicants should be available to start in early 2019 and have the following attributes:

  • An undergraduate degree with Class I Honours (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline (such as criminology, law, politics, public policy, media, journalism, justice studies or similar area).

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Further Information / Application Enquiries

Prof Janet Ransley