MLS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

This page is intended for early career researchers who do not currently hold a continuing academic appointment at the University of Melbourne.

If you are a current Melbourne Law School academic, please see the Funding and grants section on the MLS staff intranet.

Applications for the 2018 round have now closed.
The key dates and information for the 2019 round will be available by April-May 2018.
In the meantime, please refer to the 2018 round details below as an indicative guide

2018 round key dates

Friday 26 May 2017

Position description released on University of Melbourne careers website

Sunday 16 July 2017

Applications close at 11.55pm (AEST) (submitted online through Careers at Melbourne)


The MLS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is designed to support talented, recent doctoral graduates in law to establish and consolidate their research careers and contribute to the intellectually vibrant and research-intensive culture of Melbourne Law School. The Fellowship provides an opportunity for dedicated research time within a supportive and collegial research environment. In addition, a small teaching component is an essential part of this program, thereby enabling the development of teaching skills and a teaching portfolio. The program provides research, teaching and academic career mentoring, and is designed to nurture the most promising early career researchers in any area of law.

This two-year Fellowship commences at Level A6 in the University Salary Band (approximately $87,000 per annum) plus superannuation.

For the current round (commencing in 2018), applicants must have graduated or met all the requirements to graduate with a PhD in Law from any university, including The University of Melbourne, during the period 1 January 2015 to 16 July 2017. The PhD completion date is considered to be the date of the official notification letter, i.e. your PhD must be verified as complete by the awarding institution. If you have not yet submitted your PhD, or it is still under examination, you are not eligible to apply in this round.

Information for applicants

Due to the high level of interest in these Fellowships, please note we do not expect or require prospective applicants to make contact with Melbourne Law School academics before they apply. We do not expect or require Melbourne Law School academics to assist applicants with their research proposal.

Please also note there is no need to submit additional materials beyond those requested in the application package (completed application, CV, evidence of the award of your PhD, including date of award, and cover letter).

Further information

Ms Mas Generis

Grants Coordinator
Office for Research
Melbourne Law School
Telephone: +61 3 8344 9983

Please direct any queries to Melbourne Law School's Office for Research, not to current MLS Postdoctoral Fellows. Office for Research staff are unable to assist you with your research proposal.