Call for Applications

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellowships in the
Laureate Program in Comparative Constitutional Law

Applications are invited from suitably qualified female doctoral and early career scholars to participate in the Laureate Program in Comparative Constitutional Law at Melbourne Law School during 2020.


Professor Adrienne Stone is the holder of a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship awarded by the Australian Research Council from 2016 – 2021. The purpose of the award is to establish a world-class, capacity building center for comparative constitutional law at Melbourne Law School known as the Laureate Project on Comparative Constitutional Law.  Further, recipients of the award are funded to undertake an ambassadorial role to promote women in research.

Within the project, the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellowships support outstanding female researchers to build the Project’s research capacity, undertake innovative research programs and mentor early career researchers. As such, the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellowships allow outstanding female doctoral and early career researchers the opportunity to visit Melbourne and work with the program for one to two months each year.

The Fellows will be closely integrated into the Laureate Project and the academic life of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, taking part in project events and workshops, and participating in work-in-progress seminars. The Melbourne Institute for Comparative Constitutional Law conference will be held in Melbourne, 2 - 4  December 2020, and applicants are encouraged to consider timing their proposed program to include this event.


Funding of up to AUD$4,000 will be considered for the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow, towards the costs of travel and accommodation in Melbourne and reimbursed at the end of the visit). Visiting fellows from outside Australia are responsible for obtaining and funding any necessary visas.

Application Criteria

Applicants for the Doctoral Visiting Fellowships must be currently enrolled in doctoral study on a topic related to the work of the Laureate Program.

Applicants for the Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowships must have been awarded a PhD in a related field within the past ten years.


The Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellowship in the Laureate Program in Comparative Constitutional Law is offered for a period of four to eight weeks duration during the timeframes on offer. The dates for 2020 offer the best program of activities at Melbourne Law School. Except in exceptional circumstances the Fellowship timeframes for 2020 are 20 July – 10 September 2020  OR 13 October – 4 December 2020.

Required Information

  • Curriculum vitae (underline your last name)
  • Research Statement (maximum 1000 words)
  • Reasons seeking to participate in the Laureate program. (maximum 200 words).
  • Proposed dates of the visit in 2020.
  • How you meet the application criteria:
    - For Doctoral applicants, include the start date and name of the particular doctoral study you are undertaking and the University affiliation. - For Postdoctoral applicants, include the date that the PhD in a related field was completed, the University affiliation.
  • Two letters of reference (to be sent directly from the referees – see below for more detail)

Application Format

  1. On each page, include your title, full name (underline your last name) and contact details
  2. Create a separate page for each of the following headings: Curriculum Vitae, Research Statement, Reasons to Participate, Proposed Visit Dates in 2019, and Meeting the Application Criteria.
  3. Include a page number in consecutive order on all pages.
  4. Submit the required information in one email in PDF format (excluding referees).
  5. To maintain confidentiality two referee reports are to be sent directly from the referees to and must be received by the submission close date.
  6. Address the application to Professor Adrienne Stone, and submit with attachments in PDF format, to

    Only applications that follow the format requirement and provide the required information will be considered for the Fellowship.

Important Dates

Applications  Open: Thursday 20 June 2019
Applications Close:  Sunday 13 October 2019
Outcome advised:    Wednesday 23 October 2019