PhD Scholarship

Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship to undertake a higher degree by research and join Professor Adrienne Stone’s Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship Program in Comparative Constitutional Law.    The program is establishing an interdisciplinary research team based at Melbourne Law School and is supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) from 2016 to 2021. Successful candidates must commence the scholarship in February 2018.

Graduate research projects

Candidates’ research proposals should identify an innovative research question relevant to the themes of the Laureate Project.  Projects may wish to focus on questions of constitutional design including novel constitutional forms such as constitutional statutes, directive principles and non-binding declarations of constitutional principles. Alternatively, projects may focus on methods of constitutional reasoning or may identify a political or legal challenge such as developing constitutional responses to diversity (religious, cultural, linguistic or ideological).  Proposals on related questions will also be considered. Projects should identify the contribution the project will make to existing understandings. Projects should be focused on constitutional law or design, be comparative in scope, and be framed with careful attention to the question of comparative methodology.

Stipend and benefits

Scholarship recipients undertaking research through the Laureate Program will be awarded an annual stipend of AUD$34,682 (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 and conference attendance. The scholarship is available for a maximum period of four years, with no 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 to study at the University of Melbourne.

Limited paid sick, maternity and parental leave is available.


Eligible applicants must:

  1. have an Honours 1 or high 2A (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in law;
  2. be available to undertake research full-time;
  3. not be receiving similar funding or stipend from another Commonwealth programme;
  4. not have completed a degree at the same   level or at a higher level in the same field of endeavour;
  5. not have previously held a Research Training Program Scholarship (RTPS), Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or Australian Postgraduate Award Industry (APAI) unless it was terminated within the first six months of the earlier award.

Commencement of candidature

Successful candidates must commence the scholarship in February 2018.

To apply

Applications for the Laureate PhD Scholarship must be submitted with clearly identified titles as listed below, and include the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • All prior undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts
  • Research proposal (maximum 2,000 words)
  • Statement outlining reasons for seeking to participate in the Laureate program (maximum 250 words)
  • Information on prior research completed (e.g. Honours thesis, Masters thesis).

Further, to maintain confidentiality two referee reports are to be sent directly from the referees to and must be received by the application close date.

Address the application to Professor Adrienne Stone, and submit it to

Important Dates

7 Nov 2017Application submission opens
19 Nov 2017 at 11:59 pmApplication submission closes
23 Nov 2017Shortlisted applicants advised
24 - 27 Nov 2017Interviews in person or by video conferencing, e.g. Skype,
with Professor Stone and nominated co-supervisor/s.  Note: due to the
short timeframes, candidates must be available for interview over these dates,
that includes a weekend. 
4 Dec 2017Due date for the successful applicant to submit the
University of Melbourne Graduate Research Application Form
Mid-Feb 2017Candidature commences; date to be negotiated
19 February 2017Orientation


Direct enquiries about the application process to:

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