Early Career Academic Fellowship

Please note: This Fellowship is offered every two years, so the next deadline will be in mid-2020 for commencement in 2021. The information below is indicative only and will be updated as the next deadline approaches.

2019 round key dates

Thursday 9 August 2018

Position description released on University of Melbourne careers website

Thursday 20 September 2018

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


The Fellowship is a position designed to support talented, recent doctoral graduates in any field of law to establish and consolidate their research and teaching careers, by contributing to the intellectually vibrant and research-intensive culture of Melbourne Law School and teaching into one or more of Melbourne Law School’s breadth, JD or MLM programmes.

The Fellowship provides an opportunity for dedicated research time within a supportive and collegial research environment. In addition, a teaching component is an essential part of this position, enabling the development of teaching skills and a teaching portfolio. The successful candidate will receive research, teaching and academic career training and mentoring, designed to equip the candidate for a career as a teaching and research-focused academic at an Australian or international university.

The Fellow will be employed at Level A6 (PhD Entry Level AUD $87,415 p.a.) for three years and will receive an additional $25,000 for project costs over the term of the three-year fellowship. Fellowships must commence employment during the period 1 January to 31 March 2019. In an exceptional case a candidate will be permitted to begin after 31 March but not later than 30 June 2019.

For the current round (commencing in 2019), 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 2014 to 20 September 2018. 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. An exemption for this requirement may be sought for applicants awarded their PhD between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2013 if they experienced a significant research career interruption.

Information for applicants

You will need a strong research agenda and a preparedness to contribute to Melbourne Law School’s teaching programme by teaching two subjects during the three-year Fellowship.

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.

Further information

Ms Mas Generis

Grants Coordinator
Office for Research
Melbourne Law School
Telephone: +61 3 8344 9983
Email: law-research@unimelb.edu.au