James and Valerie McNiff Scholarship


PhD Top-Up Scholarship


  • Applications open: Monday 15 July 2019
  • Applications close: Friday 16 August 2019 by 12pm (midday)
  1. The purpose of the James and Valerie McNiff Scholarship is to promote and support graduate research study in the area of medical jurisprudence.
  2. One full-time graduate reseacher will be awarded the top-up stipend scholarship valued at $15,000, which will be paid in fortnightly instalments.
  3. This top-up scholarship is made possible by a gift from the late Francine Valerie McNiff. The donor became the first female judicial officer to be appointed to a Victorian court when se was appointed to the Children's Court in 1983. A criminal law barrister, she wrote various books and lectured, and was considered to be an authority on the Children's Court. The donation memorialises the donor's parents, the late James William McNiff and Edna Valerie Mainwaring McNiff.
  1. The James and Valerie McNiff Scholarship is to be awarded to an Australian citizen or permanent resident, who is a candidate for a research higher degree, and enrolled on a full-time basis.
  2. The applicant must be researching in the area of medical jurisprudence and in need of financial assistance. Preference is given to commencing students and current, and enrolled students who must have at least 12 months (full-time equivalent) of candidature remaining.
  3. Applicants who wish to be considered for the James and Valerie McNiff Scholarship are required to submit a four-page application (maximum) to the Office for Research by email which sets out:
    1. an application of two pages maximum including current PhD thesis topic and abstract
    2. outline of progress on the thesis to date
    3. an email of support from your principal supervisor; and
    4. a statement demonstrating your need for financial assistance.

For further information:

Office for Research
Phone: +61 3 8344 8946
Email: law-research@unimelb.edu.au