How to apply


Melbourne Law School aims to admit outstanding graduates from a wide variety of countries and to provide them with a world class experience in undertaking a graduate research degree.

Graduate research degree places at Melbourne Law School are very competitive and only approximately 15 applicants are accepted each year.

Selection Criteria

All applications for graduate research at Melbourne Law School must comply with the University's Graduate Research Degrees entry requirements including English language requirements. In addition, selection will be based on factors including:

  • Academic record (particularly tertiary grades and class ranking)
  • Relevant research experience (e.g. dissertation) and professional experience
  • Relevant scholarly publications, if any
  • Academic references
  • Development of an original research proposal reflecting knowledge and understanding of the relevant field and providing a feasible framework for the thesis
  • Availability and support of appropriate supervisors (who will be contacted by the Law School's Office for Research during the application process, though you are also welcome to contact any academics who you think would be suitable to supervise your topic)
  • Capacity to complete the degree, including residency requirements and hours available to devote to the degree
  • Significance and relevance of the graduate research study proposed in relation to the overall career goals or aspirations of the applicant.

MLS Graduate Research Scholarship Allocation Process

MLS has responsibility for allocating Research Training Program Scholarships (RTPS) and Melbourne Research Scholarships (MRS). These scholarships are allocated by the Graduate Research Degree Selection Committee (comprising the three Graduate Research Coordinators and the Associate Dean (Research)) and are awarded in the form of a competitive allocation process. In order to achieve this principle for allocating scholarships, MLS adheres to the basic eligibility requirements set by the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Research).

PhD Scholarship for an Indigenous PhD Student

Melbourne Law School offers one dedicated PhD scholarship per year to support an Indigenous student who is admitted to the PhD Program.

The recipient will also receive a top-up scholarship of $10 000 per annum.

If you are eligible for this scholarship, please ensure the ‘Cultural Details’ section on the Graduate Research Application Form is completed with the appropriate information.

Selection Round Deadlines

Applications will be assessed in four rounds for entry into the 2020 program. Complete applications must be received by the following deadlines for consideration in that round.

We will endeavour to advise you of the outcome of your application eight to twelve weeks after the round deadline by which your completed application has been received.

Round 1
15 February 2019
Round 2
12 April 2019
Round 3
16 August 2019
Round 4
11 October 2019


Applicants may apply for selection in one round only each calendar year. Applicants are encouraged to apply after they have all relevant material and information, including grades from recent studies and the outcome of any submissions of publications or proposals to journals or publishers.

Submit an Application and Research proposal