Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness PhD Scholarship

at University of Melbourne

The Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness at Melbourne Law School welcomes applications from suitably qualified scholars for a place in the Melbourne Law School’s PhD program for commencement in 2020. The successful candidate will be embedded in the Centre on Statelessness and benefit from a research intensive and collegial environment. The candidate will be expected to take part in the life of the Centre, and attend seminars, workshops, and reading groups. Melbourne Law School offers a collegial environment for PhD students, including a comprehensive orientation program, a weekly Research Support Program, three graduate research colloquia per year and an active Graduate Students Association. Involvement in the University of Melbourne’s interdisciplinary PhD program in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies provides another support network in a multi-disciplinary environment. Successful candidates may also apply for a competitive MLS Teaching Fellowship, which includes teacher training and mentoring, teaching and administrative experience.


Research proposals should identify an innovative research question relevant to the themes of the Centre on Statelessness. The work of the Centre encompasses a wide range of research methodologies, and proposals may outline conventional legal techniques of analysis, propose theoretical projects or projects based on empirical study (or a combination of these methods). Interdisciplinary project proposals are welcome. Proposals are invited on a wide range of topics including (but not limited to) issues around the right to nationality at international law, domestic nationality laws and deprivation of citizenship, legal identity, the risk of statelessness, and/or human rights issues connected with the causes and ramifications of statelessness.


Scholarship recipients undertaking a doctoral degree at the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness will be awarded:

  • Full fee offset for up to four years
  • An annual stipend of AUD $30,600 (tax free) (2019 full-time study rate). The scholarship is available for a maximum period of 3.5 years, with no further extensions possible. The living allowance may be indexed annually and includes limited paid sick, maternity and parenting leave.
  • 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.
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) Single Membership for international students who require a student visa to study in Australia

Furthermore, scholarship recipients will be eligible to apply for up to AUD $4,000 project funding over the course of their candidature for approved travel, fieldwork and conference attendance.


Eligible applicants must:

  • have completed tertiary studies that are at least equivalent to a 4-year honours degree with a minimum result equivalent to a first class Honours (80%) or an equivalent level of academic attainment as demonstrated by a high 2A undergraduate degree combined with relevant work experience, research publications, referees’ reports or other research experience.
  • be available to undertake research full-time in Melbourne.
  • have not completed a PhD previously.
  • be able to commence their PhD between July and November 2020.
  • comply with the University's minimum entry requirements including English language requirements.

Full application details, terms and conditions and guidelines.

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