Law PhD top-up scholarship for empirical legal research
Monash University
Clayton, Victoria, Australia
6d ago
source : Uni Roles

Job No. : 610872

Location : Clayton campus

Employment Type : Full-time

Duration : 3.5-years fixed-term appointment

Remuneration : $10,000 per year top-up (tax-free stipend)

The opportunity

A PhD top-up scholarship is available in the Faculty of Law at Monash University for an outstanding candidate to undertake empirical research on a project aligned with the research agendas of the Australian Centre for Justice Innovation and Victoria Law Foundation.

The top-up scholarship will provide $10,000 per year for up to 3.5 years of full-time PhD candidature. The successful applicant will be supported to apply for a competitive PhD scholarship through Monash University’s October 2020 scholarship round to fund the student’s stipend ($29,000 per year, tax free).

Award of the top-up scholarship is conditional upon receiving a stipend in the October scholarship round.

The research project will use empirical methods to investigate one or more of the following topics :

  • legal need;
  • legal literacy and capability;
  • access to justice; and
  • community members’ understanding and experiences of legal problems, institutions and systems.
  • The details of the research to be undertaken will be developed through discussion between the successful applicant and their supervisors.

    Victoria Law Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that supports better justice through research, education and grants.

    In its research role the Foundation conducts empirical research to explore the legal and related needs of Victorians. The research is designed to better understand how Victorians experience law and navigate their justice system.

    The Foundation’s research is designed to be policy relevant, and over time, will make a significant contribution to the Victorian justice system.

    The Australian Centre for Justice Innovation (ACJI) is a research centre in the Faculty of Law at Monash University. ACJI conducts high quality research and evaluation to support civil justice policy and practice innovation.

    ACJI’s work builds on the Monash Law Faculty’s strong history of research excellence and promoting social justice. Monash University is the largest university in Australia and regularly ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide.

    Additional benefits

    Additional benefits available to the successful applicant include :

  • expert academic supervision from Monash Law and VLF research leaders;
  • access to research data collected by VLF;
  • development of qualitative and quantitative empirical legal research capabilities;
  • opportunities for engagement with research end-users in the Victorian legal assistance sector; and
  • co-location at VLF’s CBD premises at appropriate times in the course of the research project.
  • Candidate requirements

    The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record in law or another discipline relevant to the proposed research project. They will have :

  • a first-class honours degree, and / or a Master’s degree in a relevant field (for example but not limited to law, socio-legal research, economics, sociology, psychology, public health or health services research);
  • Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency;
  • strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • familiarity and expertise with quantitative data analysis, and / or preparedness to develop these skills; and
  • research and / or practical experience relevant to the research topic
  • Further details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Law are available from here . Successful applicants will be expected to enrol before 1 March 2021.

    However, there may be some flexibility as to the date of commencement. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full-time and on campus.

    Submission of an Expression of Interest

    The expression of interest should comprise :

  • a cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant's suitability for and interest in the PhD opportunity;
  • a curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works;
  • a full statement of academic record, supported by copies of relevant certified transcripts; and
  • contact details for two referees (preferably academic).
  • EOIs should be submitted via email to law-graduate-research , preferably in the form of a single PDF attachment to an email .


    Enquiries concerning this opportunity and the research project should be directed in the first instance to Associate Professor Genevieve Grant : genevieve.grant .

    Enquiries concerning the expression of interest process should be directed to Ms Jintana Kurosawa : jintana.kurosawa .

    Closing Date :

    Thursday 1 October 2020, 11.55 pm AEST


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