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The University of Melbourne in Australia is calling for applications for three scholars to undertake a PhD as part of Professor Sundhya Pahuja’s ARC Laureate Program in Global Corporations and International Law.
The PhD scholarships will enable outstanding PhD candidates to join the Laureate team (comprising Professor Pahuja, two post-doctoral fellows, three PhD candidates, local and international visitors, and local and international collaborators) at the Melbourne Law School.
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The Program aims to generate a breakthrough in approaches to the growing challenge to democracy posed by global corporations and to create the world-leading research program and infrastructure on which a better relationship between states and global corporations can be based in the future.
The candidate will propose a suitable topic related to the project and refine it in consultation with their supervisors during the early stages of the candidature.
To be eligible for University of Melbourne Global Corporations and International Law PhD Scholarship, applicants are expected to meet the following conditions:
- Applicants must be eligible for acceptance by the University of Melbourne into a PhD program and the scholarship is conditional upon acceptance into the PhD program. As this Scholarship is hosted by the Melbourne Law School, the applicant will need to meet the entry requirements of the Law School PhD program, and the ARC’s additional requirements for Laureate PhD candidates.
- Applicants must have a prior law degree is relevant but may not be essential, depending on the application, project and other qualifications. By the commencement of the program, applicants must have completed an accredited undergraduate degree with first class or upper second-class honours with equivalent indications of outstanding research ability, or have an outstanding record of professional or research achievements since graduation.
- The ARC requires that Laureate PhDs are enrolled full-time, cannot already have a PhD in Law, and cannot already have received a PhD scholarship from the Australian Government. If you are not sure if you are eligible, you can either submit the documents required for Stage 1 bar the research proposal to Professor Pahuja for an indication of eligibility or submit the Stage 1 documents in full for potential shortlisting (recommended).
The Scholarship Benefits
Successful applicants for Melbourne Law School PhD Scholarship will receive the following benefits:
- Full fee remission for up to 4 years
- Stipend of 35,000 AUD per annum pro rata (full-time study rate) for up to 4 years, and includes limited paid sick, maternity and parenting leave
- Relocation allowance and Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) where relevant
- Research support funds through the Laureate Project for project related travel
As the candidate will be based in Law, they will additionally have access to up to $7500 in research support funds over the course of their candidature. The candidate will also have the opportunity to carry out paid research to support the project, as relevant.
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Other benefits include:
- Extensive mentoring as part of the Laureate Team
- Access to all MLS/University of Melbourne research training initiatives
- A personal workspace in the Law School
How to Apply
The application for this University of Melbourne PhD Scholarship and Fellowship is in two stages;
- Stage 1: In the first instance, applicants should submit the following items to Professor Sundhya Pahuja:
- Full CV (including publications, if any).
- All prior undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts, including full grading scales.
- Information on prior research completed (e.g., Honours thesis, Masters’ thesis, essays longer than about 5,000 words, with titles and abstracts).
- A writing sample of a substantial assessed research paper or thesis by the applicant.
- Research proposal of two pages (maximum); this may be at the general ideas stage, or an expression of interest in an identified area of research set out in the doctoral project section, with some initial thoughts on a particular project.
- Stage 2: If shortlisted, Professor Pahuja will contact applicants, usually with feedback on the initial research proposal, who will then be asked also to provide the following:
- Two referee reportsabout the candidate. To maintain confidentiality, the referee reports are to be sent directly from the referees to Professor Sundhya Pahuja.
- A more substantial research proposal (1,500 to 2,000 words
The Melbourne Law School admissions committee will verify selection for all successful candidates, and may require further documents in due course.
If you have any questions, please contact Professor Sundhya Pahuja with Laureate PhD Enquiry in the subject line.
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