Indigenous PhD Law Scholarships at University of New South Wales

  • PHD
  • $43,000+ p/a
  • 30 September 2020

As part of its Indigenous strategy and to ensure UNSW can achieve the mission to Grow our Own, the University has scholarships to help create a pipeline to careers in academia and research. The University aims to increase opportunities for Indigenous research degree candidates to join the UNSW research community through pathway programs to a PhD, funded by scholarships at a minimum of $43,000+ per annum. Each faculty has scholarship opportunities for a range of research programs – from MPhil to PhD.

The Faculty of Law, UNSW Sydney, seeks expressions of interest from Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants with outstanding research potential wishing to pursue a PhD in any area of law. Successful applicants will be nominated by the Faculty for a University funded scholarship.

Ranked as the 14th best Law School in the world, UNSW Law is a dynamic institution, with some of the world’s leading legal academics and a well-established international reputation for research excellence. As a PhD candidate you will join a collegiate community of scholars who are doing path-breaking work across a number of fields, from refugee law to the rule of law, international economic law to indigenous law, private and public law to international law, and from criminology to corporate and commercial law. All of our research places law in its social context and endeavours to explore the relationship between law and social justice.

Our research strengths are underpinned by three longstanding concerns: social justice, technological transformation, and the global dimensions of legal thought and practice. We are seeking applicants who are inspired by and will contribute to our vision and by whom we will, ourselves, be inspired.

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The University of New South Wales is an Australian public research university located in the Sydney suburb of Kensington.

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  • Applicants must be Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders and must not already be enrolled in a PhD program at UNSW or elsewhere.
  • Scholarships are for study on a full-time basis only, unless there are exceptional personal or medical circumstances that require study on a part-time basis for all or part of the PhD program.

All applicants must possess:

  • an undergraduate degree in Law or a related discipline with a minimum Honours Class II, Division (I) that includes a substantial research component (or equivalent); or
  • a postgraduate qualification in Law or a related discipline (including a substantial research component) with an average that equates to a minimum Distinction average at UNSW (75%); or
  • equivalent research or professional experience in law or a related discipline, supported by references and a detailed CV.

Previous research experience, including completion of a research thesis and / or publications will be highly valued.

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The scholarship stipend will be a minimum of $43,000 per annum


Applicants must complete the Expression of Interest Form for the Indigenous PhD Scholarships in Law. Expression of Interest forms are available either by emailing Jenny Jarrett on or to download online:

• Expression of Interest Form

Applicants should attach copies of ALL academic transcripts, relevant publications, a CV, and their research proposal. Details for two academic or professional referees must be provided.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview, which will take place either in person or by Skype or Zoom Conference. Shortlisted applicants may also be asked to produce short pieces of written work or research as part of the selection process.

The Expression of Interest process is separate from the University scholarship and admission processes. Nominated applicants will be required to submit a formal application for admission to the University and to submit a formal scholarship application through the University processes.

Selection will be based on:
a) the applicant’s academic qualifications
b) their written communication skills
c) the quality of their research proposal
d) their research experience and potential as supported by references and a detailed cv
e) the fit between the applicant’s proposal and the research strengths in the Faculty (see: )
f) an interview.

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