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UTS Doctoral Scholarship in Law (Health/Elder Law)


$27,596 (2019 RTPS rate, indexed)

3 years





UTS is offering a scholarship for a candidate interested in interdisciplinary and empirical research in law, health and ageing. The candidate will be part of an Australian Research Council Discovery Project team that will undertake a randomised controlled trial of a community action intervention to promote advance personal planning (APP) among older adults in regional New South Wales. APP is a process by which people consider, discuss and document their values, wishes and preferences about future financial, health and personal matters, in case they later experience periodic, temporary or permanent loss of capacity. APP typically involves making legal instruments, such as enduring power of attorney and enduring guardian appointments, advance care directives, and wills. The community action approach will involve strategies to join up legal, healthcare and other services in communities to support older people to engage in APP. Data will be collected from older people, healthcare providers and legal professionals to measure the processes and outcomes of the community action intervention.

Within the context of this project, doctoral research may investigate topics such as:

- lawyers’ knowledge, skills and capabilities to support older clients to engage in APP

- the lawyer-client relationship in the context of APP, including analysis of documents and communication strategies

- barriers and enablers to collaboration across legal and health professions in the context of APP

- comparison of legal and health practitioners’ view and practices, eg, in relation to capacity assessment and professional ethical responsibilities

- the impact of legal-health collaboration on lawyers’ knowledge, attitudes and practices

- strategies to support older people and their legally appointed representatives to understand their rights and duties

Who is eligible?

Applicants should

  • have a background in law, ideally in health and/or elder law
  • commence the PhD degree program in the year in which the scholarship commences
  • be accepted into a UTS PhD degree in the Faculty of Law
  • have completed a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division 1), or be regarded by the University as having an equivalent level of attainment

Selection process


The faculty will consider

  • Academic merit in previous undergraduate and/or postgraduate study 
  • Research and other relevant experience of the applicant, especially experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Quality of the research proposal and its relevance to the ARC Discovery Project

The successful applicant will be given research supervision, support and training, and will be expected to be an active member of the Discovery Project team.

Need more information? Contact...

Faculty of Law: Associate Professor Nola Ries,, 0405 080 348

Other information

All Law Graduate Research applicants participate in a faculty specific pre-assessment process before applying to the UTS Graduate Research School for admission into higher degrees by research at UTS.

Click here for instructions about the Faculty of Law’s Pre-assessment Process. In brief, applicants must submit a cover letter, academic transcripts, a resume, and a brief description of their proposed research topic and its fit with the ARC Discovery Project.

Pre-assessment documents must be submitted to by 15 April 2019. Based on the selection criteria noted above, applicants will be notified whether to proceed to submitting a full application to the UTS Graduate Research School.

Applicants will likely be disadvantaged without pre-assessment approval.