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UTS Doctoral Scholarship in Law (Indigenous legal issues and methods/ Penology/ Criminal Law and Procedure)


$26,694 per annum over 3 years





UTS is offering a scholarship for a candidate interested in Indigenous issues in penology, especially the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the criminal justice system. The candidate will be part of an Australian Research Council Linkage Project team that will undertake a trial of Indigenous-curated sentencing reports for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Koori and Murri courts. The research-in-action approach will be supported by case work and an Indigenous-led evaluative model. Data will be collected through court observation, interviews and the reports themselves.

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

- Indigenous women’s needs in the criminal justice system

- Self-determining support mechanisms for Indigenous women in the criminal justice system

- Evaluation models for the impact of self-determined programs and initiatives for Indigenous women in the criminal justice system

- Barriers and enablers to Indigenous women’s needs being met in the criminal justice system and post-criminal justice interventions

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

Applicants for the scholarship must also apply and be admitted to the PhD degree at UTS. Deadline 30 September 2019.

Applications for this scholarship must be submitted by 30 September 2019 for commencement in Autumn session (January 2020).

Who is eligible?

Applicants should:

  • have a background in law, ideally in Indigenous legal issues, Indigenous methodologies, Criminology and criminal law and procedure;
  • 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; and
  • be accepted into a UTS PhD degree in the Faculty of Law commence the PhD degree program in the year in which the scholarship commences.

Selection process

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • 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; and
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants preferred.

Need more information? Contact...

Associate Professor Thalia Anthony

Faculty of Law

02 9514 9665

Other information

The successful candidate will be awarded $26,694 per annum over 3 years. All scholarships at UTS are dependent upon ongoing satisfactory academic progress.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students will be eligible to a scholarship top-up from Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research.