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UTS Doctoral Scholarship in Law (Intellectual Property/Legal History/Art History)


$28,594 per annum 

3 years





UTS is offering a PhD scholarship for a candidate interested in Intellectual Property Law, Legal History, Art History, Digital Humanities or any combination of the above. The candidate will be part of an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant Team working on the project Hacking Copyright in the 21st Century: Art, Law, History & Technology. The team will be investigating the tensions that underlie the legal treatment of visual works of art. It will generate software and scholarship that trace the relationship between technology and visual copyright from the 18th century to contemporary regulation of the dissemination of digital image data via digital publishing platforms.

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

• How does copyright law influence the creation of art and the artist as a legal subject?

• How has the digital age transformed traditional relationships between creators of art, collecting institutions and the public?

• Developing software to investigate historical circulation and re-use of imagery in a digital humanities context

The successful applicant will be given research supervision, support and training, and will be expected to be an active member of the ARC Discovery Project team. Depending on the topic, there may be the opportunity for a co-tutelle arrangement with one of the partner institutions (Exeter University or Copenhagen Business School) and/or cross-disciplinary supervision across UTS Faculties.

Who is eligible?

Applicants should

  • have a background degree in either law, history or art history (or combination thereof)
  • 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
  • be accepted into the UTS PhD degree in the Faculty of Law
  • commence the PhD degree program in the year in which the scholarship commences

Selection process

  • Academic merit in previous undergraduate and/or postgraduate study
  • Research and other relevant experience of the applicant (which could include software development depending on the nature of the topic)
  • Quality of the research proposal and its relevance to the ARC Discovery Project

Need more information? Contact...

For further information contact Faculty of Law: Professor Isabella Alexander,, 02 9514 3404.