PhD Top Up Grant

The University of Wollongong’s School of Law offers a rich research environment, contributing expertise to national debates and delivering research outcomes that are rated as above world standard by the Australian Research Council. The School of Law is home to the Legal Intersections Research Centre (LIRC), a recognised leader in interdisciplinary and applied legal research, with an excellent track record for the research training of PhD candidates as well as to the Transnational Law and Policy Centre, boldly tackling the challenges presented through the UN SDGs to embrace and drive change through global networks.

To support an exceptional PhD candidate in commencing their research career at UOW Law, we are offering a top up grant of up to $10,000pa for three years in the priority area of criminal justice and issues relating to intoxication including alcohol and drug-related violence, anti-social behaviour and other forms of offending.

The Strategic PhD Top Up Grant will be awarded to a high quality PhD applicant in conjunction with a successful application for a full PhD scholarship such as an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), University Postgraduate Award (UPA) or International Postgraduate Tuition Award (IPTA). For more information on applying for HDR scholarships at UOW refer to the Graduate Research School.

Research supervision and topics

The successful candidate will be supervised by Professor Julia Quilter, a leading Australian researcher on criminal law and justice responses to alcohol and drug-related offending. In 2016 she was recognised as one of UOW’s Women of Impact for her research on criminal law, intoxication and ‘one punch’ fatalities.

One of Professor Quilter’s most widely read articles is available to read online via the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy.

To discuss this opportunity, please contact Professor Julia Quilter at:

Eligibility and application details

The scholarship is for three and a half (3.5) years full-time with a stipend of $AUD 26,288* per annum (tax free and indexed annually). The Strategic PhD Top Up Grant is up to $10,000pa for three years.

PhD scholarship applicants should have:

  • first-class honours, Masters degree by research or a Masters degree by coursework with a significant research component
  • additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes will be regarded favourably

Applicants should submit:

  • a cover letter detailing relevant experience, your CV and academic transcripts via 
  • a Higher Degree Research (HDR) admission and scholarship application. Include your academic transcript, copy of your passport or birth certificate and an outline of your proposed research project.

Both domestic and international prospective students are encouraged to apply.

The Strategic PhD Top Up Grant recipient will be announced after the outcomes for main round scholarship applications.

*Amount based on 2016 figures

Applications close: 5pm, 17 October 2018