Thursday, March 17, 2011

Visiting Scholar Program of the Melbourne Law School


The Melbourne Law School welcomes applications from academics who want to carry out research as visiting scholars at the University of Melbourne. Visitors participate in and enrich the research-intensive and vibrant communal life of the Law School.

We receive many applications from prospective visitors; unfortunately not all can be accommodated.

Visits may be as short as one week or as long as six months (in exceptional cases, one year visits may be possible, in particular for visitors holding externally funded Fellowships).

Visiting scholars are generally provided with a library carrel or office, desktop computer and library access while based at the Law School, subject to availability.

Visitors join in the academic life of the Law School, including seminars, public lectures and our Collegial Conversations series. Unfortunately, visiting scholars are not able to attend Law School classes unless the appropriate fee is paid.

Melbourne Law School is generally unable to facilitate visits by PhD students from other institutions. However, some places may be available for students studying at the ATLAS partner universities and other universities with which Melbourne has a formal PhD candidate exchange arrangement.

Application process

To apply, send the following documents by email to

1. A completed application form

2. A research proposal (one or two pages) that sets out the research project that will be carried out during the visit and details any planned collaboration with Melbourne Law School academic staff and Research Centres and Institutes

3. A brief curriculum vitae that includes details of academic employment, qualifications and publications

Applications should usually be submitted at least six months before the proposed start of the visit (especially if a visa to enter Australia will be required or if the proposed visit is longer that one month).

To be considered in the usual cycle, applications should be received by 1 February, 1 May, 1 August or 1 November each year. It may not be possible to consider applications out of cycle.

Applicants will be notified as soon as possible after a decision is reached. Any further information that is required to implement the decision (or to sponsor a Visiting Academic visa or other visa) will be sought at this point.

Visiting Scholar Guidelines

Melbourne Law School considers the following criteria when assessing applications from visitors:

1. The applicant's research history

2. The applicant's home institution - the Law School seeks to deepen its existing research linkages through visits from scholars based at Law Schools with which it has relationships

3. The applicant's commitment to the visit if it is approved

4. The applicant's proposed research project - including any links with research being carried out in the Law School and potential contribution to the intellectual life of the Law School through seminars or workshops

5. Support from Melbourne Law School academic staff and Research Centres or Institutes for the visit

6. The dates of the proposed visit - it is usually easier for the Law School to accommodate short visits, although longer periods may be possible for distinguished visitors or visitors who are making a major contribution to Law School research

7. The capacity of the Law School's facilities and library to support the applicant's research needs

8. The applicant's English language proficiency

Visa information

International visitors will usually require a visa to enter Australia. It is the visitor's responsibility to obtain an appropriate visa. It may take several months to obtain a visa; it is therefore important to lodge the visitor application (and if approved, the visa application) early.

The University is an approved sponsor for Visiting Academic Visas. The Law School will, on provision of relevant information, sponsor Visiting Academic Visa applications by approved visitors.

Further information

For further information about the visiting scholar program, please contact Jessica Sullivan, Melbourne Law School Academic Support Unit,

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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