Call for applications

Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellowships 2018

Applications are invited from suitably qualified doctoral and early career scholars in international law, history, political theory and related fields to participate in the Laureate Program in International Law at Melbourne Law School during 2018.

The Laureate Program in International Law is funded by the Australian Research Council from 2015 to 2020, and led by Professor Anne Orford.

The Program establishes a new interdisciplinary research team, working on a major project entitled Civil War, Intervention, and International Law. That project addresses one of the most pressing questions in contemporary international law and politics: whether, and if so when, it is lawful for external actors to recruit, train, arm, equip, finance, or intervene militarily in support of parties engaged in a civil war. The Program brings together leading scholars in law and the humanities, world-class early career researchers, and innovative practitioners to develop new methods for evaluating the rapidly changing international law on intervention and to enhance the capacity of international law to respond to major social and political transformations.

The Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellowships are offered annually, and are designed to enable outstanding female doctoral and early career researchers to visit Melbourne Law School and work with the Laureate Program for up to two months. Fellows will be closely integrated into the Laureate program, take part in events and workshops, participate in team meetings, present at work-in-progress seminars, and be invited to participate in the final international conference in 2020. 

Funding of up to $3000 is available for Kathleen Fitzpatrick Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows towards the costs of travel to, and accommodation in, Melbourne.  Visiting fellows from outside Australia are responsible for obtaining and funding any necessary visas.

The funding for the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellowships flows from the awarding of the 2015 Australian Research Council Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship to Professor Orford. The Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship is awarded annually to a highly ranked female recipient of an Australian Laureate Fellowship from the humanities, arts, and social science disciplines. The Fellowships include additional funding for recipients to undertake an ambassadorial role to promote women in research and to mentor early career researchers. More details about this scheme to support women in research is available from the Australian Research Council.       

Application process

Applicants for the Visiting Doctoral Fellowships must be currently enrolled in doctoral study on a topic related to the work of the Laureate Program. Applicants for the Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowships must have been awarded a PhD in a related field within the past eight years.  

Applications must include the following in one PDF document:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement (maximum 1000 words) outlining the applicant’s research and how it would benefit from participation in the Laureate program
  • Proposed dates of the visit in 2018
  • Letter of reference (either as part of the application or sent directly by the referee)

Applications should be addressed to Professor Anne Orford and submitted to:

The closing date for applications is 1 May 2017. Applicants will be advised of the outcome by 1 June 2017.