PhD scholarship to join the Women, Listening and Law Project

The Project

The Women, Listening and Law project is pleased to offer a PhD scholarship to investigate the women, listening and law reform.  As part of this project, you will contribute to the investigation of how the legal system listens (and should listen) to women in law and policy reform processes. You may design the focus and methods of your project in consultation with your supervisors (Professor Nan Seuffert, Professor Cassandra Sharp and Dr Sarah Ailwood). We particularly welcome proposals seeking to investigate voice and listening in relation to young women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women (who have most consistently and persistently called for listening in law reform processes), culturally and linguistically diverse women, or another diverse group of women. 

The Legal Intersections Research Centre highly values interdisciplinary research, and we would welcome proposals from candidates with a socio-legal, law and humanities or other cross-disciplinary approach. You will have the option of building on methods already developed in the larger project, or drawing on other methods of your choosing.


You should have an LLB or JD, or a Masters in Law. Completion of a thesis at Honours or Masters level, or equivalent professional research experience, is highly desirable. Candidates from diverse backgrounds, or with experience working with disadvantaged groups, are especially encouraged to apply. You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident and willing/able to attend on the main campus at the University of Wollongong as needed.

Scholarship value

The Scholarship consists of a stipend of $29, 863 per annum, indexed for inflation, for 3.5 years, together with a full fee waiver.

How to Apply

Please send the following to Professor Cassandra Sharp: ([email protected]):

  1. A one-page summary of the topic you propose to pursue
  2. A current curriculum vitae and
  3. A short (maximum one page) statement on why you should receive the scholarship

The Deadline for Applications is 21 September, 2023.

We will set up a call with shortlisted candidates between 23 and 27 September, 2023.

Please note that the selected candidate will be required to apply to do a PhD at the University of Wollongong by 3 October. Assistance with this process will be available.

Should you have any questions, or if you would like to discuss a potential project with us, we are very happy to do so. Please contact Cassandra Sharp in advance of 21 September, 2023.


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