2020 Francine V McNiff PhD Scholarship in Criminology

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Deadline: 14 Sep 2019

2020 Francine V McNiff PhD Scholarship in Criminology

Job No.: 597441

Location: Clayton campus

Employment type: Full-time

Duration: 3 year 3 month fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: Stipend value of $27,872 per annum tax free stipend (indexed plus allowances), with an additional top up of $5,000 per annum (non-indexed)

For scholarship procedures and conditions, please see: https://www.monash.edu/graduate-research/future-students/scholarships/scholarship-policy-and-procedures

The Opportunity

As a result of the generosity and vision of the late Francine V McNiff, the Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Program in the Faculty of Arts will annually offer the Francine V McNiff PhD Scholarship in Criminology at Monash University.

The late Francine V McNiff, was a Monash alumna (LLB 1976), former staff member, barrister, and the first female Magistrate in Victoria.  Francine was passionate about the study of law and had deep connections with Monash. Scholarships will be awarded annually to up to two PhD applicants.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant(s) must demonstrate academic excellence and provide a sound argument demonstrating that without the award of the scholarship, economically, it would be difficult or impossible to undertake the degree. On average, two scholarships will be provided annually. Scholarships will not be awarded in the case that no applicant meets the criteria. In this case, an extra scholarship/s may be awarded in the following year.

Monash University is the largest university in Australia and regularly ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide. Monash has six globally networked campuses and international alliances in Europe and Asia. The incumbent(s) will be based at the Clayton campus in Melbourne.

The successful candidate will be supervised by researchers in Criminology within the School of Social Sciences. The Criminology program at Monash is internationally renowned, with a strong research culture, led by a dynamic group of researchers. Monash Criminology is distinct in Australia for its consistent success in attracting national and international competitive funding for major research. We are research leaders in global fields of inquiry including gendered violence, technology-facilitated abuse and harassment, migration and border regulation, human trafficking and the exclusion and exploitation of vulnerable populations, with an emerging profile in cybercrime and community crime prevention. 

In addition to the scholarship, research candidates in the Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Program also have access to funding for research trips spanning conferences and major events relevant to their own independent research, as well as other research-related expenses.

Please note: applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered. Current Monash PhD students in the first year (12 months) of candidature (whether pre or post confirmation) will be considered if eligible.

Candidate Requirements

The successful applicant(s) will have an excellent academic track record in Criminology or other relevant disciplines (e.g., Sociology, Law, Political Science, Gender Studies, Psychology and Human Geography).

The successful applicant(s) will be expected to have some familiarity with Francine McNiff, and her pioneering achievements in law and criminology in Victoria. As a McNiff scholarship recipient, the successful applicant(s) may be asked to represent Francine’s legacy, which may include public speaking, attending events, and publishing updates on the research project in media or other outlets during and after the PhD candidature.

Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Arts are available at https://arts.monash.edu/graduate-research/application-process/ .

Candidates will be required to meet Monash admission requirements which include English-language proficiency skills. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full time and on campus.

The successful applicant(s) should identify a project that aligns with the research priorities, direction and expertise of Monash Criminology.

The successful applicant(s) will be expected to enrol by 3 February 2020. However, there may be some flexibility as to the date of commencement.


Enquiries concerning intended topics for research and other academic matters should be directed in the first instance to Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes, Criminology Convener by email: Rebecca.Wickes@monash.edu .

Submit an Expression of Interest

EOIs shall comprise:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s suitability
  • A research proposal not exceeding 750 words in length
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works, conference presentations and relevant work experience
  • A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • Contact details of two academic referees

It is expected that applicants will have been in discussion with Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes prior to submission of the EOI.

EOIs shall be sent, preferably in the form of a single attachment to an e-mail, to Ms Samantha Lee, Senior Graduate Research Administrator, Faculty of Arts, at the following e-mail address: Samantha.Lee@monash.edu .

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel, over Skype if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.

Closing date for receipt of applications:

Saturday 14 September 2019, 11:55 pm AEST


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