PhD Scholarship in the Law of the Sea


The Faculty of Law, UNSW Sydney, wishes to offer a PhD Scholarship to support a student with outstanding research potential in the Law of the Sea. It is intended that the successful applicant will commence their studies in Term 2 or 3 of 2020. The Scholarship is to support a specific Faculty member and their projects (see details below). 


29 May 2020, by 10 am (AEST)


The stipendiary component of the scholarship shall be equivalent to the value of the yearly RTP Scholarship rate (for 2020, this rate is AUD $28,092 p.a.), together with Faculty top-up (AUD $5,000 p.a.). 

Where an international applicant is selected for a Scholarship, the Faculty will support an application for a Tuition Fee Scholarship (TFS) to meet the cost of international tuition fees, provided the applicant meets the criteria for the award of a TFS. The award of the Scholarship will be conditional on the award of the TFS.


Up to 3.5 years, subject to satisfactory progress.


Applicants may be Australian citizens, permanent residents or international.

Students currently enrolled in or holding an offer to commence a full-time PhD in the UNSW Faculty of Law in 2020 may apply, provided that, by the application deadline, they shall have been enrolled for no longer than twelve months and they are not already holding or have been offered a scholarship for study at UNSW.

The Scholarship is for study on a full-time basis only, unless there are exceptional personal or medical circumstances that would require study on a part-time basis for all or part of the PhD program. This Scholarship is not open to students already enrolled in a PhD program elsewhere.

Residency requirement

An international candidate would likely need to start on a remote basis in T3 2020 and possibly into 2021 depending on COVID-19 travel restrictions and would be required to have an appropriate student visa in place before commencing. The student would then be expected to relocate to Sydney as soon as possible once travel restrictions are lifted. 

If necessary, a domestic candidate is also able to commence their candidature on a remote basis in T2 or T3 2020 but would be expected to relocate to Sydney as soon as possible once travel restrictions are lifted.

Once relocated, applicants must pursue their PhD research in Sydney.  External study is not permitted. The Law Faculty reserves the right to discontinue the Scholarship in the event that the successful applicant ceases to be resident in Sydney.

International applicants are responsible for securing any necessary visas to enable study based in Sydney.

Selection criteria

All applicants must possess:
•an undergraduate degree in Law or a related discipline at a 2i) honours level (or equivalent); or 
•a postgraduate qualification in Law or a related discipline with an average that equates to a Distinction average at UNSW (75%); or
•equivalent research or professional experience, supported by references and a detailed CV.

International applicants must also meet UNSW English language requirements.

Previous research experience, including completion of a research thesis and / or publications is strongly encouraged.
Selection will be based on (a) the applicant’s academic qualifications, (b) the quality of their research proposal, (c) the applicant’s prior research experience and potential, (d) the fit between the proposal and the focus areas of the Scholarship. 

Details of Available Scholarship

This PhD scholarship is available to participate in a project, led by Professor Natalie Klein, addressing the enhancement of maritime security through informal lawmaking. Proposals would be particularly welcome considering informal lawmaking in different areas of the law of the sea. Preference will be given to proposals that have a multilateral or regional perspective rather than focusing on the law and policy of one particular country. Multidisciplinary perspectives on the issues being assessed are encouraged.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete the Application Form for the Law of the Sea PhD Scholarship. Application forms are available either by emailing Jenny Jarrett on or to download online:

Application Form

Applicants should also attach copies of ALL academic transcripts, including for programs started but not completed, relevant publications, a CV, and their research proposal. Details for two academic or professional referees must be provided (referees will be contacted only if an applicant is being considered for shortlisting).

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview, which will take place either in person (preferable) or by Skype/telephone. Shortlisted applicants may also be asked to produce short pieces of written work or research as part of the selection process.

The Scholarship application process is separate from applying for admission to UNSW. Successful applicants will then be expected to complete the formal admission process and, if an international applicant, to apply for a TFS in the normal scholarship rounds.

Submission of Application:

Please email completed applications with ‘Law of the Sea PhD Scholarship Application’ in the subject line to:

Dr Jenny Jarrett
HDR Officer
UNSW Sydney, Faculty of Law

For further enquiries, please contact:

Professor Natalie Klein
UNSW Sydney, Faculty of Law