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Lionel Murphy Postgraduate Scholarships

A number of Australian postgraduate scholarships are awarded annually by the Trustees of the Lionel Murphy Foundation. The precise number to be awarded each year and the method of payment is determined by the Trustees in their absolute discretion. The late Mr Justice Lionel Murphy was one of the few judges of the High Court of Australia who has left his mark on the history of the country.

Important dates

Opens: 1-07-2016 Closes: 30-11-2016

Applies to

Domestic Postgraduate Research Coursework


Amount: $40,000
Frequency: One year only

Eligibility requirements


  • Australian citizen
  • Australian permanent resident visa

Year of study

  • Final year of undergraduate degree
  • Intending to commence a postgraduate degree in science, law or legal studies or other appropriate discipline

Applicant information

  • Scholars are required to give regular interim progress reports and to provide a full report to the Lionel Murphy Foundation on completion of their studies, of their work and other activities undertaken as a Lionel Murphy Scholar
  • All applications must be accompanied by three referees' reports
  • Any scholarships awarded, must be taken in the year for which they are awarded


Preference is given to applicants who propose to study any, or all, of the following:

  • The law and the legal system in a social context and their practical application
  • Science and/or the law as a means of attaining social justice and human rights and as vehicles for change
  • International law as a developing force for peace and as a means of achieving the rule of law in all nations
  • Science as a tool for social benefit, particularly in meeting the needs of those most disadvantaged within society
  • Other disciplines, where the proposed nature and area of study are likely to promote the goals of social justice and benefit for the disadvantaged

More information

The Lionel Murphy Foundation
G.P.O. Box 4545, Sydney NSW 2001
Telephone: (61 2) 9223 4315
Facsimile: (61 2) 9223 5267

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