PhD Scholarships, ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, Griffith Uni, Australia

Research Project:

Griffith University is offering two PhD Scholarships (for commencement before end of 2014), to train a new generation of historical researchers in inter-disciplinary approaches to criminal justice.
The two PhD Scholarships will be part of the ARC Laureate Fellowship project team to be led by Professor Mark Finnane. The ‘Prosecution Project’ will investigate the successes, failures and limits of the criminal trial in Australia from the colonial era to the post-war decades. Using the rich resources of Australian archives, it will provide an enduring foundational knowledge of Australian criminal justice in its historical and international context.

The Centre:
The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS) was established in 2007 under the ARC Centre of Excellence special initiative to boost policing and security research capability in Australia. The CEPS extensive network of industry and international partners provides a critical framework for researchers and students to undertake highly innovative, inter-disciplinary and collaborative research internationally and nationally, enriching the research and policy impact and outcomes of research. CEPS research leadership shapes policy and practice reform to strength the security and wellbeing of Australia.

Successful applicants will have an appropriate Honours 1 or high 2A (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in a relevant social sciences or humanities discipline (especially history, law and criminology). The candidate will be enrolled full-time.

The stipend is valued at AUD $29,844 per year (tax free), and an additional $5,000 top-up scholarship – a total of AUD 34,844 per year. The scholarship will be awarded for four years. Research allowance will be made available by the enrolling school. Students can also apply on a competitive basis for additional funds up to AUD $3,000 for conference presentations and approved research activities. Successful international students will be awarded a tuition scholarship and have their international student tuition fee waived.

How to apply:
To apply, begin by consulting the CEPS website and contact Professor Mark Finnane. Applications must be submitted online at

Closing date: Midnight (AEST) 30 April 2014.

For further research project-related enquiries, please contact Professor Mark Finnane on (07) 37351032 or email

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