Scholarship details

Study levels

Postgraduate and Research

Student type

Future students

Study area

Law and justice

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance

Application dates

Applications close
1 March 2021

What you'll receive

This scholarship provides an opportunity for PhD research into regulation of voluntary assisted dying.

The PhDs are part of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship project and you would work with the Future Fellow, Professor Ben White, and an international team of end-of-life scholars. You would also be part of QUT’s Australian Centre for Health Law Research.

You will receive:

  • a living allowance for three years, indexed annually ($28,597 in 2021). The scholarship is tax exempt for full-time students and can be used to support living costs.


To be eligible for this scholarship, you will need to meet the entry requirements for a PhD.

The project is an interdisciplinary one. Although based in the Law Faculty, applications will be considered from other disciplines including regulation, social science, bioethics and health/public policy.

Due to Covid-19, this scholarship is available for future domestic students, or future international students who already in, or are able to travel to Australia.

How to apply

You should contact Professor Ben White ( to discuss your application prior to submission.

Submit your scholarship application by email to by 1 March 2021.

Your scholarship application must include:

  • a cover letter
  • an up-to-date CV
  • full academic transcript
  • a sample of academic or research writing that you have produced
  • details of three referees (email, address, contact number).

If you have not already applied for admission, you must have submitted your Expression of Interest by 1 March 2021. Follow our step-by-step guide to apply for a research degree.

What happens next?

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. You must meet QUT’s language requirements. The provision of a scholarship is conditional on successful application and admission to the PhD course.

Applicants will be assessed against the Faculty of Law’s scholarship criteria, namely:  

Criteria 1 Academic excellence exceeding the minimum required for entry
Criteria 2 Research or professional experience reflecting outstanding research skills and/or high quality publications
Criteria 3 Quality of research proposal
Criteria 4 Strategic alignment with faculty research strengths and priorities

As noted above, the project is an interdisciplinary one. Applications will be considered from a range of disciplines but grounding in law and/or regulation is highly desirable.

Unsuccessful applicants will be notified in due course. Eligibility for admission to a research degree is determined by the Graduate Research Centre.


The conditions for retaining the scholarship are set out in the rules of the QUT Postgraduate Research Award (Domestic) or QUT Postgraduate Research Award (International).

About the scholarship

This PhD scholarship is part of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship project. The project will explore the regulation of voluntary assisted dying as a new and important aspect of end-of-life decision-making and propose a novel optimal regulatory framework for Australia.

The project includes comparative case studies of regulation in Canada and Belgium (where voluntary assisted dying has been lawful for longer periods). More information about the project and research team is available here:

The Australian Centre for Health Law Research is Australia’s largest group of health law researchers. ACHLR conducts interdisciplinary and innovative research at the intersection of law, health, ethics, and policy. We aim to generate new knowledge to inform reforms to law, policy and practice.

We offer a vibrant research culture and a strong focus on collaborative interdisciplinary projects in cutting-edge areas of health law research. Our supervisory approach emphasises: good communication; supervisory teams with a combination of relevant experience, expertise and skills; and a supportive and inclusive research culture where our students are encouraged to participate in ACHLR activities and events.

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