PhD Award

Celebrating research excellence by PhD students

The ALRA PhD Award focuses on the starting point of the contemporary academic pathway, celebrating excellence in doctoral studies. The objective of this Award is to recognise research excellence in doctoral studies by candidates who have been awarded a PhD in Law from an Australian university.

The recipient of the PhD Award will receive a $1000 prize and an award certificate. The 2022 Awards will be awarded at the annual conference of the Australasian Law Academics Association (‘AALA’).


How and when to apply

Applications for the 2022 ALRA PhD Award are due by close of business on Wednesday 2 March 2022. For applications to be considered:

  1. an Applicant application form must be completed. Click through to the form to view it beforehand.
  2. applicants will receive an email confirming submission and containing their application answers. They must forward this confirmation email to their ADR to enable their ADR to complete the ADR nomination form.
  3. an ADR nomination form must be completed
  4. a PDF copy of the respective PhD thesis be sent to applications@legalawardsaustralia.com.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for the 2020 ALRA PhD Award, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. The subject matter of the PhD must be at least 66% within Field of Research code 48 (Law and Legal Studies) as assessed by the relevant institution in accordance with ARC guidelines.
  2. The applicant must have been a PhD candidate at an CALD member Law School (or equivalent).
  3. The applicant must have been awarded their PhD at an Australian university – normally in the 12 months preceding the application date – but due to COVID interruptions for the 2022 Award, the PhD must have been awarded between 18 March 2020 and 3 March 2022.
  4. A PhD can be nominated only once.
  5. Nominations must include all examiners’ written reports.
  6. An applicant can only apply in one category.

The final determination of any eligibility shall be assessed by the relevant Award Panel for the given award.


Application and nomination process

The application for the 2020 ALRA PhD Award must be accompanied by an application form:

  1. confirming that the application complies with the above eligibility requirements;
  2. summarising the work, and outlining its significance and contribution to the relevant legal discipline; and
  3. outlining why this work represents an outstanding example of legal scholarship, such that it would be a worthy recipient of the PhD Award.

All applications must be nominated by the relevant Associate Dean of Research in Law (or functional equivalent) (the ‘ADR’) at the institution where the applicant has been awarded their PhD. That nomination must include a statement of endorsement by the ADR as to why the PhD represents an outstanding contribution to scholarship in the relevant field. No more than five applications can be nominated by any School.

All applications must include an electronic/PDF version of the PhD thesis so as to enable the efficient review and assessment of the thesis.

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