The School offers undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in the UQ Summer & Winter Research Scholarship Programs over the summer and winter vacation periods. 

This experience provides students with the opportunity to work with a researcher in a formal research environment so that they may experience the research process and discover what research is being undertaken in their field of interest at the School.

Please note that no course credit is offered in the summer and winter research programs.

How to apply

Read the detailed information guide on how to apply for a research program. 

Applications for the Summer Research Program will be open from 23 September to 13 October 2024.  

Winter research program

Comparative Constitutionalism – Federal Systems 

Hours of engagement and delivery mode

Duration of the project: 24 June – 19 July, 2024.
Hours of engagement: 36 hours per week.
Offered through a hybrid arrangement: onsite and remotely. 

DescriptionThis project will undertake a selected comparison of the constitutional arrangements of several federal countries. The countries to be compared will depend partly on any particular language and background knowledge that the selected student can bring to the project. 
Expected outcomes and deliverables

Students will develop skills in data collection, legal analysis and theorisation in the general field of comparative constitutional law, with particular attention to issues in federalism. The research will contribute to the development of publications in the field. Publication with the student is possible, but this will depend on the results of the research. The training provided to the student will enable them to understand the methods and standards required for publishable research and RHD study. Benefits to the school will include training of the student in advanced research methods and contribution to publications in highest quality law journals in the field.

Suitable for 

The research project is suitable for students who have successfully completed Constitutional Law and have relevant experience and language skills (e.g., personal knowledge of a particular federal country or fluency in its language. Students who have studied politics or government, especially comparative government, will be especially suited to the project, but this is not essential.

Primary supervisorProfessor Nicholas Aroney
Further informationStudents are welcome to contact Professor Aroney at n.aroney@uq.edu.au if they have any particular questions.
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The Search for Gender Equality and Diversity in Large Charities

Hours of engagement and delivery modeA hybrid arrangement for the 4-week duration.

The research project involves identifying and assessing the legal barriers to the promotion of balanced gender representation on the boards of large charities. Using critical socio-legal theory, an epistemological critic of the legal frameworks will achieve the normative foundations of inequality.

Expected outcomes and deliverables

Scholars will gain skills in legal research beyond traditional doctrinal methodology. The winter project is the first stage of a larger project, which allows a student to be involved in the project at a later date.


The winter project will be the basis of a publication and the student will be asked to produce a report at the end of their project.
Suitable for The project is open to applications from students who have completed the subject of jurisprudence.
Primary supervisorDr Kim Weinert
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Australia’s First Nations ‘Courts’

Hours of engagement and delivery mode

4 weeks, 20-30 hours per week, flexible on-site/home arrangements can be accommodated.


A number of important rules and principles under the Australian Constitution hinge of the concept of a ‘court’ and related notions like ‘judge’, ‘judicial’ powers, ‘judicial independence and impartiality’ and ‘judicial process’. The meaning of these terms has given rise to many constitutional cases and papers seeking to identify the ‘defining and essential characteristics’ of courts.

This project will enrich that field of study by considering Australia’s other justice systems, specifically, the notion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ‘courts’. It asks questions like: are there First Nations ‘courts’? What are their essential characteristics and qualities – what makes these entities ‘courts’? How do these essential characteristics and notions align with, and/or differ from, the essential characteristics of common law courts?

Based on this initial research, the project may consider potential implications of these similarities and differences for the modern justice system and public law. 

This research forms part of a broader project which aims to explore and understand the nature of courts. The student will undertake research across a range of sources from law, history, and Indigenous-studies.

Expected outcomes and deliverables

In practical terms, the scholar will be tasked with undertaking a far-reaching literature review on Australia’s First Nations courts and systems of law and justice, and may be assisted in this by the UQ Library’s extensive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resource Collection.

Scholars will gain skills in detailed, comparative legal and historical analysis in a complex social and cultural setting. The scholar will also develop skills in the preparation of memoranda and presentation of research findings. Mentoring and support will be provided in academic writing and legal career-building.

The specific research project will feed directly into the preparation of a scholarly book and has the potential to contribute to work towards Indigenising the Curriculum. In addition, the project aligns with UQ Law School graduate attributes for students being able to demonstrate cultural capability.

Suitable for 

This project will be particularly of interest to students with a curious, critical, probing mind who are comfortable working with complex, multifaceted notions and communicating them in a clear, logical and concise manner. It is suitable for students with an interest and flare for exploring Indigenous perspectives, experiences and intersections with Law and the legal system, as well as public and constitutional law more broadly. It may also interest students with an interest in the theory/philosophy and history of law.

Primary supervisorAssociate Professor Rebecca Ananian-Welsh
Further information

Rebecca can be contacted on rebecca.aw@law.uq.edu.au with any questions.

Applications should include a CV, transcript and brief (less than 1 page) covering letter which includes an explanation of why you are interested in this particular project.

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