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The TC Beirne School of Law Visiting Research Fellowship is designed to provide an opportunity for early career researchers and established scholars of international standing to visit The University of Queensland for the purpose of conducting research in their field of choice in collaboration with one or more members of the School of Law. 


It is envisaged that Visiting Fellows will:

  • participate fully in the intellectual life of the school during their stay;
  • present a paper in the Law School’s Research Seminar Series;
  • work collaboratively on a research project with one or more members of the School of Law, towards a jointly authored high quality publication and/or the development of a collaborative external competitive grant submission;
  • consider publishing an article (eg based on the paper presented in the seminar series) in the UQ Law Journal.


Applicants must be current members of staff at a national or international university or equivalent institution, with a highly distinguished record of achievement in research.

Timing and Support

The visiting fellowship is awarded for a minimum of 4-6 weeks. Visiting Fellows may be able to stay for a longer period but this will depend on physical and other resources.

Fellows will be allocated an office, computing facilities and full access to the School's library and research resources. Financial support is to assist in meeting the costs of the applicant’s economy class flights to and from The University of Queensland, and towards accommodation during the period of stay. For international fellows the sum available is between $3000–5000(AUD). Details of budget costs and the total amount of funding requested are required in the application form. Funds will be made available by way of a block grant towards these costs.


The TC Beirne School of Law is located at the St Lucia Campus. Information on short-term accommodation is available at http://www.accommodation.uq.edu.au . Visitors who wish to stay on for longer periods, eg 6 months, may be able to rent an apartment (see http://www.realestate.com.au ).

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be assessed by reference to:

  • the excellence of their research record, relative to opportunity;
  • support for the visit by one or more academic members of the School of Law and confirmation that agreement for collaboration during the visit has been reached;
  • the merits of the planned research project and the expected outcomes;
  • the extent to which it is envisaged  that the candidate will be able to contribute to the intellectual life of the School (taking into account synergies between the candidate’s research field and School of Law research strengths, as well as the length and timing of the candidate’s proposed visit);
  • The potential to further links with existing University partner or prospect to establish new partnerships.

While the quality of the research applicant will be central, preference may be given to applicants who have already undertaken initial research work with an academic member of the School and are likely to develop on-going research collaboration with the Law School.

Application process and timeline

Two rounds for applications will be held each year with closing dates of 15 February and 31 August 2016.

Applications should include:

  • a completed application form, including budget breakdown;
  • a detailed research proposal (2-3 pages);
  • a letter of support from a member or members of the TC Beirne School of Law and
  • a curriculum vitae including full publications list.

Please note that official sponsorship by The University of Queensland is required by the Australian Government for academic visitors to obtain a visa for longer than 3 months. The process can take several months, so please apply for your intended academic visit at least 6 months in advance.

We aim to provide applicants with a response one month after the closing of each round. Completed applications should be addressed to the Deputy Dean (Research) Professor Simon Bronitt and submitted by email to s.bronitt@law.uq.edu.au.

General UQ information for all visitors

Please apply to visit the UQ Law School at least 6 months in advance of your planned visit.

Important visa information for all visitors

Australian Visa requirements have recently been changed by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship(DIAC). The process may not always be quick and our strong advice is that applications to be a visitor at the UQ Law School should be made at least 6 months in advance of your planned visit. There is also a significant difference depending on whether you want to visit for less, or more, than 90 days.

  1. Applicants who are offered a place in the Visitor’s program for less than 90 days may apply for a visa online.
  2. Applicants who are offered a place in the Visitor's program to stay longer than 90 days are required by DIAC to:
    • Meet the below criteria
      • be sponsored by a training and research sponsor (UQ) or visiting academic sponsor
      • have been invited to observe or participate in an Australian research project for a period of up to 12 months:
        • at the sponsoring Australian tertiary or research institution
        • in collaboration with other academics employed by the sponsoring Australian tertiary or research institution
      • be employed or have formerly been employed as an academic at a tertiary or research institution outside Australia and hold or have held a senior academic title
      • have qualifications and experience required for the position
      • have a significant record of achievement in your field
      • must not receive remuneration other than a contribution towards living and travel expenses
      • have a genuine intention to stay temporarily in Australia
      • have adequate financial support for you and any accompanying family members while in Australia
      • have adequate arrangements for health insurance for you and any accompanying family members for the duration of your intended stay in Australia
      • meet health and character requirements.
    • receive official sponsorship by the University, and
    • lastly, apply for a Training and Research Visa (subclass 402 / research stream). This is a new visa which has replaced the former Visiting Academic (419) visa.