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John O'Brien Memorial Scholarships in Criminal Law and Criminology



29 September 2008

Sydney Law School is pleased to announce the inaugural John O'Brien Memorial Scholarships - Australia's first scholarships in Criminal Law and Criminology.

Established by a bequest for a memorial fund in perpetuity named the John O'Brien Memorial Fund, the purpose of the bequest is to provide scholarships in the Sydney Law School, in particular for students in Criminal Law and Criminology.

There are two categories of scholarship for coursework and research respectively.

The coursework scholarship will be awarded annually to commencing students in the Master of Criminology (MCrim) by coursework.


Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents who will be commencing in the Master of Criminology coursework degree, either full-time or part-time.

Applicants will be assessed on their entry scores and other measures of merit including a personal statement, and financial need.


The value of the award is the payment of the tuition fee and the closing date for applications is Friday, 20th February 2009 (12pm).

The criteria for the research scholarship is as follows:

  • The scholarship may be awarded at postgraduate levels for the study of criminal law or criminology and shall be tenable at the University of Sydney only.
  • The scholarship shall be awarded on the basis of academic merit and appropriateness of the proposed program of research.
  • A postgraduate scholarship may only be awarded to an applicant who is admitted to candidature for a higher degree by research in criminal law or criminology and who enrols accordingly.
  • The scholarship will be valued at the same rate as the Australian Postgraduate Award. A relocation allowance, maintenance allowance and a thesis allowance are payable in line with Australian Postgraduate Award entitlements.
  • The scholarship shall be tenable for up to two years for the Master of Criminology degree, or Master of Laws degree, and up to three years for a SJD or PhD degree, subject to satisfactory progress. In exceptional circumstances, a further extension of six months may be granted to PhD candidates. Periods of study already undertaken towards the degree prior to the commencement of the award will be deducted from the maximum period of tenure.
  • The scholarship shall be awarded by the Faculty of Law on the recommendation of a committee consisting of the Dean of the Faculty, the Associate Dean (Postgraduate Research), and members of the Committee for Postgraduate Research.

The application form for the research scholarship will be available in October 2008.

Download the application form for the Coursework John O'Brien Memorial Scholarships.


Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

Email: 091355096204592d15392209303d011806263d2156331d4c770326