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The Department of Business Law and Taxation is one of Australia’s most established and dynamic business law departments with a strong research culture. Our research expertise includes labour regulation and workplace law in Australia and Asia, corporate regulation and corporate social responsibility, international trade and international commercial law, comparative business law in Asia and natural resources and energy tax law and policy. Located in the Faculty of Business and Economics, our researchers use traditional legal, empirical legal comparative and interdisciplinary methods.

The Opportunity

If you are looking for rigorous graduate training and want to make a substantial research contribution to your PhD research, the Department of Business Law and Taxation at Monash University is offering $5000 p.a top-up scholarships. These scholarships act on top of the full fee and stipends offered by Monash University for suitably qualified applicants.

The top-up scholarships are available in all areas of business law and taxation, but we specifically encourage applicants with interests in the identified project areas below, which align with our research priorities and experienced supervisors.

Project Areas

Click on the links below for more information on the project areas.

 Socio-legal studies of labour in the Asia-Pacific region

 The evolution of legal classifications of workers as employees or contractors in response to the gig economy

 Effectiveness of gender equality regulatory frameworks

 International trade law

 Tax law and policy - Natural resources and energy justice


To Apply

1. Applicants must apply for admission to a Monash PhD or MPhil with the Monash Business School. Check your eligibility and get information on how to lodge an expression of interest. 

There are two rounds each year for both international and domestic applicants. Interested candidates are advised to commence an application six weeks prior to the application closing dates. 

Interested candidates should send an expression of interest to and attach a full CV (including details of specific grades and transcripts if available). You are encouraged to apply 4-6 weeks prior to the scholarship application closing dates.

2. You will need to prepare a written research proposal, select and make contact with a prospective supervisor to discuss the proposal and the prospect of supervision. See the project areas above and [BLT Grad research page] for sample proposals.

3. To express your interest in the Department of Business Law and Taxation top-up PhD Scholarship please send your CV, a copy of your academic transcripts and a 1-2 page cover letter which outlines your research skills, experience and why this PhD opportunity interests you to Suitable applicants will be sent an Invitation to Apply for a Monash PhD and will be considered for the BLT top-up scholarship. For more information about the Top-Up Scholarship or the Department’s Law PhD Program, contact

Closing Dates for Expression of Interest

Domestic students - First round: 31 May 2018 - Second round: 31 October 2018

International students - First round: 31 March 2018 - Second round: 31 August 2018

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