Francine V McNiff PhD Scholarship in Criminology

The next round of scholarships will be open mid-2022.

As a result of the generosity and vision of the late Francine V McNiff, the Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Program in the Faculty of Arts will offer the Francine V McNiff PhD Scholarship in Criminology.

The late Francine V McNiff, was a Monash alumna (LLB 1976), former staff member, barrister, and the first female Magistrate in Victoria. Francine was passionate about the study of law and had deep connections with Monash. Scholarships will be awarded to PhD applicants who are judged to demonstrate academic excellence.

The successful candidate will be supervised by researchers in Criminology within the School of Social Sciences. The Criminology program at Monash is internationally renowned, with a strong research culture, led by a dynamic group of researchers. Monash Criminology is distinct in Australia for its consistent success in attracting national and international competitive funding for major research. We are research leaders in global fields of inquiry including gendered violence, technology-facilitated abuse and harassment, migration and border regulation, human trafficking and the exclusion and exploitation of vulnerable populations, with an emerging profile in cybercrime and community crime prevention.

In addition to the scholarship, research candidates in the Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Program also have access to funding for research trips spanning conferences and major events relevant to their own independent research, as well as other research-related expenses.

The scholarship terms and conditions

The terms, conditions and level of the PhD scholarship will be the same as those for a Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend. The scholarship would be a Francine V McNiff PhD Scholarship in Criminology. In addition to the PhD support provided by the Faculty of Arts and the University, awardees will receive an additional $5,000 of targeted support annually.

Selection criteria

The successful applicant will have an excellent academic track record in Criminology or other relevant disciplines (e.g. Sociology, Law, Political Science, Gender Studies, Psychology and Human Geography).

Applicants will be considered provided that they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD in the Faculty of Arts are available at

Candidates will be required to meet Monash admission requirements which include English-language proficiency skills. Scholarship holders must be enrolled full time and on campus.

On average one scholarship will be provided every 3.5 years. Scholarships will not be awarded in the case that no applicant meets the criteria. In this case an extra scholarship/s may be awarded in the following year. Please note: applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered. Current Monash PhD students in the first year (12 months) of candidature (whether pre or post confirmation) will be considered if eligible.

Application process

The application process will be the same as applying for a RTP scholarship (including an expression of interest) with the additional statement that attests to the scholarship’s value in facilitating the undertaking of the degree that would be difficult or impossible without the award of the scholarship.

Selection process

A selection committee will be convened to determine award of the scholarship/s. The selection committee for the award of the scholarship/s will consist of one senior academic staff member from Criminology, the Director of the Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Program, a senior academic staff member from the Faculty of Law and the Associate Dean (Graduate Research) from the Faculty of Arts.

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