Human rights and COVID: What did we learn and where to from here?

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

This project will review the lessons learned in human rights during the COVID-19 period. The project will investigate the type of human rights complaints made during COVID; the manner in which they were resolved; and what lessons we learned about human rights protections as a result of these complaints. Whilst COVID-19 was a point in time, it did remind Australians about the value of human rights protections and the role that human rights commissions play in times of national crisis. This project will place Australia's experience in an international context, and make recommendations on how human rights institutions might respond better to unanticipated crisis situations.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Professor Tamara Walsh

School of Law


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of human rights, and both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of human rights law and social policy and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of sociolegal research methods is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2024. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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