Universities as Disability Champions of Change

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 is on disability and applicants with a disability are preferred.

His 4 year Future Fellowship project aims to investigate how the higher education sector can better support people with disabilities to transition from economic exclusion to work. One in five Australians have a disability and of these 47.3% are not employed. This is a significant issue with regulatory failures and challenges often affecting rights to education and work being exercised on an equal basis. This project seeks to examine international legal norms, theories and strategic and operational practices in the higher education sector.

This Future Fellowship forms part of his broader vision of using the higher education sector to drive disability inclusion in society. For his vision, please see his recently published TEDx speech,  ‘Universities as Disability Champions of Change’.

Associate Professor Harpur is interested in hearing from potential PhD candidates who are interested in working with him to help realize this vision. Candidates will be based in the TC Beirne School of Law.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $28,854 per annum tax free (2022 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Associate Professor Paul Harpur

School of Law

Email: p.harpur@law.uq.edu.au

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 disability rights and/or scholarship would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

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

A background or knowledge of either lived experience or strong personal connection with disability 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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