Law

Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarships in Law

The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation offers two post-graduate scholarships in law: the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law and the Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholarship in International Law. Each is tenable at a prestigious overseas university.

The scholarship program is partially supported by funds from the Australian Government.

Applications for study in 2017 will open early July and close 31 August 2016.

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Prospectus and Conditions of Award

1.0 Purpose

1.1 The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation, a registered charity in Australia, is offering two post-graduate scholarships in law, the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law and the Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholarship in International Law.

Each is tenable at a prestigious overseas university. The scholarship program is partially supported by funds from the Australian Government.

1.2 Both scholarships are awarded in memory of the Right Honourable Sir Robert Menzies, KT AK CH QC, Prime Minister of Australia from 1939 to 1941 and from 1949 to 1966.

1.3 The Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholarship in International Law is named in recognition of the outstanding achievements of Sir Ninian Stephen, KG AK GCMG GCVO KBE PC QC, as a justice of the High Court, Governor-General and international jurist. Sir Ninian served as Chairman of the Menzies Foundation from 1992 to 1998.

2.0 Tenure

2.1 Applications for the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law are for courses of study at UK universities, principally Oxford, Cambridge, London and Edinburgh. Applications for other UK universities will be received and treated on merit.

2.2 Applications for the Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholarship in International Law are for courses of study in international law at a prestigious overseas university. Applicants are encouraged to consider undertaking a course of study at a university in Asia.

2.3 The awards will generally be tenable for one academic year only, although scholars wishing to enrol for longer courses may also apply.

2.4 Each award will be made on the understanding that it will be continued for the period for which it is granted, subject to the scholar's satisfactory progress and conduct. Scholars will be required to provide a written report on their progress each six months to the Menzies Foundation.

2.5 Scholarships will be awarded for a program of study leading to a higher degree in law. There are no restrictions on the field of law for the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law.

Applicants for the Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholarship in International Law must propose a course of study relevant to international law.

2.6 Candidates can apply for either or both scholarships. However, both scholarships cannot be awarded to the same person.

2.7 The successful candidates will be expected to take up their scholarships in the 2017 academic year.

3.0 The Award

3.1 The scholarships in law will be awarded on merit to the persons who best meet the qualifications and qualities set out in this prospectus.

3.2 The letter of award will specify the university where the award will be tenable, the course and the period for which it may be held.

3.3 Scholarships may not be held concurrently with another scholarship or award providing materially similar or financially significant benefits.

3.4 The recipient agrees to participate in a network of Menzies scholars and fellows, as appropriate.

3.5 The Foundation reserves the right to make no award in a particular year.

4.0 Qualifications

4.1 Candidates must be Australian citizens, have been resident in Australia for at least five of the last ten years, and be available in person for interview in Melbourne at the time of selection in mid-October 2016.

4.2 At the time of application, candidates must hold a law degree with an academic record in law that is equivalent to a First Class Honours Degree, normally from an Australian university.

5.0 Personal Qualities

5.1 So that Australia may benefit from the experience and knowledge gained, candidates will be asked to indicate the career they hope to follow on return to Australia. The Selection Committee will seek individuals who are likely to attain prominence in Australia and, in their subsequent careers, make a contribution to community or international relations and understanding.

5.2 The Selection Committee will take account of the proposed course of study, the academic achievement of the candidate, and also those qualities which Sir Robert Menzies held in high esteem. The qualities sought include:

i. Academic excellence

ii. Leadership, both proven and potential

iii. Interest and experience in the service of others

iv. Extra-curricular activities and interests

v. Ability to contribute to the life of the university.

6.0 Selection Procedure

6.1 Reports from four referees who have known the candidate for some years may be requested by the Menzies Foundation. Three referees should have an academic or employment association and the fourth should be personal.

6.2 Awards will be made following consideration of a short list of candidates who will be interviewed in Melbourne in mid-October by representatives of the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation, the Menzies Memorial Scholars’ Association and the Australian Government.

6.3 An offer of award will normally be made within 24 hours of interview. A formal acceptance is required within 48 hours of offer, failing which the offer will lapse.

7.0 Emoluments

7.1 Scholarships provide emoluments up to AU$75,000 per annum to meet compulsory university fees and charges and to contribute towards the cost of books, equipment, living and travel. Emoluments are not subject to income tax in the United Kingdom; taxation arrangements in other jurisdictions may differ.

7.2 University and other expenses

(a) Tuition fees or a research grant equivalent, examination and other compulsory fees - subject to approval by the Foundation.

(b) A grant of $200 towards the typing and binding of a thesis if required.

7.3 Personal living allowance

Allowances will be determined by the Foundation to suit local circumstances in the country of study. As a guide, current allowances in the UK are £12,750 (if enrolled at a university outside London) and £14,750 (if enrolled at a London university) per annum, payable in three instalments.

7.4 Travel

(a) An economy airfare from Australia to the country of study.

(b) A similar airfare to return to Australia, provided the scholar returns within 12 months of completing the course of study specified in the letter of award.

8. 0 Method Of Application

8.1 The secure online application form is available from the Menzies Foundation scholarships website at https://applications.menziesfoundation.org.au 

8.2 Original or legally certified copies of documents such as Academic Transcripts or Naturalisation Certificate must be immediately available to the Menzies Foundation on request.

8.3 For queries, please contact the Menzies Foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law for 2016 was awarded to Ms Emily Rumble.  

Emily Rumble

Emily Rumble2016 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law

Emily Rumble has been awarded the 2016 Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law for her progress into a career of financial services regulation, contribution to community and outstanding academic achievement. Throughout her degree, Emily received six Dean’s List honours, a university medal in History and graduated second in a class of 203 students at the University of NSW. In addition, Emily contributed to university life both in the written form (via contributions to student newspapers and law journals), and vocally through participation and facilitation of debating competitions, college law reviews and choir performances.

Emily will complete a Bachelor of Civil Law at Oxford University commencing in 2016.