Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarships in Law
The Menzies Foundation offers post-graduate scholarships in law: the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law and the Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholarship in International Law, tenable at a prestigious overseas university.
The scholarship program is partially supported by funds from the Australian Government.
Applications for study in 2017 are now closed. If you are interested in applying in the future, please read through the 2016 prospectus and FAQs below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there an age limit for applicants?No, there are no age restrictions for this scholarship. We ask for the year you were born for statistical purposes only.
I am not an Australian Citizen, but I have Permanent Residency; may I apply for a scholarship?
Yes. At the time of application, you must be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency as defined in the 2007 Australian Citizenship Act. The need to have Australian citizenship or permanent residency extends to New Zealand applicants. Proof of citizenship/residency status must be available upon request.
Am I able to apply for both scholarships at the same time?
When will you let applicants know if they are shortlisted for interview?
If selected for interview, you will be invited by email in the week commencing 5 October. Interviews will take place in mid-October.
When will you announce the scholarship recipient?
Normally the offer is made within 24 hours of interview. Formal acceptance of an offer of award is required within 48 hours.
Is there a specific university I must attend?
Applicants for the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law are expected to attend a prestigious university within the United Kingdom. Applicants for the Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholarship in International Law are able to choose any prestigious university in the word.
Finance:On the website it states the scholarship is valued at up to AUD75,000 per year. What happens if my course is going to cost more than that?
The scholarship will cover tuition fees and a living allowance of up to AUD75,000 per year. If the cost of your degree is more than the equivalent of AUD75,000 per year, you will be required to self-fund the difference each year.
Can I have other financial support and a Menzies scholarship at the same time?
You are able to hold small grants/bursaries for activities that are essential to the successful completion of the degree, such as travel grants. All financial assistance must be listed in the scholarship application form.
ExtensionsIf during my course I wish to upgrade from a one or two-year course to a PhD, can I extend the scholarship?
No. The scholarship is awarded for the time period requested in your application. The scholarship period, university and course are specified in the letter of award. Should you wish to extend your studies you will need to secure alternate funding.
Am I able to apply for extensions or defer the scholarship?
No, Menzies Scholarships do not provide for any leave entitlements. In exceptional circumstances and on written application, suspension of the scholarship may be considered for a period but additional funds to cover this period would not be available.
Application formDo you need to know about past scholarships and awards, or only future scholarships and awards I am applying for?
Past scholarships and awards may be listed to support your application. We require knowledge of any currently held scholarship and future scholarship and award applications. Named scholarships of similar purpose or substantial value may render you ineligible for a Menzies Foundation scholarship.
Do we only need to mention scholarships over a certain value when listing ones we’ve applied for?
You must list any named scholarships of similar purpose to the Menzies Foundation scholarship or of substantial value.
Do I need to have an official transcript, or is a certified unofficial transcript OK?
We require a scanned copy of the original or legally certified copy of your official transcript. This transcript must be produced at interview on request.es. The application form is a joint application for both scholarships. However if the preferred university you list on your application form is outside the UK your application will only be considered for the Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies Scholarship in International Law.
Prospectus and Conditions of Award1.0 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.
2.1 Applications for the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law are for a course of study at a UK university, principally Oxford, Cambridge, London or 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 a course of study in international law at a prestigious overseas university. Applicants are encouraged to consider undertaking study at a university in Asia.
2.3 The awards will generally be tenable for one academic year, 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 academic year commencing in 2017.
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 named scholarship or award providing materially similar or financially significant benefits.
3.4 The recipient agrees to participate in a network of Menzies Foundation scholars and fellows, as appropriate.
3.5 The Foundation reserves the right to make no award in a particular year.
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 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 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.
7.1 The scholarships provide emoluments up to AU$75,000 per annum towards compulsory university fees and charges, a living allowance, the cost of books, equipment 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
(b) A grant of AU$200 towards the typing and binding of a thesis, if required.
7.3 Personal living allowance
An allowance as determined by the Foundation to suit local circumstances in the country of study, up to AU$30,000 per annum. The allowance will be payable in three instalments over the academic year.
8.0 METHOD OF APPLICATION
8.1 The secure online application form is available from the Menzies Foundation scholarships website at http://menziesfoundation.org.au/scholarships/law
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 and will be required at interview.
The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Law for 2017 was awarded to Mr Nathan Van Wees.
Nathan Van Wees
2017 Sir Robert Menzies Scholarship in Law
Nathan Van Wees has been awarded the 2017 Sir Robert Menzies Scholarship in Law for his outstanding academic record, including the Supreme Court Exhibition Prize for Best Honours Thesis (law), the University Medal from Monash University and his contribution to community.
Nathan graduated at the top of his class of 400 with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in 2015. He has worked as a volunteer tutoring refugees in English and provided research assistance at Refugee Legal. In addition Nathan completed three internships – the first with Ghana’s Human Rights Advocacy Centre, and later with within the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra and for the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Nathan was awarded the Menzies scholarship to complete a Bachelor of Civil Law at Oxford University.