(of a person) not recognized as a citizen of any country.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that statelessness affects at least 10 million people worldwide. The lives of stateless people can often involve struggles with respect to aspects of everyday life that citizens take for granted, including access to medical care, education, employment or the right to travel. In some cases, stateless persons face protracted periods in detention or more extreme forms of persecution.
There are many causes of statelessness, including some of the same forces that create refugee flows and push people out of their home country. However, many stateless persons have been living for generations in the same country but have never been recognised as citizens. Others were citizens but lost that citizenship due to discriminatory laws or persecution. Sometimes, statelessness is caused simply by poorly drafted nationality laws or as a consequence of state succession.
Historically, the phenomenon of statelessness was overlooked by the international community. However, the identification, recognition and legal protection of stateless persons has undergone a renaissance in the past decade, chiefly led by the work of the UNHCR. The UNHCR’s Global Action Plan to End Statelessness, 2014-2024, recognises the vital role for research in achieving its ambitious goals, given there are significant existing gaps in qualitative and quantitative information on stateless populations, and in analysis and identification of the causes of statelessness.
In light of the significance of the issue of statelessness and the clear gaps in existing research and research initiatives globally, the University of Melbourne Statelessness Hallmark Research Initiative was established in 2018.
The Statelessness Hallmark Research Initiative (SHRI) aims to:
- create opportunities for University of Melbourne researchers to engage in academic collaboration and multidisciplinary research on statelessness and citizenship;
- build capacity and understanding of statelessness amongst academic and research communities in the region;
- increase the availability of high-quality data, information, research and training on statelessness to fill knowledge gaps and inform public policy;
- build connections and opportunities for collaboration between University of Melbourne researchers and academic actors working in Asia and the Pacific.
There are a number of ways to connect with the Statelessness Hallmark Research Initiative, and we would love to hear from you!
For general enquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Statelessness Hallmark Initiative is supported by the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness.
Professor Michelle Foster - Initiative Chair
Professor Michelle Foster is the Chair of the Statelessness Research Initiative and the inaugural Director of the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness at Melbourne Law School. Michelle has published widely in the field of international refugee law, including International Refugee Law and Socio-Economic Rights: Refuge from Deprivation (CUP, 2007) and, with James Hathaway, The Law of Refugee Status, Second Edition, (CUP, 2014). Michelle’s most recent publications explore various legal issues concerning the recognition and protection of stateless persons, including a monograph with Professor Helene Lambert, entitled The Protection of Stateless Persons in International Refugee Law (forthcoming OUP, 2018). Michelle teaches Refugee Law and International Refugee Law at Melbourne Law School, and in 2017 taught in the International Summer School in Forced Migration at Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre.
Dr Christoph Sperfeldt - Academic Convenor
Dr Christoph Sperfeldt is a Senior Research Fellow at the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness and the Academic Convenor of the Statelessness Hallmark Research Initiative. He came to the issue of statelessness from a bottom-up perspective, examining the development and peace implications resulting from the marginalisation of vulnerable populations. Christoph pursues interdisciplinary research interests in areas of human rights and justice, including statelessness, international and regional human rights protection regimes, and transitional and international criminal justice (with an emphasis on reparations). He has studied these issues particularly in a context of peacebuilding and development cooperation.
Christoph completed his PhD at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University .He is a Fellow at the Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford University, and a University Fellow at Charles Darwin University. Christoph has held visiting positions at the Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) at the University of Copenhagen, the International Victimology Institute (INTERVICT) at Tilburg University, the Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC) at KU Leuven, the Minerva Center for Human Rights at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Stanford University. He has published widely in the field of human rights and transitional justice.
Christoph brings to his role at the Centre more than ten years of experience in working on human rights, statelessness and transitional justice, predominantly in Southeast Asia. He was Deputy Director at the Asian International Justice Initiative, a joint program of the East-West Center and the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford University, where he supported human rights and rule of law capacity development in Southeast Asia. Prior to this, Christoph was Senior Advisor with the German development agency (GIZ) in Cambodia. In this capacity, he advised the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee and the Victims Support Section at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Christoph has also worked as a consultant on numerous human rights-related projects.
From 2014 to 2017 Erika Feller held the appointment of Vice-Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Melbourne, located in the Melbourne School of Government. She is currently a Professorial Fellow in the School of Government, serving at the same time in various advisory capacities outside the University, including as a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Humanitarian Advisory Group, a social enterprise working to elevate the profile of humanitarian action in Asia and the Pacific.
Erika’s experience with the statelessness portfolio spans many years at very high levels of seniority. UNHCR is the agency in the UN system with the mandate to protect and assist stateless persons. This is predominantly a protection function. Erika oversaw the protection policy and delivery in UNHCR for over 13 years, first in her capacity as Director of the Division of International Protection and then during her 7 years as UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection. She was regularly involved in activities on behalf of stateless people, ranging from training, capacity building and advocacy through to direct interventions to improve the circumstances of affected individuals and groups.
Professor John Tobin is the Francine McNiff Chair in International Human Rights Law at Melbourne Law School. He is an internationally recognised expert in human rights with special expertise in children’s rights. In 2010, he was awarded the Barbara Falk Award for Teaching Excellence by the University of Melbourne and in 2011 he was awarded a national citation for outstanding contribution to student learning in the area of human rights.
Professor Tobin’s expertise with respect to children’s rights has particular salience for the Statelessness Hallmark Research Initiative (SHRI) in light of the fact that UNHCR estimates that there is a stateless child being born at least every 10 minutes, and observes that the effects of being born stateless are profound especially in terms of access to the most basic of human rights such as medical care. Therefore, research and advocacy with regard to the link between children’s rights and statelessness is essential to finding solutions to statelessness.
Over the last decade Professor Susan Kneebone's research, teaching and publications have focused on forced migration, including refugees, statelessness and citizenship, in South East Asia (SEA). In 2006, she was awarded an ARC Linkage Grant: LP0667748; ‘Australia’s Response to Trafficking in Women: Towards a Model for the Regulation of Forced Migration in the Asia-Pacific Region’ (with Julie Debeljak and Bernadette McSherry). A second ARC Linkage Grant followed in 2009: LP0990168; ‘Delivering Effective Protection to Victims and Prevention of Human Trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region’. Additionally, in 2009 she received an ARC Discovery Grant as sole Chief Investigator: DP09844404; ‘Law, Governance and Regulation of Intra-Regional Labour Migration in South East Asia: An Agenda for Protection and Development’.
As a result of research conducted under these projects Susan has extensive experience researching in SEA. The issue of statelessness is a relevant vulnerability factor in human trafficking, especially regarding children of migrant workers and victims of forced marriage (as detailed in two reports arising under LP0990168). The issue of citizenship is important to understanding the rights of migrant workers. Susan’s current ARC Discovery Grant is directly relevant to these issues as it has a focus on the nationality and rights of children of marriage migrants, many of whom are stateless as a result of operation of laws. Through this project, her geographic focus extends to East Asia (Taiwan and South Korea) and her substantive focus statelessness and the rights of children.
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Successful Seed Funding Projects 2020
Applications for the 2020 Seed Funding Scheme closed on 30 September 2019. We are pleased to announce the successful projects below:
Banal Statelessness in and from Myanmar: A Study of Non-Rohingya Muslims
Vanessa Lamb (School of Geography, University of Melbourne), with Nyi Nyi Kyaw (Visiting Fellow, ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute)
The genocide and plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is attracting increased global attention. What we will investigate in this project, as a complement to this growing work focused on the Rohingya, are the other forms and cases of ‘statelessness’ faced by non-Rohingya Muslims in and from Myanmar. This is important because study of these challenges, for groups and individuals who have also been unable to attain identity cards or be recognised as citizens of Myanmar, is limited and their challenges shed light on significant factors shaping statelessness and identity in Myanmar and in the region. Research will be conducted by reviewing the Myanmar Citizenship Law and associated rules, as well as interviews and review of secondary literature.
Citizenship in Hybrid Societies and its Relevance for Australian Law
Jayani Nadarajalingam (Melbourne School of Government), with Cheryl Saunders (Melbourne Law School), Anne Carter (Deakin Law School) and Patrick Emerton (Monash Law School)
This project combines legal analysis with philosophical theorising to investigate the complexities of citizenship in hybrid societies and its relevance for Australian law. Hybrid societies are ones in which the modern state is not the main political actor; instead, it is only one political actor among others and, as a result, does not provide the only (or main) institutional framework within which people live their lives. The first part of this project will study the theoretical underpinnings of citizenship and legal identity formation in the context of hybrid societies. The second part will put forward a novel account of how Australian public law should understand and engage with citizenship that arises in the context of hybrid societies. The third part of the project constitutes a workshop centred around the themes and questions raised by the first two parts of the project. In doing so, it will bring together scholars and practitioners working on these topics in the Asia Pacific region.
Preventing Statelessness in India: Exclusion and Access in Assam’s National Register of Citizens Appeals Process
Jeff Redding (Melbourne Law School & Australia India Institute), with Mohsin Alam Bhat (Jindal Global University)
This project builds a rigorous empirical and multidisciplinary inquiry into the impending crisis of statelessness in India. The crisis is the result of the government-administered National Register of Citizens (NRC), which sought to exhaustively list all the Indian citizens in the eastern state of Assam. The final NRC excluded around 2 million residents of the state, rendering them at the verge of statelessness. The project will study the legal process – particularly court decisions, institutional independence, access to justice and conditions in detention centres – during the initial months of the appeals process. It will develop these findings to build an evidence-driven legal intervention for a more thorough oversight by India’s appellate judiciary. The project will also study the social dimension of the problem, particularly the impact on vulnerable groups like women and children, precariousness of excluded individuals, and the insecurity of marginalized communities facing statelessness. The research will be conducted in collaboration with the Centre of Public Interest Law at O.P. Jindal Global University (India).
Contested Belonging: The Documentation and Creation of Legal Identity by Non-State Actors in Civil War
Sara Meger (School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne), with Marika Sosnowski (University of Melbourne), Bart Klem (University of Gothenburg) and Katharine Fortin (Utrecht University)
This project investigates the contested nature of legal-political subjectivity in the context of civil war. It explores the implications and ramifications of efforts of non-state actors to document and/or create legal identity in conditions of contested governance. Drawing together researchers and practitioners across four conflict contexts – Syria, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar – this project will deepen our understanding of the strategies, rationales, and legitimations of non-state actors in pursuing the issuance of legal identity, as well as the political, legal, and social impacts of these manoeuvres. In doing so, the project hopes to strengthen the scholarship on rebel governance, statelessness and de facto political orders along three lines of inquiry: insurgency, materiality and legality.
Stateless Children of Migrants in Lebanon
Bina Fernandez (School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne), with Karen Block (Melbourne School of Population and Global Health), Yara Mourad and Aseel Jammal (Issam Fares Institute, American University of Beirut), and Roula Hamati (Insan Association)
This project proposes a study of statelessness experienced by the children of undocumented migrant domestic workers in Lebanon. Focussing on the children of migrant women from Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and the Philippines nationalities, the study will undertake a review of laws related to nationality, marriage and birth registration in Lebanon as well as the migrants’ origin countries, to identify the legal barriers to such children securing legal recognition and status. The project will be implemented in partnership with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, and with Insan Association, a local NGO in Beirut. Findings from the study will provide insights into potential pathways to securing nationality status for stateless children of migrants.
Blending Traditional and Contemporary Approaches to Conflict Resolution: A Case Study of Naga Community Cross-Border Dialogue
Anne Decobert (School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne), with Michael Breen (University of Melbourne), Dolly Kikon (University of Melbourne) and Joseph Lo Bianco (School of Education, University of Melbourne)
This pilot project explores conflict resolution and transformational approaches that integrate traditional and emerging social science methods, and that can foster peaceful cross-border relationships among stateless and other vulnerable populations. The project is a collaboration with individuals representing Naga Peoples of North-East India and North-West Myanmar. The Naga identify as a stateless nation, members of which have been in conflict with the state in both India and Myanmar for over 60 years. Although living adjacent, there have been little peacebuilding initiatives between Naga communities on either side of the border. This pilot project will bring together key Naga community members from India and Myanmar, in Stage 1 of a facilitated dialogue process. It aims to lay the foundations for longer-term collaborative work with Naga academics and leaders, with a view to developing a transferable conflict resolution approach that also addresses questions around citizenship and identify in conflict transformation processes.
A Place to Call Home (Phase 2): Examining the Numbers, Location and Lived Experience of Stateless Refugee Children in Australia
Katie Robertson and John Tobin (Melbourne Law School), with Sarah Dale (Refugee Advice and Casework Service)
Children born on Australian soil are not guaranteed the right to Australian citizenship. Citizenship is foundational to a child's sense of identity, providing them with fundamental rights. Importantly, for children of refugees it can also offer safety; a place to call home. In Australia, a significant but unknown number of children have been born into statelessness to parents of refugee background. This project seeks to expand upon research conducted through Round 1 SHRI funding, which explored the legal needs, complexities and gaps experienced by these children and found that there is a significant, but unknown number of stateless refugee children in Australia with a prima facie entitlement to citizenship. Phase 2 of this project will partner with the Refugee Advice Casework Service to map the location and identity of refugee children in Australia and link them with legal services. The family members’ lived experience of statelessness will also be documented.
Read about Successful Projects awarded in the 2019 Seed Funding Round here.
Overview of Seed Funding Scheme
The objective of the Statelessness Hallmark Research Initiative Seed Funding Scheme is to increase cross-disciplinary academic collaboration on statelessness across the University and with external partners. The scheme serves as an incubator for developing and upscaling small-to-medium sized interdisciplinary research projects that show significant potential for future funding by granting bodies. The scheme provides support to research teams with the aim of generating new knowledge and insights on topics broadly related to statelessness, citizenship and identity. Innovative research proposals can encompass a wide range of perspectives and methodologies, such as theoretical projects or projects based on empirical study or community engagement with external partners. Proposals are invited on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, issues around nationality, deprivation of citizenship, legal identity and documentation, risk of statelessness and/or human rights issues connected with the causes and ramifications of statelessness. The Statelessness Hallmark Research Initiative is keen to support and enhance the career development of early career researchers by providing opportunities for them to participate and play a significant role within interdisciplinary research teams.
In considering the SHRI Seed Funding Scheme’s role to leverage cross-disciplinary collaboration for generating and upscaling innovative project ideas, the second round offer two categories of funding:
- Category 1 grants aim at providing start-up funding for developing and refining project ideas and/or pilot initial activities. Up to $10,000 for 3-5 projects will be available under category 1 funding. Round 1 recipients are not eligible to apply for this category.
- Category 2 grants are intended to lay the ground for enlarged project designs that demonstrate a clear strategy for targeting specific external funding opportunities. Up to $25,000 for 1-2 projects will be available under category 2 funding. While open to all entrants, this category also provides an opportunity for Round 1 grant recipients to expand and refine their projects for the purposes of larger external funding opportunities.
Projects must be completed by 31 December 2020. At the end of Round 2, a workshop will bring together all grant recipients to present the project outcomes and seek critical feedback on concept notes for follow-on funding.
Relationship with other funding schemes
There are a number of University schemes to support projects and applicants should consider which scheme is most suitable for their project. Details of other schemes can be found at https://research.unimelb.edu.au/support/funding/internal. Applications which request funds to supplement another current internal University grant, external grant or research contract will generally be excluded from consideration.
- Applications are expected to be developed by a proposing team, and each application must nominate one Coordinating Investigator.
- Applicants must disclose if they are submitting this application to other University of Melbourne seed funding grant sources.
- The Coordinating Investigator must hold a salaried academic appointment at the University of Melbourne of at least 0.5 EFT for the duration of the project and the reporting period. If the Coordinating Investigator leaves the employment of the University, this responsibility will be transferred to another member of the team.
- There are no restrictions on other members of the proposed project team, including international team members.
- A simple signoff process will be used. It will be assumed that in submitting an application, all project team members have consulted appropriately with their Heads and Deans and have the time and basic infrastructure resources to pursue the project concerned within the context of existing research, teaching and higher degree supervision responsibilities.
All requests for funding are to be made through the corresponding Application Forms and associated process. Projects should be costed in line with University policy and are subject to final approval by the Director or Chair of the relevant research body.
Funds may be used for:
- Employing Research Assistants;
- Employing casual staff to provide development or administrative support;
- Modest and appropriate teaching or marking relief for the Coordinating Investigator and other Investigators on the team (specific justification for the item is required);
- Costs associated with workshops or events, including accommodation and catering;
- Travel costs such as bringing overseas or interstate industry or community partners to the workshops or events;
- Accessibility costs (for example, for inclusive research, events or dissemination of findings);
- Modest equipment (specific justification for this item is required); or
- Consultant costs for workshop preparation, facilitation and/or post-workshop follow-up.
Funds may NOT be used for:
- Salary top-ups to existing University of Melbourne staff for additional workload;
- Extensive overseas travel by University of Melbourne staff; or,
- Retainer fees for consultants.
The payment schedule will be linked to key deliverables and agreed between the Coordinating Investigator and the SHRI steering and selection committee prior to the commencement of the project.
The application process has two stages:
- Proposing teams complete the official application form. The Selection Committee will then shortlist applications.
- Shortlisted applications will be invited to give a presentation to members of the Selection Committee on their project. The Selection Committee will then decide how to allocate the funding.
The application consists of the following elements:
- Completed official application form, including proposal and budget (must include all supporting documentation, i.e. CVs of the Coordinating Investigator and other team members, letters of support from partner organisations).
- For the Coordinating Investigator and for each team member, provide a statement of no more than one page in total including (a) current position, (b) expertise relevant to the proposed role in the current proposal, including track record of prior collaboration, and (c) a representative list of grants and/or publications in areas relevant to the proposal.
An information meeting for interested applicants will be held on 6 August 2019 - event info here. This meeting will be an opportunity to seek further clarification regarding the SHRI Seed Funding Scheme and the application process.
It is recommended that you discuss your project proposal with the Academic Convenor, Christoph Sperfeldt, prior to submitting your application. (T: +61 3 8344 1489 E: email@example.com )
- An information meeting will be held for interested applicants on 6 August 2019.
- Applications must be submitted by close of business 30 September 2019.
- Proposals should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org in a single file (PDF or DOC format)
- Email Subject and Applications must use the filename format: Year-SHRI-Application-Initial+Last Name e.g. 2019-SHRI-Application-JDoe
- Presentations of shortlisted applicants will be scheduled in October 2019. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission in early November 2019.
- Projects of Round 2 must be completed by 31 December 2020. The feedback workshop will be held in November/December 2020.
- A project completion report must be filed by 31 January 2021.
2020 Visiting Fellowship Scheme
The Visiting Fellowship Scheme provides an opportunity for University of Melbourne faculties to engage with a range of different statelessness scholars and to expand international research collaborations. Applications are invited from researchers with an interest in statelessness – from PhD students to tenured academics – to visit the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness at Melbourne Law School between February and December 2020. Applications from non-academic visiting professionals will also be considered, if they propose an applied research project of relevance to the work of the Centre.
The Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness at Melbourne Law School was established in 2018 with the objective of undertaking research, teaching and engagement activities aimed at reducing statelessness and protecting the rights of stateless people in Australia, the Asia Pacific region, and as appropriate more broadly. The Centre offers Visiting Fellowships for up to two months. Visiting scholars are provided with a work-space, computer and library access. They are expected to give a public seminar as part of the Centre’s seminar series and to participate in the academic life and work of the Centre including offering a work in progress for our reading group, and participate in events and workshops where applicable.
The Centre accommodates both self-funded Visiting Fellows and those seeking a scholarship to cover parts of their expenses. Applications from self-funded Visiting Fellows will also be considered outside the application period, subject to the availability of space. Funding of up to AU$4000 is available for Visiting Fellows towards the costs of travel to, and accommodation in, Melbourne. As such, applicants should consider the cost implications before applying, as there may be additional expenses not covered by the fellowship. Visiting Fellows from outside Australia are responsible for obtaining and funding any necessary visas or insurance. Fellowships are funded jointly by the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness and the Statelessness Hallmark Research Initiative.
The Centre acknowledges the diversity of individuals doing research or working on statelessness around the globe. Applications are invited from researchers ranging from PhD students, postdoctoral researchers to tenured academics to visit the Centre. Applications from non-academic visiting professionals will also be considered, if they propose an applied research project of relevance to the work of the centre.
The Visiting Fellowships are to be taken up within the time frame from February to December 2020. Once accepted, Visiting Fellows are encouraged to consider timing their visits to coincide with any major Centre activities.
Applications should be emailed to email@example.com and must include the following in one PDF document:
- Curriculum vitae and list of publications
- Research plan (maximum 1000 words), outlining the research, proposed activities/collaboration during visiting period and contribution to the work of the Centre
- Proposed dates of the visit in 2020
- Indication of whether a Visiting Fellowship grant is sought. For those seeking funding, please provide a brief justification, including any other funding sought or secured to cover expenses (maximum 250 words)
- One letter of reference (for PhD students letter of reference from the PhD supervisor; for non-academic visitors letter of support from employer or other entity the visitor is professionally associated with).
Applications closed on 31 August 2019.
Visiting Fellows 2020
Zahra Albarazi, Statelessness expert and consultant, United Kingdom
Proposed Research: Statelessness in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
Talha Abdul Rahman, Legal Practitioner before Supreme Court, New Delhi, India
Proposed Research: Assessment of adjudicatory processes regarding the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for the state of Assam in India
Iryna Aleksieieva, Project Manager and strategic litigation expert, NGO ‘Right to Protection’, Kyiv, Ukraine
Statelessness in Ukraine: limits to right to a nationality on grounds of national security
Victoria Reitter, PhD student, Department of Sociology, University of Salzburg, Austria
Bureaucratic practices in handling stateless persons’ registration, statelessness determination and decision-making.
Visiting Fellows 2019
Janepicha Cheva-Isarakul, PhD Candidate (anthropology), Victoria University of Wellington
Proposed research: Stateless Shan in Thailand; and collaborator on the Centre’s nomadic peoples & statelessness project.
Heather Alexander, PhD Candidate (law), Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Proposed Research: Nomadic peoples and statelessness.
Julija Sardelic, Marie Curie Postdoc Fellow, Leuven International and European, University of Leuven, Belgium
Proposed Research: Statelessness and citizenship of Roma in Europe.
Nyi Nyi Kyaw, Visiting Fellow, Myanmar Studies Program, ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore
Proposed Research: How arbitrary state policies and practices in Myanmar have made citizenship regressively inaccessible for Rohingya.
Lindsey Kingston, Associate Professor, Director, Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, Webster University, USA
Proposed Research: Conceptualising “statelessness-as-punishment” (denationalisation).
20 – 22 November 2019
Application deadline: 1 June 2019
The Statelessness Hallmark Research Initiative, together with the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, is pleased to invite applications to the 2019 Doctoral Workshop on Statelessness & Citizenship. The workshop is the second of its kind, following the success of the inaugural workshop held at Tilburg University in October 2018. The Tilburg University workshop brought together almost twenty PhD candidates from around the world conducting research on statelessness from a variety of disciplines.
This is a fee-free workshop and will run over three days, from 20 – 22 November 2019. It is an opportunity for PhD students (and post-doctoral/early career researchers) researching statelessness and citizenship to workshop ideas, theoretical questions and academic challenges. University of Melbourne based academics and experts will be chosen to facilitate sessions according to the needs and interests of applicants. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a working paper two-weeks prior to the Workshop in order to fully benefit from feedback by facilitators, discussants and colleagues.
The workshop also runs in conjunction with the Melbourne Social Equity Institute’s Annual Researchers Postgraduate Conference on migration, refugees and statelessness. The Conference takes place on 19 November 2019 and applicants are encouraged to attend and present their work at both the Workshop and the Conference.
Limited funding is available to contribute to travel costs for international applicants, please outline if a bursary is sought in the application. Preference will be given to students from less economically developed countries. All applicants are encouraged to seek their own funding sources as bursaries are unlikely to cover the full associated costs for visa, travel and accommodation.
Please download and complete the application form and return it by email to Deirdre Brennan by 1 June 2019.
Applicants will be informed of the success of their application by 14 June 2019 and asked to confirm their attendance by 21 June 2019.