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Two new PhD Scholarships: Optimal Regulation of Voluntary Assisted Dying

Two PhD scholarships are available for this Australian Research Council Future Fellowship research project led by Professor Ben White. It is intended that the PhD candidates would work primarily on the comparative case studies of voluntary assisted dying (VAD) regulation in Canada and Belgium (where VAD has been lawful for longer periods) but there will also be exposure to the wider project.

The project is an interdisciplinary one. Although based in the Law Faculty, applications for these scholarships will be considered from other disciplines including regulation, social science, bioethics and health/public policy.

Scholarship recipients will receive a living allowance for three years, indexed annually ($28,092 in 2020). The scholarships are tax exempt for full-time students and can be used to support living costs.

About the project

Enhancing End-of-Life Decision-Making: Optimal Regulation of Voluntary Assisted Dying is an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship research project led by Professor Ben White in the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

The project will explore regulation of voluntary assisted dying as a new and important aspect of end-of-life decision-making and propose a new optimal regulatory framework for VAD in Australia.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this scholarship, you will need to meet the entry requirements for a PhD.

This scholarship is open to future domestic research students and future international research students who are currently resident in Australia.

The conditions for retaining the scholarship are set out in the rules of the QUT Postgraduate Research Award (Domestic) or QUT Postgraduate Research Award (International) (Please note: International applicants MUST be currently resident in Australia to be eligible to apply).

How to apply

You should contact Professor Ben White ( to discuss your application prior to submission.

Your application must include:

  • a cover letter
  • an up-to-date CV
  • full academic transcript
  • a sample of academic or research writing that you have produced
  • details of three referees (email, address, contact number).

Applications must be received by 1 October 2020. More information is available at QUT Scholarships.

About Ben White

Professor Ben WhiteProfessor Ben White is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (Professorial level, 2020-2024) in the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at the Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology.

His area of research focus is end-of-life decision-making with a particular focus on voluntary assisted dying.

Ben’s research has had significant impact leading to changes in law, policy and practice. His work has been adopted by parliaments, courts and tribunals, and law reform commissions and has also influenced State and national end-of-life policy and prompted changes to clinical education in universities, hospitals and health departments.

You can learn more about Ben and his research and publications in his staff profile.

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