The Melbourne School of Government is recruiting future research leaders.

The new Melbourne School of Government Doctoral Academy is now open for applications from currently enrolled University of Melbourne PhD students. The Doctoral Academy is being launched to create a vibrant research community and enhance the research and leadership training experience of PhD students working on topics that are connected with MSoG's four research themes. It is designed for emerging research leaders who are interested in engaging across disciplines, whether in terms of research questions, ideas, theories or methods.

There will be three levels of membership:

  • Affiliates
  • Associates
  • Alumni

We are currently accepting applications for affiliation with the Melbourne School of Government and to be part of our forthcoming launch. Affiliates will then be invited for consideration as Associates. Associate membership will open soon, but only confirmed PhD students will be eligible and places will be limited. The application process will involve submission of a written research paper and personal statement, to be considered by an expert committee.

Associates will be accorded with the following privileges:

  • Expert feedback on research and assistance with developing a peer-reviewed publication
  • Eligibility for best paper prize
  • Competitive access to funding for research enhancement activities
  • The title of Associate of the Melbourne School of Government, personal profile on our website, and business cards
  • Priority access to office space in our headquarters
  • Dedicated Masterclasses with senior academics and international visitors, and workshops of policy impact, public and media engagement, leadership development, and building an academic career

Prospective PhD students should enrol through the relevant disciplinary Department or School based on their chosen supervisor rather than directly with MSoG.

PhD applications are managed at the Faculty level and contacts can be found on the Future Students Graduate researchers web page.


Dr Scott Brenton is the Coordinator of the Doctor Academy. Scott is a Lecturer in Political Science in the Faculty of Arts, and jointly leading the Melbourne School of Government’s Renewing Australian Federalism research project. His research examines ethics and accountability, particularly how citizens in different capacities hold both state and non-state power to account in areas where possible mechanisms are undefined or absent. He is co-editor of the forthcoming book Constitutional Conventions in Westminster Systems: Controversies, Changes and Challenges (Cambridge University Press).

Pathways to research

If you're interested in undertaking a research higher degree sometime in the future, but currently don't meet the eligibility criteria to apply for one, you may want to consider a Masters or Postgraduate Diploma program that offers a thesis option.

If you are interested in studying the Master of Arts (Research) as a pathway to the Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) please be aware you must complete the compulsory PhD Coursework to be eligible to convert.

If you're unsure, contact us for more information.

Phone: +61 3 9035 4444