Australian Government-Rio Tinto NTRB scholarships
Each year two postgraduate scholarships are available leading to a Master of Laws (LLM) in Mineral Law and Policy at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) at the University of Dundee, Scotland.
About the scholarships
2012/13 scholars, Amy Dennison and Julia Taylor at the University of Dundee
The scholarships are administered by the Aurora Project and funded by:
- Rio Tinto plc (RT)
- Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)
- The Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP).
The 2005 Report identified problems with the recruitment and retention of lawyers to the native title system and in particular to NTRBs. Both the Aurora Native Title Internship Program and the Australian Government - Rio Tinto NTRB Scholarships are contributing to improved recruitment and retention at NTRBs. Initially funded by Rio Tinto, in 2009 the scholarships were renamed the Australian Government - Rio Tinto NTRB Scholarships in recognition of funding provided by the government.
Applying for an Australian Government - Rio Tinto NTRB Scholarship Program
All applications for the Australian Government - Rio Tinto NTRB Scholarships need to be submitted via the online application form during the application period.
Preparing and submitting your application
Prepare the required information in a SINGLE Microsoft Word file of not more than 5MB that includes:
- a statement of purpose of not more than 1,000 words
- a scanned electronic version of your academic transcript
- a curriculum vitae
- a scanned passport-sized photo.
Save your Microsoft Word document using the following format:
- surname.first name.scholarship.app.doc
- eg., smith.jane.scholarship.app.doc
Attach the SINGLE Microsoft Word file to your online application form and submit your application prior to the closing date.
Mail a hard copy of your academic transcript to Kim Barlin, Placements and Scholarship Manager.
How the selection process works
Candidates will be evaluated by a selection committee made up of academic and industry representatives
Short-listed candidates will be notified in early May if they are required to attend an interview by video link in mid-May. Travel costs for short-listed candidates will be covered by Rio Tinto where applicable
Once successful candidates are notified by Aurora they must complete an application form to the LLM program with the University of Dundee. At that point candidate applications will be forwarded on to Dundee for final acceptance.
Structure of the Masters of Law program
The Master of Laws (LLM) in Mineral Law and Policy provides students with:
- knowledge of the current legal, policy and economic issues and challenges in mineral resources investment and development
- a comparison of national laws, regulations and contractual arrangements that currently govern the exploitation of mineral resources
- the opportunity to develop sophisticated legal and policy approaches to mineral resource management and sustainable development within the industry
- the skills required to advise the various stakeholders that participate in the industry.
The core subjects cover:
- both the substantive law relating to mining practice and the international and local context of the industry
- the relationships and conflicts between those who are most affected by mining law and policy - mining companies, the state, indigenous peoples, landowners and the local community.
Program requirements include:
- the three core subjects
- elective subjects to specialisation in human rights, investment law, environmental law and project analysis and mining finance.
- a dissertation, PhD proposal or an industry internship.
- Study commences in September for one year of full time study, made up of three terms.
- An internship either at Rio Tinto or with one of its outside counsel during the August holiday period (with some flexibility around timeframe) may be possible depending on exams, coursework and other research commitments.
For more information about the LLM program please visit the University of Dundee's website.
What costs does the scholarship cover?
The total value of the scholarship is A$43,008 paid in British Pounds (as at Aug 2012):
|Living allowance for 12 months, paid monthly||£11,004|
|Airfares and reasonable relocation expenses||£1,550|
|Thesis/assignment preparation allowance||£354|
- Living allowance is paid to each scholar directly into their bank account, monthly in arrears with the first payment by the end of September. Payments will stop if the scholar chooses to return home before the 12 months study period is complete.
- Arrival allowance will be transferred directly to the scholar’s bank accounts by the end of September.
- Thesis allowance will be transferred directly to the scholar’s bank account by the end of April.
FaHCSIA provides an additional A$15,000 towards the living expenses of those recipients of the scholarship who are working in an NTRB at the time they receive the scholarship.
What conditions apply to the scholarships?
Scholarship recipients must agree to:
- work for a minimum of two years at an NTRB providing mining and resources-related legal advice to native title claimants in Australia following graduation from the LLM program. This work may be as an employee of one or more NTRBs, or another entity involved in advising traditional owners.
Who can apply?
To apply for a scholarship candidates must:
- be Australian citizens or permanent residents, and normally reside in Australia
- have successfully completed a Bachelor of Laws degree at an Australian tertiary institution by close of semester one of the year that they are applying for the scholarship
- be prepared to make a legally binding commitment to provide mining and resources- related legal advice to native title claimants in Australia, for a minimum of two years, within the NTRB system.
There are no age restrictions for applicants.
Participation in the scholarship program links you to Aurora’s extensive alumni network. As an alumnus, you will receive emails inviting you to events and directing you to check employment opportunities in the area of native title, policy development and Indigenous affairs at the job network on this website.