Scholarship 2019

The Global Mobility Immigration Lawyers Scholarship is an annual initiative, open to all students enrolled in a course of secondary, tertiary or post-graduate practical education/training. Each year students are invited to explore issues touching on the intersection of immigration, law, social justice and multiculturalism.

2019 Scholarship Topic

The topic for 2019 is:

The Racist Inside Me

Human beings have a dark side, and xenophobia – a fear of, or discomfort with, foreigners - is arguably, at least in part, a natural evolutionary response to difference. At the same time, human beings also have a natural inclination to community and a capacity to overcome our darker impulses and fears.

Discuss a time when you felt xenophobic and how you have since evolved.

Format & Criteria 

There is no set format, provided that it can be engaged with online. Your submission might take the form of a traditional or photo essay; a documentary or animated video; a short story or biography; a series of interviews; a poster or infographic; a stand-up comedy routine or a cartoon; or any other form that can be transmitted online. 


The winner shall be awarded:

1. $500; and

2. an additional $500 donated to their choice  (subject to our right to veto any organisation we consider inappropriate) of:

(a) community legal centre; or

(b) university/school/TAFE; or

(c) any non-profit that assists immigrants 


A winner will be selected by a national panel of some of Australia's most distinguished lawyers, academics and journalists. The panel comprises:

Dr Laurie Berg, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney

Associate Professor Peter Billings, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland

Kathy Bogoyev, Principal Solicitor, The Humanitarian Group

Josh Butler, Senior Reporter, Network Ten

Professor Mary Crock, Professor of Public Law, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney

Ben Doherty, Immigration Correspondent, The Guardian

Professor Michelle Foster, Director, Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

Dr Daniel Ghezelbash, Senior Lecturer, Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University

Dr Lisa Hartley, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Human Rights Education, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University

Tanya Jackson-Vaughan, Executive Director, Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS)

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny, Associate Professor in Law, Murdoch 

Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM, CEO & Founder, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)

Michael Koziol, Immigration and Legal Affairs Reporter, Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

Professor Wendy Lacey, Dean and Head of the School of Law, University of South Australia

Greg Mackay, Director, Refugee and Immigration Legal Service (RAILS)

Dr Rowena Maguire, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology

David Manne, Executive Director and Principal Solicitor, Refugee Legal

Ali Mojtahedi, Principal Solicitor, Immigration Advice & Rights Centre (IARC)

Dr Maria O'Sullivan, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Monash University

Gary Samowitz, CEO, Stand Up

Associate Professor Matthew Zagor, Director of Law Reform And Social Justice, ANU College of Law, Australian National University

In the event of a large number of submissions, Global Mobility Immigration Lawyers will narrow the entries to a shortlist of finalists from which the judging panel will make its selection. 

Key Dates 2019

We will be taking submissions from 7 January 2019 to 1 October 2019The national panel of judges will deliberate, following which a winner will be announced on 1 November 2019.

Rules, Terms and Conditions

1. Applicants must be enrolled in a course of secondary or tertiary education or otherwise a postgraduate course of practical training required for qualification in any given vocation/profession.  All members of a team submission must meet this requirement.

2. Submissions:

(a) must be capable of being read/viewed/engaged with online 

(b) must be original content and not published anywhere else

(c) must not be offensive or defamatory

Failure to comply with the Rules will result in disqualification.

Global Mobility Immigration Lawyers will retain exclusive rights to the content and final form of all submissions, which will be published at our discretion.

How to Apply

Submit your entry (or entries) and evidence of enrolment to with the subject heading “Scholarship Submission 2019”. Large files may need to be provided via a file sharing service such as OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive etc.

All submission(s) should include the following information for the applicant (or for each applicant for team submissions):

  • name
  • university/school/college/TAFE etc
  • course
  • year level
  • email address and telephone number*

*Entrants under 18 must provide their submissions via a teacher at their school, and contact details should be those of the relevant teacher responsible, not the student.

What People Are Saying

“Racism and discrimination are manifestations of hurtful learnings. This topic courageously addresses the behaviour dictated by racism, such as unconscious bias, and it's brave conversations like this which could help us confront head-on what's happening in our society, how to reduce it, prevent it and stop it"

-Helen Kapalos, Chairperson, Victorian Multicultural Commission

“Bigotry is a learned trait. Nobody is born a bigot. It is something you imbibe from your family and cultural environment. I think this topic is fascinating as it encourages people to enter into the confession booth so to speak. My only reservation is that the essay does ask people to look into themselves and to be really honest. Given that it is such a challenging and complex topic, I’m not sure how many people will shine.”

-Dr Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission

 “I think it’s great, it encourages important self-reflection and awareness and to look at how we balance our worst instincts with our ability to be compassionate, welcoming and loving and how fear and hate just as it is learnt can be unlearnt”

- Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM, CEO & Founder, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)

“It is confronting and forces people to reflect on their own internal biases – we all have them, although you would hope that over time they would be challenged and weakened - and I would hope that it inspires some really creative entries.”

-Professor Wendy Lacey, Dean and Head of the School of Law, University of South Australia

“I love the question…I think it is important to have a full and frank discussion about racism in Australia. It may dig up some ugly stuff, but I’m confident the good will outweigh the bad.”

-Dr Daniel Ghezelbash, Senior Lecturer, Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University

“I think the topic is great – an opportunity for students to reach inside of themselves and explore their impulses, ethics and considered choices!”

-Dr Laurie Berg, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney

Good Luck!

We look forward to receiving your Scholarship submission and wish you the best of luck.

All queries should be emailed to with the subject heading “Scholarship Query”.
The GloMo Immigration Lawyers Scholarship is an annual competition, open to all tertiary and high school students in Australia. Each year students will be invited to explore issues touching on the intersection of immigration, law, social justice and the Australian community.
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