Build your global research career with an international Joint PhD degree

Undertake a PhD degree, while being jointly supervised by leading academics here in Melbourne and at one of our overseas partner institutions.

Through a Joint PhD you will:

  • Access expertise, resources and world-class training at Melbourne and a leading institution abroad, spending at least 12 months of your candidature at each
  • Gain complementary skills from international colleagues to increase the impact of your research
  • Grow your international networks and develop a truly global perspective
  • Become part of two high-quality research environments and cultures
  • Have the joint nature of your PhD recognised by two testamurs – one from each partner university

Our existing Joint PhD activities include:

Explore our existing Joint PhD training programs by study area

Our Australian-German Climate & Energy College offers an interdisciplinary environment for Joint PhD training with one of three German institutions: the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the University of Bayreuth, and the University of Potsdam.

Our Australian-German Climate & Energy College offers an interdisciplinary environment for Joint PhD training with one of three German institutions: the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the University of Bayreuth, and the University of Potsdam.

Our Australian-German Climate & Energy College offers an interdisciplinary environment for Joint PhD training with one of three German institutions: the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the University of Bayreuth, and the University of Potsdam.

Our Melbourne India Postgraduate Academy (MIPA) is a Joint PhD training program with one of three top Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs): IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur, and IIT Kharagpur.

Our Jülich-University of Melbourne Postgraduate Academy (JUMPA) is a multidisciplinary Joint PhD training program with the Jülich Research Centre, Germany.

Our Australian-German Climate & Energy College offers an interdisciplinary environment for Joint PhD training with one of three German institutions: the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the University of Bayreuth, and the University of Potsdam.

Our Australian-German Climate & Energy College offers an interdisciplinary environment for Joint PhD training with one of three German institutions: the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the University of Bayreuth, and the University of Potsdam.

Our Bonn and Melbourne Research and Graduate School (Bo&MeRanG) is a Joint PhD training program in immunology with the University of Bonn, Germany.

Our Jülich-University of Melbourne Postgraduate Academy (JUMPA) is a multidisciplinary Joint PhD training program with the Jülich Research Centre, Germany.

Our Australian-German Climate & Energy College offers an interdisciplinary environment for Joint PhD training with one of three German institutions: the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the University of Bayreuth, and the University of Potsdam.

Our Bayreuth-Melbourne Colloid/Polymer Network is a research network that offers a Joint PhD training program with the University of Bayreuth, Germany.

Our Melbourne India Postgraduate Academy (MIPA) is a Joint PhD training program with one of three top Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs): IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur, and IIT Kharagpur.

Our Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Program (MelPoPP) is a Joint PhD training program with the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (MPI-MP) and the University of Potsdam (UP), Germany.

Our Jülich-University of Melbourne Postgraduate Academy (JUMPA) is a multidisciplinary Joint PhD training program with the Jülich Research Centre, Germany.

Our Australian-German Climate & Energy College offers an interdisciplinary environment for Joint PhD training with one of three German institutions: the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the University of Bayreuth, and the University of Potsdam.

Identify a Joint PhD opportunity in any discipline with one of our international partner universities, including those in:

  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • University of Bayreuth
  • University of Bonn
  • University of Cologne
  • University of Potsdam
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • University of Delhi (Universitas 21 partner)

Identify a Joint PhD opportunity in any discipline with another international institution

Please contact joint-phd@unimelb.edu.au to discuss possibilities.

Application process for a Joint PhD

You apply for the Joint PhD nominating either Melbourne or an overseas institution as your home institution. Your home institution is the one where you will be primarily based, and normally spend most of your time. Your partner institution will host your research stay of at least 12 months. Your PhD research will be jointly supervised by two academics, one from each partner institution. The level of funding support (for example, to cover tuition fees or a stipend) will depend on the location of your home institution.

If we are your home institution you will:

  • Receive a fee-remission scholarship to waive your Melbourne tuition fees
  • Access one of more than 600 living allowance scholarships made available to graduate researchers every year (see the Scholarships page for more information)
  • Continue receiving a living allowance scholarship while undertaking your research overseas at your partner institution
  • Be encouraged to apply for travelling scholarships and other financial support offered through your home faculty, graduate school, or an external sponsor

Although our partner universities usually waive tuition fees, be sure to check if this is the case with your proposed partner.

If the University of Melbourne is not your home institution, you will need to explore other funding options with your supervisor at your intended home institution. This should include your home university’s tuition fees and living allowance for the duration of your degree, including the time when you are hosted by us as your partner university.

As your partner university, we will award you a fee-remission scholarship for the duration of your PhD.

Your candidature agreement

Your enrolment and candidature will be governed by an agreement between us and your partner institution. This Agreement for a Jointly-Awarded PhD Degree will outline your location periods (of at least 12 months) at each institution, thesis requirements, as well as supervision, funding, examination and graduation arrangements.

How to apply

  • Make sure you meet the entry requirements for a PhD at both partner universities
  • Identify your supervisors at each institution who have agreed to jointly supervise your PhD
  • Choose which of the two partner institutions you nominate as your home institution
  • Follow the steps to apply for entry to a PhD at Melbourne on our How to Apply page
    • Be sure to specify that you want to be considered for a Joint PhD, and indicate the details of your external university under the Partner University Details section
    • Complete the Agreement for a Jointly-Awarded PhD Degree form in consultation with your proposed supervisors and email it to joint-phd@unimelb.edu.au. This form should be submitted at the time of application and must be processed within your first year of candidature
  • Apply independently for entry to a PhD at your partner university via their application process

For further information and advice please contact joint-phd@unimelb.edu.au

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