Deadline: October 26, 2020

Call for Projects are now open for the University of Melbourne/University of Manchester Dual Award PhD Studentship 2021/2022. The University of Melbourne (Melbourne) and the University of Manchester (Manchester) seek to support research collaboration and the development of globally-engaged researchers through the international research training group for jointly awarded/ dual PhDs.

Jointly awarded/ dual PhD programmes provide candidates with access to complementary facilities, expertise and field environments, a global perspective and an international fluency that will enable future developments in their field and provide a pool of talented employees for global academia and industry.

Each successful PI collaborating team, consisting of one PI from Manchester and one PI from Melbourne, will receive funding for two jointly awarded/ dual PhD candidates, one based in Manchester and one based in Melbourne.


Up to a total of twelve (12) PhD scholarships will be awarded. Melbourne is funding up to 6 PhD scholarships and Manchester is funding up to 6 PhD scholarships in 2021-2022. Scholarship duration is 42 months.

Funding for each studentship will include:

  • Tuition fees
  • A full living stipend allowance
  • Research training support
  • Health insurance and
  • Travel allowance.


  • Open to a supervisory team of at least two principal investigators (PI) with capacity to supervise two PhD candidates. One PI must be employed by The University of Manchester and the other must be employed by The University of Melbourne.
  • Each PI must meet the supervisor eligibility criteria set by their own institution and each PI is responsible for checking their own eligibility.
  • Each pair of PIs should submit two projects (one for a Melbourne scholarship and one for a Manchester scholarship).
  • There should not be any interdependence between these two projects.
  • At least 12 months of the project should be spent at either institution (i.e. at least 12 months at Melbourne and 12 months at Manchester)

Project proposals are open to all research areas, however priority will be given to the following areas identified as fields of mutual Manchester/Melbourne research strength:

  • Quantum Science & Nano Technology;
  • Biomaterials & Bioelectronics;
  • Creative Economy;
  • Urbanism & Cities;
  • Immunology and Inflammation;
  • Cancer.


Applicants are required to review the guidelines in the Project proposal call document.

The Smart PDF application form should be prepared jointly by the Primary Investigators from both Manchester and Melbourne and submitted to Mark Gregory at the University of Melbourne via email ( by the deadline date.

Complete and submit the Project proposal call application form

For more information, visit Dual Award PhD Studentship.

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