Jointly Awarded PhDs

A jointly awarded PhD allows you to be supervised jointly by academics from the University of Melbourne and an approved partner university. It provides opportunities:

  • for an international research experience
  • to gain access to international experts and facilities
  • to develop your international network and enhance your career

The University currently has joint PhD training programs with:

and participates in

You may also be eligible to enrol in a jointly-awarded PhD Program if:

  • there is a genuine research collaboration between your prospective supervisors at the partner institutions or
    there will be an ongoing research relationship between the two supervisors or
    there is a joint PhD Agreement between the University of Melbourne and another tertiary institution; and
  • you are admitted to a PhD at both universities; and
  • you are studying your PhD full time.

Students who commence a Masters degree with the intention of converting to PhD are not eligible to be considered.

If selected for admission to a jointly awarded PhD, you:

  • must meet the academic requirements of both institutions
  • will be enrolled concurrently at the two universities for the entire period of your PhD
  • must spend at least one-third of your candidature (one year) in each university
  • will pay tuition fees at one institution only, normally the institution that you have nominated as the home institution
  • if successful, you will be awarded a single doctoral degree  jointly by the two institutions.

Your enrolment will be governed by an agreement between the University of Melbourne and the partner institution. You, the two institutions and your supervisors must complete the Agreement . It must be finalised well within the first year of candidature and set out the terms and conditions for payment of fees, your roles and responsibilities, enrolment, your supervision, thesis requirements and the procedures for your examination and graduation arrangements. The partner institution may have its own Agreement which may need to be completed.

Financial support

Funding opportunities depend on the location of your home institution. You nominate your home institution (where you will normally be based primarily) at the time of your application. The second institution is referred to as the partner institution. You only pay tuition fees to your home institution.

If the University of Melbourne is your home institution, you:

  • May be eligible for a University of Melbourne living allowance (scholarship): see the Melbourne Scholarships page for more information. Recipients of these scholarships will continue to receive payments while they are undertaking their studies at the partner institution
  • May be considered for travelling scholarships and other support offered through your home faculty or graduate school.

If the University of Melbourne is not your home institution, you will not be eligible for University of Melbourne stipends. We encourage to explore other funding options including:

  • Discuss funding opportunities with your supervisors and intended home institution
  • National and regional government sponsorship schemes
  • Overseas embassies and missions
  • Good Universities Guide, an online database of postgraduate scholarships

How to apply

  1. Apply for admission to the University of Melbourne and to your intended international institution. If the University of Melbourne is your intended home institution, you will automatically be considered for graduate research scholarships for which you are eligible
  2. Complete the Agreement for a Jointly awarded PhD Degree form on our How to Apply page. This Agreement must be submitted to your Department at the time of application. If this is not possible, it must be submitted well within the first year of candidature.

Note that some partner institutions may require their own agreement or contract to be completed. An English translation of any contract or agreement required by the partner university must be provided if it was completed in another language,