International joint PhD opportunities

When you undertake a joint PhD you will access expertise, resources and training from two institutions. As well as the University of Melbourne, you will spend at least 12 months at an international institution. This means your research will benefit from a global perspective, enhancing your prospects for an international research career. Upon completion, your joint PhD will be recognised by two testamurs – one from each partner university.

Learn how an international joint PhD opportunity in chemistry helped fulfil both professional and personal ambitions for Dr Susi Seibt. Since completing her joint PhD in Germany and Australia, Dr Seibt has landed her dream job at the Australian Synchrotron.

We have a range of international joint PhD opportunities that are currently available. These positions are all fully funded. They exist across a range of disciplines, at universities and research institutions around the world.

Current joint PhD research opportunities

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    Exciton science

    Eight fully funded joint PhD positions to research light-based energy in exciton science, with the University of Bayreuth (Germany).

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    Energy

    Four fully funded joint PhD positions in energy-related projects, with RWTH Aachen University (Germany).

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    Infrastructure Engineering

    Seven fully funded joint PhD opportunities in spatial information, sensor networks, and water resource management, with the Melbourne India Postgraduate Academy (India).

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    Atomic resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy

    One fully funded joint PhD position in atomic resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy, with the Jülich Research Centre (Germany).

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    Cell-scale MRI

    One fully funded joint PhD position available investigating detection of MRI signals on the cellular level, with Hebrew University Jerusalem (Israel).

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    Machine learning for second language acquisition

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions in machine learning for second language acquisition, with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel).

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    Canine and feline veterinary science

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions studying canine and feline vector-borne zoonoses and leishmaniasis, with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel).

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    Decarbonising transportation

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions in decarbonising future transport with ammonia fueled engines, with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China).

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    Expanding the construct of second language assessments

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions researching a corpus-based approach to measuring second language academic writing assessments, with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China).

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    Root growth in varying soil layers

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions studying how a root changes its ability to grow through different layers of soil, with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China).

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    Modelling malaria elimination

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions in modelling China's successes to malaria elimination in the Asia-Pacific, with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China).

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    Housing creative workers

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions in a comparative study of housing creative workers in Shanghai and Melbourne, with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China).

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    Molecular mechanisms of secretion systems

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions investigating the molecular mechanism of effector secretion by the bacterial type IV secretion system, with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China).

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    Brain imaging in depression treatments

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions in brain imaging predictors of rapid treatment response to low-dose ketamine in patients with severe depression, with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China).

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    Influence of urban greenspaces on biodiversity

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions studying the influence of urban greenspaces on biodiversity related to human health and wellbeing in Shanghai and Melbourne, with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China).

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    Sustainable geospatial information management

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions in governance modelling for sustainable geospatial information management using emerging technologies, with KU Leuven (Belgium).

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    Translation policy and practice

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions in effective translation policies and practices for official communication with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, with KU Leuven (Belgium).

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    Algorithms for industrial optimisation

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions in trustworthy and insightful algorithms for industrial decision making, with KU Leuven (Belgium).

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    Stem cell therapy

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions stem in cell therapy for the treatment of gastrointestinal motility disorders targeting defects in neuronal wiring, with KU Leuven (Belgium).

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    Critical phenomena in spectra

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions in critical phenomena in complex and real spectra, with KU Leuven (Belgium).

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    Multifunctional nanomaterials for cancer therapies

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions in advanced cell models and multifunctional nanomaterials for light-mediated cancer therapies, with KU Leuven (Belgium).

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    Tackling neurodegenerative disorders

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions in tackling neurodegenerative disorders, with KU Leuven (Belgium).

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    Environmental performance of buildings and cities

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions in data and tools for improving the environmental performance of buildings and cities, with KU Leuven (Belgium).

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    Emerging global risks in actuarial science

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions in the valuation and advanced learning methods for emerging global risks in actuarial science, with KU Leuven (Belgium).

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    Offshore renewable energy foundations

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions in cyclic soil-structure interaction framework for the foundations of offshore renewable energy structures, with KU Leuven (Belgium).

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    Liquid metals in emerging technologies

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions in versatile usage of liquid metals in emerging microwave technologies, with KU Leuven (Belgium).

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    Cardiomyocyte growth and function modelling

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions in subcellular Ca2+ signalling microdomains regulating cardiomyocyte growth and function, with KU Leuven (Belgium).

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    Computational analysis of cognitive processes

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions investigating how cognitive processes have applied changes to language development or library classifications over time, with the University of Toronto (Canada).

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    Bone-cartilage interactions in osteoarthritis

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions in mechanobiology aiming to understand the impact of estrogen loss on osteochondral outcomes, with the University of Toronto (Canada).

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    Bacterial pathogenesis

    Three fully funded joint PhD positions exploring bacterial pathogenesis projects in two unique training environments, with the University of Toronto (Canada).

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    Pandemic recovery

    One fully funded joint PhD position exploring the experience of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in vulnerable groups, with the University of Toronto (Canada).

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    Rehabilitation outcomes in childhood stroke

    One fully funded joint PhD position investigating the clinical and neural course of sub-acute recovery in children with stroke, with the University of Toronto (Canada).

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    Geotechnical engineering

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions in offshore floating renewable energy devices, with the University of Toronto (Canada).

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    Public health insurance programs

    One fully funded joint PhD position researching the design and effectiveness of public health insurance programs in India, with the University of Toronto (Canada).

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    Advances in nanomaterials devices and applications

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions in novel photodetectors based on nanomaterials: devices and applications, with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China).

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    Development of next generation floating wind and wave turbines

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions to develop a novel foundation to secure floating renewable energy turbines with Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China).

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    Changing urban water profiles and hygiene and sanitation practices

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions examining cultural and socio-environmental changes in China, with the University of Manchester (United Kingdom).

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    Transport networks, globalisation and urbanisation

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions exploring urban and political impacts of large-scale transport projects in Pakistan, Kenya and Tanzania, with the University of Manchester (United Kingdom).

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    Shallow convection comparisons

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions researching the characteristics of and precipitation from shallow convective clouds, with the University of Manchester (United Kingdom).

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    Nanotechnology for enhancing energy outputs

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions exploring the use of nanomaterials and 3D printing for energy harvesting and batteries, with the University of Manchester (United Kingdom).

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    Melanoma recurrences

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions investigating the identification of melanoma relapse in patients, with the University of Manchester (United Kingdom).

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    Diagnosing listening difficulties in children

    Two fully funded joint PhD positions exploring the relationship between auditory, speech and language processing and cognitive abilities in children, with the University of Manchester (United Kingdom).

Next steps

Find out more about our international partner institutions and how to apply for a joint PhD.