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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    Shape shifting molecules

    Two fully funded Joint PhD positions to use light to control and explore molecular structure and function with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel).

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    Mental health and cognitive status in late life depression (LLD)

    Two fully funded Joint PhD positions to improve outcomes related to mental health and cognitive status in late life depression (LLD) with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel).

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    Motivational strength in emotional regulation

    Two fully funded Joint PhD positions on motivational strength in emotional regulation critical for psychological wellbeing with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel).

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    Immunology and infection

    Various fully joint PhD positions available in the field of infection and immunity, with the University of Bonn (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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    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).

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Cardiomyocyte growth and function modelling

    One fully funded joint PhD position in subcellular Ca2+ signalling microdomains regulating cardiomyocyte growth and function, 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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    Algorithms for industrial optimisation

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Energy

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

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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).

Next steps

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

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