How to apply

Discover how you can join the Melbourne India Postgraduate Academy (MIPA) as a joint PhD candidate.

To apply to become a joint PhD candidate with MIPA, follow these steps.

  1. Select one of the available projects listed on our current opportunities page and contact the supervisors from both universities to discuss the opportunity.

    Alternatively, if you want to propose your own PhD project, please head to the “Propose your own PhD project” section at the bottom of the page.

  2. Once you have obtained support for the project from both supervisors, you may apply for a PhD program at your home university first, and then at the partner university. Please read the guidelines below before applying. The guidelines outline the eligibility criteria and selection process for the relevant program. Please note that the MIPA joint PhD program can also be referred to as the “Dual Doctoral Program (DDP)” or the “Joint Degree Program (JDP)”.
  3. Make sure you meet the eligibility criteria listed right below.


To be eligible, you must:

  • Be an Indian graduate with a GPA greater or equal to 8.5, who is currently:
    • enrolled in their first degree at one of the four partner institutions (IITK, IITM, IITKgp and IISc)
    • enrolled in PhD coursework at one of the four partner institutions (Without their first degree from there)
  • Meet the eligibility criteria of, or currently be enrolled in, a relevant PhD course at the University of Melbourne.

Guidelines and application links

Guidelines for:

Apply for a joint PhD program at:

Diversity and inclusion

We are firmly committed to the principles of Diversity and Inclusion, and all applications will be evaluated relative to prior opportunities. Workplace accommodations for people with a disability can be raised prior to the application through a direct email to the supervisors or discussed with short-listed candidates during the interview phase. Candidates from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Financial support

All joint PhD candidates are eligible for a scholarship that provides a living allowance. It is awarded for 3 years with the possibility of a 6-month extension. All joint PhD candidates receive waivers of their tuition fees at both institutions for up to 4 years.

Propose your own PhD project

We welcome ideas for new joint PhD projects, in addition to those already advertised. All joint PhD projects must be carried out with one of the University’s partner institutions. Note that the normal application process will apply.

For more information on proposing joint PhD projects, and a list of our joint PhD partner institutions, visit the Joint PhDs page.

Contact us

If you have questions about the joint PhD program or the application process, contact us.

First published on 22 March 2022.

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