We are currently recruiting joint PhD candidates to join the Melbourne and Manchester Graduate Research Group. Each supervisory team oversees a pair of joint PhD projects on related, but separate research topics. One project’s home institution is the University of Melbourne and the other home institution is the the University of Manchester.
Candidates spend a minimum of 12 months at both universities, providing a multidisciplinary cohort experience with other Melbourne and Manchester Graduate Research Group joint PhD candidates.
Joint PhD candidates will benefit from the collective resources, networks and expertise of supervisors at the University of Melbourne and the University of Manchester. Funding for each candidate will include tuition fees, a full living allowance (stipend), health insurance and travel allowance. At the successful completion of the program, each candidate will be eligible to receive a PhD, recognised by testamurs from each of the two universities.
To apply, decide on which projects below pique your interest and head to the how to apply page for details on the next steps.
From Slavery to Settler Colonialism: Atlantic Capital and the Colonisation of the Port Phillip District
We are recruiting a joint PhD candidate to investigate how features of the tumour microenvironment and immune response contribute to melanoma progression
From Plantation Slavery to Imperial Labour: Exploiting Workers in Britain, India and Australia
One fully funded project is available to explore how economic thinking, colonial governance and business practice shifted to generate new forms of imperial labour in Britain and its empire between 1750 and 1850.
An historical overview of postcolonial literary studies in Australia from 1970 to the present
One fully funded project is available to explore an historical overview of postcolonial literary studies in Australia from 1970 to the present
Correlating brain and systemic inflammation with peripheral and central neurodegeneration in mice and humans
One fully funded project using an experimental model of stroke to longitudinally measure inflammatory markers and immune cell activation in the brain, blood and eye at acute and long-term timepoints after stroke is available.
Correlating brain and systemic inflammation with ocular immune activation in mice and humans following stroke
One fully funded project on eye, brain and systemic correlates of inflammation is available.
Publishing the Postcolonial 1960–present
One fully funded project is available to explore the evolution and continued relevance of postcolonial journals to the development of postcolonial studies.
Cysteinolic Acid Metabolism in Marine Algae and its Fate in Humans
One fully funded project on the structural and chemical biology of organosulfur metabolism is available.
Discovery of New Pathways for Marine Organosulfur Metabolism
One fully funded project on the chemical biology of organosulfur metabolism is available.
Nature’s coloured materials and bioinspired applications
One fully funded project is available to investigate the microscopic structures that produce colour (and manipulate light more broadly) in beetles, with applications for bioinspired materials.
Investigating inflammatory and neuronal mechanisms driving cognitive dysfunction in mild traumatic brain injury (concussion)
One fully funded project on concussion is available.
Bioinspired colourimetric sensors and indicators through photonic structures
One fully funded project is available opportunity to advance bio-inspired engineering and material development towards more cost-effective and greener material technologies for advanced applications.
Targeting neuroinflammation to limit neuronal cell damage in traumatic brain injury
One fully funded project studying traumatic brain injury is available.
Improved decision making for fluoride removal from groundwater in Indian communities
We are recruiting a joint PhD candidate to develop user-friendly and cost-effective fluoride removal systems/filters adaptable for household or community use.
Tools for precision agriculture, climate resilience and environmental benefits
We are recruiting a joint PhD candidate to use machine-learning-based data analytics to model agroecosystem processes.
Propose your own joint PhD
If these joint PhD opportunities don’t align with your interests, you may also propose your own research project. Please contact potential supervisors directly to discuss project ideas and funding options. Contact details for our research staff, their areas of expertise and supervision availability are available here.
First published on 29 March 2022.
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How to apply
Once you’ve identified a joint PhD project that you’re interested in, you can apply to the Melbourne Manchester graduate research group (Cookson Scholars).
See the research projects that are currently being undertaken by Melbourne and Manchester Graduate Research Group members.
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