International Research Training Groups (IRTGs)


Open call until the end of 2022


International Research Training Groups (IRTGs) are organised, cohort-based programs that foster joint enrolment and supervision of graduate researchers by Melbourne academics and their international peers. This scheme supports the development of new IRTGs with world’s best research organisations where these partners demonstrate the same commitment to high-quality joint research and research training activities. As a major element of the University’s International Research and Research Training Fund (IRRTF), these IRTGs will be expected to benefit Melbourne participants by lifting the overall quality and impact of their research through collaboration with leading researchers and teams internationally. Guided by the Research at Melbourne (R@M) Strategy: Excellence and Impact to 2025, the strategic focus will remain on developing IRTGs with German, Chinese and Indian partners. Establishment of IRTGs with leading research institutions in other countries is also encouraged provided that they meet the scheme’s investment criteria.


The UoM Lead Applicant (academic lead) and other principal investigators must be employed full-time by the University of Melbourne. Honorary staff at Melbourne cannot be listed as a primary supervisor or academic lead, but can participate in co-supervision of Joint PhDs.


Review the guidelines on the Staff Research Hub before submitting an Expression of Interest.