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Manchester/Melbourne call for joint PhD proposals

25 Nov 2022

Our University together with the University of Melbourne continue to support research collaboration and the development of globally engaged researchers

Professor Justin Zobel with PhD students

Established in 2019, annual calls for joint PhD project proposals have so far provided funding for 32 supervisory teams and 40 candidates across the humanities and sciences.

The jointly awarded/dual PhD programmes provide candidates with access to complementary facilities, expertise, and field environments; a global perspective and an international fluency that will enable future developments in their field and provide a pool of talented employees for global academia and industry.

“Although the PhD journey is a challenging process, the potential of this research to make a real impact in society greatly motivates me. I am excited to contribute to addressing climate change, which is one of the most critical global challenges. I am also grateful to be a part of an international collaboration. I have gained a global perspective on problem solving and have been exposed to a variety of resources and networks that I would not have otherwise had.” - Judy Too, PhD Management of Projects

“Having the opportunity to gain knowledge and implement creative research ideas from a supervisory Team from two world-class institutions (The University of Manchester and The University of Melbourne) provides me with the appropriate tools to not only contribute to the premier marketing field but to also help me become a better researcher overall.” - Gerasimos Kakaroumpas, PhD Business and Management

Our University and the University of Melbourne are recruiting their fourth cohort of collaborative postgraduate researchers for fully funded studentships, now known as the ‘Dr Isabel Clifton Cookson Scholarships’.

Dr Isabel Clifton Cookson

A pioneering Australian palaeobotanist, Dr Isabel Clifton Cookson (1893-1973), received her first-class honours in biology and zoology from the University of Melbourne. After graduating she received a government research scholarship to study flora in the Northern Territory, and then travelled to England to work alongside Professor Lang, a specialist in fossil plants at the University of Manchester.

During her 58-year career she authored and co-authored 93 scientific publications, and her papers on fossil plants are said to have helped to shape theories of early plant evolution. 

This dual-award programme offers candidates the opportunity to apply for a project with a strong supervisory team both in Manchester and Melbourne and leads to awards from two partner institutions.

PhD candidates on a dual-award programme can experience research at two quality institutions and supports postgraduate researchers to develop a global perspective and boost intercultural skills.

  • Read about the cohort of projects for Dr Isabel Clifton Cookson Scholarships now open for recruitment on our webpage

Pictured: Professor Justin Zobel, PVC (Graduate and International Research), University of Melbourne, with current dual award PhD students.