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Dual award PhD studentship call for projects 

The University of Manchester (Manchester) and the University of Melbourne (Melbourne) support research collaboration and the development of globally engaged researchers through the Manchester and Melbourne Graduate Research Group. Established in 2019, annual calls for joint PhD project proposals have so far provided funding for 32 supervisory teams and 44 candidates across the humanities and sciences. 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.

Melbourne and Manchester are calling for project proposals to establish pairs of jointly awarded/dual PhD research projects. Each successful team of collaborating Primary Investigators (PIs) will receive funding for two jointly awarded/dual PhD candidates, one based in Manchester and one based in Melbourne. Funding for each candidate will include tuition fees, a full living stipend allowance, research training support, health insurance and travel allowance.

Project proposals are open to all research areas, particularly those that are of mutual research strength for Manchester and Melbourne. However, Manchester’s Faculty of Humanities particularly encourages applications linked to its five priority research themes:

  • Global inequalities
  • Sustainable futures
  • Digital futures
  • Creativity
  • Post-Covid society

At the end of the successful completion of the programme, each candidate will be eligible to receive a PhD, recognised by two award certificates, one from Melbourne and one from Manchester, stating the joint nature of the award and name of the partner institution.

Both institutions have identified funding for up to 6 PhD studentships under this scheme, with students expected to start in September 2023 in Manchester and before March 2024 in Melbourne.

How to apply

  1. Review the Manchester Melbourne project proposal call guidelines

  2. Obtain the necessary approvals (University of Melbourne only)
    All Melbourne PIs must ensure that the Head of Department/School and Associate Dean (Graduate Research) endorsement is attached to the application using the approval forms provided on the Researcher Development Schemes website. Melbourne applicants who hold an Honorary position must also complete the Honorary declaration form.

    If the application involves a PI from Melbourne's Faculty of Arts, the approval forms must be provided in addition to the supporting statement on how the candidates will be the Faculty’s PhD coursework requirement.‌

  3. Complete and submit the SmartyGrants application form‌
    The application form should be prepared jointly by the Primary Investigators from both Manchester and Melbourne.

Deadline for project proposals:  Friday 14 October 2022 at 9AM AEDT (Melbourne) / Thursday 13 October 2022 at 12am (midnight) BST (Manchester)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is fundamental to the success of the University of Manchester and is at the heart of all of our activities. We know that diversity strengthens our research community leading to enhanced research creativity, productivity and quality and increases our societal and economic impact.

We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

The University of Manchester and our external partners are fully committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


Sarah James-Ford
Postgraduate Research and Researcher Development Coordinator
The University of Manchester

Lanny Sandler
Grants Officer
Research, Innovation & Commercialisation
The University of Melbourne

Further information can be found on the 
University of Melbourne website