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Dual award PhD studentship call for projects 

The University of Melbourne (Melbourne) and the University of Manchester (Manchester) support research collaboration and the development of globally-engaged researchers through the Melbourne and Manchester Graduate Research Group. Highly sought-after calls for PhD project proposals in 2019 and 2020 provided funding for 26 supervisory teams and 32 candidates. Jointly awarded/dual PhD programs 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.

Manchester and Melbourne  are again 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 strength for Manchester and Melbourne.

At the end of the successful completion of the program, 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 2022 in Manchester and before March 2023 in Melbourne.

How to apply

  1. Review the guidelines in the ‌Project proposal call document
  2. Complete and submit the Project Proposal Application Form
    The application form should be prepared jointly by the Primary Investigators from both Manchester and Melbourne and submitted to Sarah James-Ford at the University of Manchester via email by the deadline date (

Deadline for project proposals:  Monday 25th October 2021 (17:00 UK) 

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