Priestley PhD Scholarships

Level of study
Doctoral research
Subject area
Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
EU, Overseas (Non-EU), UK
Type of Award
Deadline for applying
Closed 31/01/2017 (Note: competition closed for this year)

Award Description

The University of Birmingham and the University of Melbourne are offering a joint PhD programme, co-funded by both institutions, giving up to 20 ‘Priestley Scholars’ in engineering subjects the opportunity to study alongside world-leading academics in Birmingham and Melbourne.

The £2 million ($4 million AUD) ‘Priestley PhD Scholarship’ programme reflects the unique, 20-year relationship between the universities, which have a shared history in Sir Raymond Priestley, the British geologist and Antarctic explorer who was Vice-Chancellor of both institutions.

Working together across shared areas of priority research including energy storage, biomechanics, artificial intelligence and robotics will lead to high-quality research with global impact, and provide exciting research opportunities for PhD students.

Value of Award

A fully-funded studentship, which includes tax-free Doctoral Stipend of £14,296* per annum, is available for Home/EU and Overseas students on this Joint PhD programme between the University of Birmingham and the University of Melbourne for October 2017 start. For engineering students who are to be hosted by the University of Melbourne, the scholarship rate will be $AUD26,388 p.a. and will include provision for a return trip to Birmingham. 

*subject to inflationary variation

Eligibility Criteria

The entry requirements for the Birmingham/Melbourne Joint PhD are either:

  • An upper second-class four-year honours undergraduate degree in a relevant subject
  • An MSc/MRes in a relevant subject

How to Apply

Applicants must choose a project and make their application by the deadline of 5pm on 31 January 2017.

Applications should include a statement of research interests. Applicants are encouraged to contact prospective supervisors informally to discuss the project.

Applications are made online at the University of Birmingham website. Click on ‘Apply online’ via the FindAPhD project entry below or on the relevant University course finder page and you will be taken to the University of Birmingham Postgraduate application system. Within the application, at the Programmes open for Admission page, please select ‘EPS/University of Melbourne Joint PhD 3.5 years’. Please detail the supervisor and project title under the Research Information section of the application form.