University of Melbourne and University of Birmingham jointly funded PhDs

As part of a global collaboration with the University of Melbourne in research, education and cultural engagement, we are offering up to four PhD scholarships starting in February 2024, enabling research students to work with academics in Birmingham and Melbourne.

The joint PhD programme, co-funded by both institutions, will award up to four ‘Priestley Scholars’ in engineering and physical sciences subjects the opportunity to study alongside world-leading academics from both universities.

Working together across shared areas of priority research will lead to high-quality research with global impact, and provide exciting research opportunities for PhD students. Research will be carried out at the University of Birmingham and the University of Melbourne. You will be able to spend a minimum of 30% of your time at the University of Melbourne. 

The £2 million ($4 million AUD) ‘Priestley PhD Scholarships’ programme reflects our unique, 20-year relationship with the University of Melbourne, sharing a history in Sir Raymond Priestley, the British geologist and Antarctic explorer who was Vice-Chancellor of both institutions.

Value of scholarship

A fully-funded scholarship, which includes a tax-free Doctoral Stipend of £18,622* per annum, tuition fees and provision for a return trip to Birmingham/Melbourne, is available for UK, EU and Overseas students on this Joint PhD programme between the University of Birmingham and the University of Melbourne for February 2024 start.

*subject to inflationary variation, with a comparable rate for students who are to be hosted by the University of Melbourne

How to apply

Apply online through the University of Birmingham Postgraduate application system.

Within the application, please detail the supervisor and project title you are interested in under the Research Information section of the application form.

Applications should include a statement of research interests. We encourage you to contact your prospective supervisor(s) informally to discuss the project you are interested in.

Applications deadline for 2023/24 entry: 15 November 2023


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