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 4 PhD scholarships starting in October 2019, enabling research students to work with academics in Birmingham and Melbourne.

Applications for entry in October 2019 are now closed. This webpage is available for information only.

The joint PhD programme, co-funded by both institutions, will award up to 4 ‘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 tax-free Doctoral Stipend of £15,009* 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 2019 start. For students who are to be hosted by the University of Melbourne, the scholarship rate will be $AUD26,916* p.a. and will include provision for a return trip to Birmingham.

*subject to inflationary variation

How to apply

Please note that applications for October 2019 start have now closed.

Applications deadline for 2020 entry: TBC

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