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 20 PhD scholarships, enabling research students to work with academics in Birmingham and Melbourne.

The joint PhD programme, co-funded by both institutions, will award up to 20 ‘Priestley Scholars’ in engineering subjects the opportunity to study alongside world-leading academics from both universities.

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. Research will be carried out at the University of Birmingham and the University of Melbourne, where 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.

How to apply

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.

You can use our advice and guidance pages as you complete your application. Applications should include a statement of research interests. We encourage you to contact prospective supervisors informally to discuss the project.

Applications deadline for January 2017 have now passed. Please check again later in the year when we will be recruiting for new projects. 

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