Melbourne-Potsdam PhD program

Melbourne-Potsdam PhD programme

The Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Programme is an initiative between the University of Melbourne (UoM), Australia, the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (MPI-MP) and the University of Potsdam (UP), Germany, that started in 2016. The programme opens international research training opportunities for PhD students. The students spend time in both Australia and Germany and will have the chance to get a joint PhD from the University of Melbourne and the University of Potsdam. For more information, and for applications, please read on and explore these links from the MPI-MP website.

Applications for the 2019 round close on 4 February, 2019.

General information about the program

Information for applying

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The Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Programme involves research groups at the University of Melbourne’s Schools of BioSciences, Chemistry, and Mathematics and Statistics, at the University of Potsdam’s Institute of Biochemistry and Biology, and at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology. PhD students in the programme have projects that are jointly supervised by group leaders in Melbourne and in Potsdam. The joint projects combine expertise at either institution that complement each other and are cross-disciplinary in their nature.

Application & Recruitment Procedure

Candidates for the Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Programme are selected via an application and interview procedure that is integrated into the application call for the IMPRS “Primary Metabolism and Plant Growth” (IMPRS-PMPG). You can find out more about the IMPRS application procedure under the application links above.



Candidates must hold an excellent or very good Master or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline. The MSc must include research for and writing of a graded thesis.
For the 2017/2018 application round, you should expect to finish your degree and receive final degree certificates and transcripts no later than June 2018.


Candidates must meet the University of Melbourne English language requirements for Graduate students at the Faculty of Science. To show your English proficiency, please submit the results of a recent (less than 24 months old) TOEFL or IELTS test with your application. If you have scheduled a test for a date after our application call ends, please name the test date in your application and send us the results as soon as you receive them.
To find out more about the English requirements at UoM and how they can be satisfied, please click here.


Funding for PhD students within the programme comes from the University of Melbourne and the MPI-MP. A limited number of fellowships is available from either institution during each application call. Fellowships are awarded for 3 years, with the possibility of 6 months extension, and include a waiver for University of Melbourne tuition fees. Some details regarding benefits and conditions may differ depending on which institution the fellowship is coming from.