How to apply


Applicants for KU Leuven-Melbourne Joint PhD projects should:

  • Identify a project of interest
  • Register their interest with the project supervisor based at the University of Melbourne, including the following information:
    • Name, contact details
    • Joint PhD project of interest
    • Cover Letter, CV and Transcript
    • Any supporting documentation


  • All applicants are required to meet the entry requirements for a PhD at both partner universities to be considered for the program.
  • All participants are required to complete 12 months’ residency at the partner institution.


Minimum entry requirements for a PhD at Melbourne are summarised on the course website of the relevant faculty of your University of Melbourne supervisor:

Check your visa and English language requirements. For international students with The University of Melbourne as the home institution, please note that during COVID-19 travel restrictions, alternative commencement arrangements may be made (commencement at partner institution or remote commencement).  However, alternative commencement arrangement will have to meet the requirements of the project and approval from both institutions.


The successful candidates will be funded by either UoM or KU Leuven. This funding includes a full scholarship, health insurance and mobility support.

  • All participants will receive a UoM Graduate Research Scholarship/KU Leuven scholarship when located at Melbourne/Leuven.
  • Scholarship support will be available for up to 4 years.
  • KU Leuven scholarship consists of:
    • Tax-free living allowance of an average €2000 net/month (based on a net salary of a research assistant in which the column of the ‘monthly salary 100%’ is the net income and the column ‘monthly salary 174,1%’ is the gross income per month). Small deviations of this amount are possible and the result of your personal family situation. Only at the moment of signing your contract for the doctoral scholarship at KU Leuven the exact amount will be calculated and communicated.
    • The following insurances: 1) Third Party Liability Insurance, 2) Occupational Accidents Insurance, 3) Travel Insurance during residency at KU Leuven
    • Tuition fee waiver
    • Bench-fee for each KU Leuven PI for relevant activities: € 3720/year (also to be used for the relocation to come to KU Leuven)


Information on accommodation and more general information on ‘Life at KU Leuven – KU Leuven’ is available here.