University of Toronto – University of Melbourne: International Research Training Group - Call for Proposals

Critical Dates

12 October 2020

Call opens

23 November 2020 - 5:00pm (AEDT)

Deadline for project proposal applications

December 2020

Results released


Following a highly sought-after Joint Research Program call for proposals in 2020, the University of Toronto (U of T) and the University of Melbourne (UoM/Melbourne) are seeking to develop their strategic partnership through joint research training.

In 2020/21 U of T and UoM are calling for project proposals from all research areas to establish joint projects for joint PhD candidates, forming the first cohort of the U of T - UoM International Research and Training Group (IRTG). Each of the successful supervisory teams will access funding to recruit PhD candidates to commence in 2021, including tuition fee waivers or scholarships, a full living allowance, health insurance, and relocation support. Priority will be given to “Cluster Applications” which includes 3 or more primary supervisors / PhD advisors (PIs) across both institutions, supervising at least 2 joint PhD candidates.

PhD candidates recruited to the IRTG will be enrolled at, and will meet the academic standards and requirements of, both institutions. The doctoral candidates will be co-recruited and co-supervised by the collaborative teams through an arrangement referred to at U of T as PhD through Joint Education Placement and at UoM as a jointly awarded PhD and together referred to as a jointly awarded PhD through joint education placement. All candidates will work towards submission of a single thesis that meets the requirements of both institutions and complete a final oral examination. Upon completion, all IRTG candidates will be eligible to graduate with two testamurs/parchments – one from each university – and participate in the convocation ceremonies at both universities, should they choose to do so.


The supervisory team must comprise of at least two principal investigators, one at U of T and one at UoM, both with capacity to supervise jointly enrolled PhD candidates.

PIs at UoM must be registered to supervise as per the Supervisor Eligibility and Registration Policy and must be employed at UoM beyond the envisaged submission date of their PhD candidate(s) (2026). For more information, including forms for supervisor registration, please consult the information for supervisors section on the Graduate Research Hub. Honorary employees whose primary academic affiliation is the UoM are eligible to lead the application if:

  1. they are eligible to be a primary supervisor at the UoM; AND
  2. if their primary employer has entered into an agreement to fund the Melbourne cash support component of the collaborative activity; or may participate at their own expense if they are otherwise unaffiliated (for example, they hold an emeritus position).

PIs at U of T must be Faculty members in continuing appointments, eligible to hold research funds at U of T and have SGS Graduate Faculty Membership.

Additional colleagues (including other partners in Australia, Canada or internationally) are not eligible to apply as primary supervisors, although they can participate in co-supervision of the PhD candidates as part of a joint application by U of T and UoM PIs.

Adherence to respective equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) policies are a core feature of this program to ensure that all participants can do their best work, thrive and succeed. Applicant teams should consider how they can take meaningful steps in their future collaborations to foster an environment that values, supports and respects a diverse range of views, knowledge and experiences. Applicants should consider EDI as it applies to gender, indigenous peoples, disabilities, career stages and sectors.

Applications that do not satisfy these criteria will not be eligible.

How to apply

  1. Review the guidelines

    Please review the guidelines before the submission.

  2. Complete and submit the application

    If the PhD project proposal is being considered as part of a Cluster Application, then it should be submitted as one combined application, together with all other Individual PhD Project Proposal Forms and the Cluster Application Cover Form.

    Projects can only be submitted as either an Individual Project or as part of a Cluster Application.

    A single, jointly prepared application, for either a Cluster Application or Individual PhD Project, must be submitted using the appropriate application form(s), in English, to Dr Mark Gregory ( by Monday 23rd November 2020 (5:00pm AEDT).

    All applications must attach endorsement from the respective Head of School/ Department (UoM) and Department Chair (U of T) for all PIs, acknowledging their support in line with the stipulated terms and conditions (a copy of email correspondence is sufficient).

Supporting documents

- U of T - Melbourne Joint Call Guidelines 2020/21

- Individual PhD Project Proposal Form (Smart PDF)

- Cluster Application Cover Form (Smart PDF)


Submission and UoM contact details:

Mark Gregory
International Research Project Officer,
Chancellery, Research and Enterprise.
The University of Melbourne

U of T contact details:

Skandha Sunderasen
International Strategic Partnerships Officer
Office of the Vice-President, International
The University of Toronto