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

Critical Dates

16 June 2021

Call opens

16 August 2021 - 5:00PM EDT

Deadline for project proposal applications

Mid-September 2021

Results released


The University of Toronto (U of T) and the University of Melbourne (UoM) continue to develop their strategic partnership through the Toronto – Melbourne Research Training Group, offering opportunities for research collaboration and engagement. In the 2020/2021 inaugural call for joint PhD proposals, U of T and UoM funded 12 PhD projects across multiple Faculties and departments.

In 2021, U of T and UoM are calling for project proposals from all research areas to establish new joint PhD projects.

Each of the successful supervisory teams will access funding that includes tuition fee waivers/remission scholarships, a full living allowance, health insurance, and relocation support. Recruited PhD candidates will be enrolled at, and will meet the academic standards and requirements of, both institutions. They will be co-recruited and co-supervised by collaborative teams through an arrangement known as a jointly awarded PhD through joint education placement (this mechanism is aligned with the existing policies of both institutions). All candidates will work towards submission of a single thesis that meets the requirements of both institutions and undertake a final oral examination. Upon completion, the candidates will be eligible to graduate with two testamurs/parchments – one from each University, noting the partnership with the other – and participate in the convocation ceremonies at both universities, should they choose to do so.

This call for joint PhD project proposals is open to applications from academic supervisors only. If you are a prospective candidate interested in applying for a joint PhD, please refer to the information available here.


The supervisory team must comprise of at least two Principal Investigators (PIs), one from U of T and one from UoM. The PIs must have capacity to serve as primary supervisors for jointly enrolled PhD candidates.

UoM PIs must be registered to supervise as per the Supervisor Eligibility and Registration Policy.  Primary supervisors should be employed at UoM beyond the envisaged submission date of their PhD candidates (2027). If their employment contract does not extend beyond the candidates’ submission date, then alternative arrangements must be in place, by either having:

  1. A named co-supervisor employed at UoM beyond the envisaged submission date of their PhD candidates (2027); or
  2. A letter of support from the respective Head of Department/Head of School detailing the arrangements in place to ensure continuity of supervision.

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 with UoM are eligible to lead an application as a PI if they are a registered Principal Supervisor at UoM, and either:

  1. Their primary employer has entered into a written agreement for this call to fund the Melbourne cash component of the collaborative activity; or
  2. They participate at their own expense if they are otherwise unaffiliated (for example, they hold an emeritus position).

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

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, race, ethnicity, indigenous peoples, sexual orientation, disabilities, career stages and sectors.

Applications from PIs who do not satisfy these criteria will not be eligible. Previous recipients may not reapply to the scheme as a PI but may participate in a project as a co-investigator.

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. If the PhD project proposal is an individual PhD project, it should be submitted jointly using the Individual PhD Project Proposal Form.

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

    All applications must attach endorsement from the respective Head of School/Department and Associate Dean (Graduate Research) [UoM] and Department Chair [U of T]. An outline of the endorsement required is included on page 6 of the guidelines.

    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 Tak Koguchi ( by Monday 16 August 2021 5:00PM EDT - Toronto time.

Supporting documents

- U of T - Melbourne Joint Call Guidelines 2021/22

- Individual PhD Project Proposal Form

- Cluster Application Cover Form


UoM contact details:

Emma Randles
International Research Project Officer
Chancellery, Research and Enterprise
The University of Melbourne

Submission and U of T contact details:

Tak Koguchi
Research Officer, International
Office of the Vice-President, International
The University of Toronto