How to apply for a Joint PhD Program With a Current Partner

This page provides information for supervisors and prospective PhD candidates on how to apply for a Joint PhD Program with a current partner.

Current Joint PhD Program Partners

UNSW has Joint PhD Agreements in place with the following institutions:

  • University of Montreal, Canada

  • Xi’an Jiatong University, China 

  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

  • Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

  • University of Malaya, Malaysia

  • University of Auckland, NZ

  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  • Chiang Mai University, Thailand

  • University of Glasgow, UK

  • U21 Network (Umbrella agreement – still need 1:1 institutional agreement in place)

  • Go8 Network (Umbrella agreement – still need 1:1 institutional agreement in place)

Eligibility

  • Joint PhD Programs with the institutions listed above are open UNSW-wide. 

  • It is essential that the UNSW supervisor has an existing research collaboration with the partner university (this can be shown via co-publications, co-supervision, co-funding relationship, staff exchange, sabbaticals, joint presentations etc). 

  • Candidates must commence their candidature at both institutions at the same time and must not have already commenced a PhD prior to applying to undertake the Joint PhD Program.

Process to apply

The below process only applies to the current Joint PhD Program Partners listed above and French institutions using the cotutelle agreement. Note this process should start at least 6 months before the intended start date of candidature. The prospective candidate and supervisors at both institutions should have consulted about the Joint PhD project before starting the following process:

  1. UNSW Supervisor completes the Joint PhD Candidate Agreement (JCA) form in collaboration with the supervisor at the partner institution, completing all questions. No signatures should be gathered at this point

  2. Prospective PhD candidate applies to UNSW via Apply Online indicating that they are seeking the enrolment to be under a Joint PhD Program, and provides supporting documents

  3. UNSW Supervisor submits the JCA form to the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Training) (see contact details below)

  4. JCA and admission application are reviewed by the Office of the PVCRT. Feedback is provided on the draft JCA and any required changes are flagged

  5. UNSW and partner institution supervisor make any agreed changes to JCA. JCA is sent to Office of the PVCRT for finalisation

  6. Office of the PVCRT confirms to supervisors that JCA can proceed

  7. Admission application is reviewed by School for admission recommendation and returned to Graduate Research School (GRS)

  8. UNSW Supervisor gathers the Head of School approval on the JCA form (preferably electronically). Once these signatures are complete the JCA is returned to Office of the PVCRT

  9. Partner Supervisor gathers the Head of School, Faculty Dean and DVCR approvals on the JCA form (preferably electronically). Once these signatures are complete the JCA is returned to the Office of the PVCRT

  10. The Office of the PVCRT will liaise with UNSW Faculty to review agreement and seek approval from UNSW Faculty Dean 

  11. PVCRT will review and approve the application

  12. The Office of the PVCRT will notify supervisors that agreement is approved

  13. GRS sends admission letter of offer with comment that offer is made under Joint PhD Program

  14. PhD candidate accepts offer and commences Joint PhD Program

For enquiries, please email: internationalresearch@unsw.edu.au

 

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