Joint awards

King Saud University (KSU), Monash University External Joint Supervision PhD Program

This unique program allows lecturers and demonstrators at KSU to enrol in a PhD program at Monash University.

Staff at both universities jointly supervise candidates, who are largely based at KSU, but visit Monash two months every year.

Get more information and application details.

Go global - study in India and Australia

The IITB-Monash Research Academy offers PhD candidates the benefit of some of India and Australia’s sharpest minds.

Spend at least three months researching with your Monash co-supervisors in Australia and the rest of the time with your co-supervisors at the academy’s Mumbai campus.

The academy can tell you more.

First IITB-Monash Academy graduates

The innovative, transnational IITB-Monash Research Academy has produced its first four PhD graduates, two of whom have already gained employment with industry heavyweights.

Based in Mumbai, the Academy was established in 2008 by Monash and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. Read about the first four graduates.

A joint award program involves one program of study that uses the resources of two universities, who jointly award a single degree.

A ‘joint award program’ is a generic term, the details of which may vary, according to the particular arrangements negotiated between the participating institutions. Other terms include a ‘cotutelle’, a unique class of joint PhD program, defined under French law.

A joint PhD normally includes provisions that meet the regulations of all the participating universities.

How does a joint PhD differ from a normal PhD?

Your research project is likely to use resources of both universities, and you will have at least one supervisor at each institution.

You are required to spend at least one year, or 30 per cent of your candidature, at each university. Most candidates travel to the external partner university after Monash confirms them. Note that a partner university in the northern hemisphere is likely to require you to participate in an oral examination as well as your normal written thesis examination.

When you fulfill the requirements of both universities, Monash awards you a testamur, which recognises that your research was conducted jointly with the partner university.

Funding

Most candidates who enrol in joint awards receive Australian Government or Monash stipend scholarships

You can also apply for assistance with the costs of travel to the partner university through a travel grant application – and your supervisor may have project funds to contribute.

You must be able to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds for the period of your study overseas prior to departure. International candidates are also eligible to participate in joint awards.

How to apply for a joint PhD

You can apply for an existing international joint doctoral award prior to enrolling at Monash. If you’re a current candidate enrolled in a Monash PhD, you can enquire about the possibility of transferring into a joint award after consulting with your supervisor.

Applications are only accepted for established programs and must be endorsed by your prospective or current supervisor.

Established joint programs

Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Fudan University, China
University de Bologna, Italy
Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
Justus Leibig University, Giessen, Germany

What about study away?

Where a suitable joint PhD arrangement does not already exist, you may take advantage of other opportunities to conduct part of your research at another university, or perhaps more than one. 

You can pursue up to 12 months study away from Monash at other universities as part of your degree as long as you have permission from your supervisor and the Graduate Research Committee. Please see the Handbook for Doctoral Degrees for more information.

Joint PhD enquiries

To request an application for existing joint award arrangements, please contact the Research Degrees Admissions Unit:

Email: research.degrees@monash.edu
Telephone: +61 3 9905 1538