ANU is committed to the delivery of high quality research training of PhD candidates through the provision of an exceptional research environment and access to opportunities to work with the best researchers nationally and internationally. Research students at ANU are mentored by world-leading experts, have access to state-of-the-art research facilities and become part of a supportive community and culture of discovery.
Joint and dual PhD programs between ANU and partner institutions are able to deliver an outstanding research training experience in a collaborative environment across two institutions. Students are enrolled at both universities for the duration of the program and must be in residence at each university for a period of time as stipulated in the agreement.
A Joint Award refers to the award of a single Doctor of Philosophy degree to participating candidates upon successful completion, where the jointly awarded nature of the degree and the name and insignia of the other Institution, will be indicated on a single testamur awarded by the Home Institution.
A Dual Award refers to an award by two collaborating institutions issuing two testamurs, each recognising that the program was carried out as part of a dual award.
A Cotutelle Program is a type of one-off, non-continuing program arranged for a single individual with a French partner institution without an institutional-level agreement.
Joint and Dual Award PhD programs allow research student opportunities to:
Joint & Dual/Cotutelle programs generally fall under one of two types of agreements:
If you are interested in pursuing a Joint or Dual Award PhD, you should apply either at the time of application for admission if you are a prospective candidate, or within six months of commencing your PhD program at the home institution. If you are a current ANU PhD student, proceed to step 1 directly.
Joint and Dual programs must commence within the first 12 months of candidature.
As a prospective candidate, prepare your application for admission using the information on the ANU Postgraduate Research page. You must indicate on your application form your interest in studying a joint or dual award PhD program. Follow step 1 alongside your application for admission. How to Apply
You will need to provide evidence of a strong research link between the two institutions and articulate the benefits of working in a collaborative research training environment. A good starting point is discussing your interest with your supervisor. They will be able to provide you with information on research links and whether there is an institutional agreement in place (or not).
Once you have completed the Joint or Dual Award PhD Application form, submit it to your Research School. Inform your Research School if you are aware of an existing Institutional Agreement; the HDR Administrator will then attach the Agreement to your application.
The application form must be endorsed by the College Associate Dean (HDR) and the relevant authority from the partner institution before approval by the Dean HDR. Documents will be processed as per your College’s procedures and internal timelines.
Once your Joint or Dual/Cotutelle PhD application is approved, proceed to step 2.
The Candidature Agreement is a template form for Individual Joint or Dual/Cotutelle award PhD program. It provides you with an overview of the key candidature aspects to negotiate between the two institutions.
In consultation with your ANU Supervisor, complete the Candidature Agreement. This document will also need to be reviewed by the partner institution. Further assistance can be sought from your local HDR Administrator or the Graduate Research Office. Once finalised in principle, the Agreement needs to be signed by all parties.
Please note that you may be provided with an alternative template by your local HDR Administrator for some Institutional and Individual Agreements.
|STEPS||Prospective ANU students||Current ANU students|
|1||ANU Application: As a prospective candidate, you should first submit an application for admission using the ANU Programs & Courses website. You must indicate on your admission application form whether you still wish to be considered for admission if your application for a scholarship is unsuccessful, and your interest in studying a joint or dual award PhD program.||Not Applicable|
Joint and Dual Award PhD Application: In consultation with your ANU Supervisor complete the Joint and Dual Award PhD application form.
Provide evidence of a strong research link between supervisors at both institutions, and an outstanding collaborative research training environment with clear benefits for the PhD student above and beyond a simple visiting appointment to conduct research at another institution.
Submit this form to your Research School.
If you are aware of an existing Institutional Agreement, inform your Research School when submitting the Joint/ or Dual/Cotutelle Application form. The HDR Administrator will then attach the Agreement to your application.
If you are not aware of an existing Institutional Agreement, proceed to Step 4.
|4||Candidature Agreement (or Individual Agreement) form for Joint or Dual / Cotutelle Award PhD Program: In consultation with your ANU Supervisor complete the Candidature Agreement. This document will also need to be reviewed by the partner institution, further assistance can be sought from your local HDR Administrator or the Graduate Research Office.|
The documents in Step 2 & 4 in the table above are processed as per your College’s procedures and internal timelines. For more information on processing times and approvals please contact your local HDR Administrator, or the Graduate Research Office.
Applications to the University are assessed on an ongoing basis. The ANU will contact you about the result of your application as soon as possible. Applications usually take between 6-8 weeks to assess, or longer if you are applying for a scholarship. All communications, including application outcomes, are sent to your email account so it is important that you provide an email address in your application that you check regularly and you can easily access.