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Joint Monash-Leipzig PhD programme in Health: Open PhD scholarships in the School of Chemistry at Monash University

PhD scholarship opportunity: Joint Monash-Leipzig PhD Program in Drug design and Discovery

Applications are invited for outstanding candidates to join our joint PhD programme between the School of Chemistry at Monash University (Australia) and the Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy at Leipzig University (Germany). There are six joint PhD projects on offer with a start date in November/December 2023 (the start date is negotiable).

The projects cover a broad area of research in the design and synthesis of new therapeutics for treating cancer and antimicrobial resistance. Through both universities students will have access to state-of-the-art synthetic, characterisation and computational laboratories and will work with leading chemists in Australia and Germany in drug design and discovery.

Program structure

Within the program, the student performs a joint research project supervised by Monash University together with a research laboratory in the partner University. The main condition of the program is to spend at least 12 months in the overseas laboratory. The student will be simultaneously enrolled in both universities. At the end of the 36-month (which can be extended up to a maximum of 42 months) program, the student is awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree from both Monash University and Leipzig University. Please visit the Exchange Programs website for more information including the six projects being offered as part of this program.

Who should apply?

Applicants must show excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to conduct self-motivated research within a group of high-performing and target-driven group of researchers. They should have research-based Honours or Master’s Degree (or equivalent) in the relevant research areas and preferably have a record of publishing their research in mainstream scientific journals. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, over Zoom if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.

Applicants will be considered provided they meet the following Monash University requirements:

  • PhD admission criteria
  • English language profciency requirements
  • Competitive scholarship selection process requirements

Please note: applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.

Joint Monash-Leipzig PhD programme in Health: Open PhD scholarships in the School of Chemistry at Monash University

Application procedure

For information on the six projects and to submit an expression of interest, please see the Exchange Programs website at Monash University.

Three scholarships are available for the 2023 intake for outstanding students who will receive a Research Living Allowance, at current value of $33,000AUD per annum in 2023 full-time rate (tax-free stipend), indexed plus allowances as per RTP stipend scholarship conditions. Monash University will provide a full tuition fee sponsorship for the course duration (up to a maximum 42 months), which includes 57 months of Overseas Student Health Cover.

Applications are open to all individuals irrespective of nationality or country of residence.

Closing date: June 30th, 2023

For more information please contact Anna Severin, Senior Graduate Research Administrator, or Prof. Katya Pas, Coordinator of the Joint Doctoral Degree Program,

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