CoSS UofG/USyd Joint PhD Project

The College of Social Sciences (CoSS) and the University of Sydney are delighted to be inviting applications for 2 funded UofG/USyd Joint PhD Studentship competition in Social Sciences that will see PhD candidates commence their projects in October 2024.

The projects will fund a PhD candidate for 3.25 years (3 years 3 months) and projects are expected to be designed and supervised in such a way that candidates can realistically complete the research and submit their thesis within the funded period.

Important considerations

  • The successful applicant's Home institution must be University of Glasgow, with the Host institution being University of Sydney
  • A minimum of 30% of the candidature must be completed at each institution – this would usually follow a Year 1 – UofG, Year 2 – USyd, Year 3+3months (and submission) – UofG; forma
  • The successful applicant must meet the PhD entry requirement of both institutions and will need to complete a Joint PhD Student Agreement for consideration by Sydney prior to lodging a Sydney PhD application (although the Glasgow PhD application can be lodged without this)

Funding Benefits

Each of the two funded projects will be granted a full scholarship with a stipend (maintenance grant) at the UKRI minimum stipend level, full fee waiver, an annual Research Training Support Grant of up to £940 per annum and a one off travel grant of up £3,000 to facilitate the required travel between Glasgow and Sydney.

Project proposals can come from supervisors in any of the following Schools:

  • UofG > CoSS > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
  • UofG > CoSS > School of Education
  • UofG > CoSS > School of Law
  • UofG > CoSS > School of Social & Environmental Sustainability
  • UofG > CoSS > School of Social & Political Sciences
  • USyd > FASS > School of Economics
  • USyd > FASS > SACE > Discipline of Media & Communications
  • USyd > FASS > School of Social & Political Sciences
  • USyd > FASS > Sydney School of Education & Social Work

Project Teams must include at least 1 supervisor from both UofG and USyd, with projects being designed in such a way that allows a PhD candidate to complete the project and submit their thesis within the 3-year funded period.

Successful candidates will be required to register at both UofG and USyd and spent time at each institution.

Applications should be submitted by prospective first/lead supervisors based within one of the eligible Schools (above). Supervisors must have undergone the relevant supervisor training/development within their current institution during the last 5 years.

Applications are welcome from academics at any stage of their careers i.e. from early career researchers to more experienced supervisors. We do ask, however, that if an academic is applying as the first/lead supervisor, that they have one or more members on the supervisor team that are experienced in supervising a PhD candidate to completion, i.e, a supervisor with at least two PhD completions.

A table of potential co-supervision pairings can be found linked on the right-hand side but the competition is open to any eligible co-supervision pairings, and applications should be lodged on the CoSS UofG/USyd Joint PhD Project Proposal form, to the CoSS Graduate School ( by 23 November 2023.


  • 18 September 2023: Supervisors invited to submit applications
  • 23 November 2023: Application deadline, online form submitted
  • 15 January 2024: Award outcomes communicated to project teams
  • 20 February 2024: Student recruitment process starts
  • 18 March 2024: Student recruitment adverts go live
  • 30 May 2024: Deadline for project teams to notify CoSS Graduate School of preferred candidate
  • October 2024: Projects to commence

Please let the CoSS Graduate School know if you have any questions.