Application Round 2019/2020

This page provides information for the current application round of the Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Programme: Key dates, the online application form and the joint projects that you can apply for. Please read everything carefully before applying.

Key dates

Application deadline:
The application period has passed and the online application portal closed at midnight CET on 05 February 2020

First shortlist (aka "long list"): The long list will be created until mid-February 2020. We will contact your referees in the second half of February if you are on this list.

NOTE: We only solicit references for candidates on the long list. Referees will be contacted around February 17th. We will kindly ask them to send us their reference by the end of February (around February 28th).

Decisions about whom we invite for interviews will be made in late March /early April. Invitations will be sent out by April 10, 2020.

The 2-day selection interviews will be held in Potsdam, Germany, at the beginning of May (week starting May 11th).

Start of PhD projects:
Candidates who are accepted into the Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Programme should start their project by December 2020. The programme does not have a fixed start date, students usually start between July and November.


Online application form

Application for the Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Programme is via an online application form. Please note that the online application form allows you to apply for both the Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Programme and the IMPRS-PMPG.

At the end of the application form you will be asked to upload two PDF files:

  1. Your CV including a personal statement of motivation 
    The personal statement is similar to the cover letter you would write in a written application. We would like to hear about your research interests, your background and career goals. With your motivation statement you can tell us why specifically you would like to join our doctoral programme and convince us that you are an ideal candidate.
  2. Your academic degree documents, transcripts and English test 
    These are documents relevant to your application: your Bachelor and Master degree certificates and transcripts, and a copy of a current English test that shows us that you meet the English language requirements of the University of Melbourne.
    All submitted documents and certificates must be in English. If they are not in English, please submit a copy of the original document and a translation into English. Candidates who are accepted into the programme will have to show the original documents and, if applicable, certified translations into English when they register with the University.

Please prepare these two files before applying. All documents must be converted into PDF format before uploading them. If possible, try to optimize the size of the PDF.

Several fields in the application form require a detailed answer. It is a good idea to prepare these answers in advance as well. 

A PDF with instructions, tips and a field-by-field guide for the online application form can be downloaded at "Helpful Hints" on the right.

For the online application portal, please go to: Online Application Portal

The application procedure for the Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Programme is integrated into the application for the IMPRS-PMPG. You can find information about the application and interview procedure at: IMPRS Application


Melbourne-Potsdam joint projects

When you apply for the Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Programme, you will be asked to name two projects that you are interested in and give reasons for why you chose these projects. Please inform yourself about the projects before filling in the application form.

Below is a list of the 9 joint projects that are available in the application round 2019/2020. Please download the PDF with detailed information for all 9 projects including links to the supervisors’ websites to inform yourself about the projects before applying.

Joint Projects 2019/2020: > PDF with detailed project information

Project code Project title Supervisors
P1_AFL+FK_1219 Transgenerational memory:
Will plants learn to adapt to phosphorus starvation?
A. Fournier-Level (UoM),
F. Kragler (MPI-MP)
P2_BE+JH+JL+MS_1219 Understanding how plants mobilize carbon to build trees B. Ebert (UoM),
J. Heazlewood (UoM),
J. Lunn (MPI-MP),
M. Stitt (MPI-MP)
P3_BE+JH+UR+JK_1219 Untangling the sugar code:
How do plants glycosylate metabolites?
B. Ebert (UoM),
J. Heazlewood (UoM),
U. Roessner (UoM),
J. Kopka (MPI-MP)
P4_JG+ML_1219 Elucidating the mechanism of KLU action in growth control J. Golz (UoM),
M. Lenhard (UP)
P5_MH+RZ_1219 Circadian-regulated dynamics of translation in plants M. Haydon (UoM),
R. Zoschke (MPI-MP)
P6_SP+GK+ZN_1219 Environmental constraints of root growth; how does a root change its ability to grow through different layers of soil? S. Persson (UoM),
G. Khan (UoM),
Z. Nikoloski (UP)
P7_SP+JH+ZN_1219 Getting in shape: Understanding principles of how cells obtain their shapes S. Persson (UoM),
J. Heazlewood (UoM),
Z. Nikoloski (UP)
P8_UR+JK+RB_1219 Metabolic adjustments of novel synthetic tobacco species: Allopolyploidy induced metabolome evolution U. Roessner (UoM),
J. Kopka (MPI-MP),
R. Bock (MPI-MP)
P9_VM+UR+RH_1219 Understanding plant adaptations to abiotic stress via regulation of purine metabolism V. Melino (UoM),
U. Roessner (UoM),
R. Hoefgen (MPI-MP)
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