During application calls for the Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Programme, the link to the online application form can be found here.

The application portal is currently closed.

Helpful Hints

Please note that the application form allows you to apply for the Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Programme and for the IMPRS-PMPG. You will be asked in Section 5 of the form which programme you are applying for. It is possible to apply for both programmes at the same time or for only one of the two programmes.

Please inform yourself about the two programmes and their requirements before applying.

Melbourne-Potsdam Joint Projects

Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Programme - Application Round

Application Round 2018/2019

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 deadline for Melbourne-Potsdam projects to start in 2019 has passed (04 February 2019). The application portal is closed.

First shortlist (aka "long list"): The long list will be created until mid-February 2019. References will be solicited for candidates on the long list. Referees will be contacted around February 12th. We will kindly ask them to send us their reference by late February (around February 22nd).

Decisions about whom we invite for interviews will be made in early March. Invitations will be sent out by March 14, 2019.

The 2-day selection interviews will be held in Potsdam, Germany, at the beginning of April (week starting April 08).

Start of PhD projects:
Candidates who are accepted into the Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Programme should start their project by December 2019. 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 7 joint projects that are available in the application round 2018/2019. Please download the PDF with detailed information for all 7 projects including links to the supervisors’ websites to inform yourself about the projects before applying.

Joint Projects 2018/2019: > PDF with detailed project information

Project code Project title Supervisors
P1_AFL+FK_1218 Transgenerational memory: Will plants learn to adapt to climate change? A. Fournier-Level (UoM),   
F. Kragler (MPI-MP)
P2_BE+UR+JK_1218 Deciphering the plant's supply of substrates for cell wall biosynthesis under abiotic stress conditions B. Ebert (UoM),
U. Roessner (UoM),
J. Kopka (MPI-MP)
P3_JG+ML_1218 Role of MADS-box transcription factors in seed size control J. Golz (UoM),
M. Lenhard (UP)
P4_SP+ZN_1218 Getting in shape: How do cells obtain certain morphologies?
S. Persson (UoM),
Z. Nikoloski (UP)
P5_SP+GK+DH_1218 Improving plant root performance
in saline soils
S. Persson (UoM),
G. Khan (UoM),
D. Hincha (MPI-MP)
P6_SP+JL+MS_1218 Modulating carbon allocation by changing protein turnover during
the diurnal cycle
S. Persson (UoM),
J. Lunn (MPI-MP),
M. Stitt (MPI-MP)
P7_VM+HK+RH_1218 Analysis of the regulatory control
of allantoinase under contrasting nutrient supply
V. Melino (UoM),
H. Kronzucker (UoM),
R. Hoefgen (MPI-MP)
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