Per annum for three and a half years. Fee relief additional.

Opening date

Closing date



Who is it for?

Future PhD candidates, Australian Citizen, New Zealand Citizen, Permanent Resident

Where is it available?


How is it paid?

Fortnightly stipend


La Trobe University is offering a graduate research scholarship for a student to undertake a collaborative PhD with European X-ray Free Electron Laser Facility (EuXFEL), Germany.

Applications for this scholarship are now open to Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents newly enrolling in a PhD. The application deadline is 30 October 2021.

Students undertaking the collaborative program will be enrolled at La Trobe University. Your supervisory team will comprise of academic staff from both institutions who will provide support and guidance throughout your research. You will have access to services and support provided by both institutions, including a range of professional and personal development programs.

You will begin your studies at La Trobe University where you will spend the majority of your time, but with an expectation that you will spend typically 12 months at EuXFEL in Hamburg. Travel to and study at the host institution will be subject to the usual immigration requirements.

The successful applicant must be available to commence their degree between 1 February and 30 June 2022, at a La Trobe University campus, and willing to spend typically 12 months based at EuXFEL, Germany.

There are two PhD scholarship projects available to applicants, competitively awarded and selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the selected project. Please contact the lead supervisor for more information about these projects.

Expressions of interest are sought from PhD applicants in the area of engineering and computer science focused on design metrology and analysis of 'big data' for molecular imaging. Appropriate German supervisors have been identified. Data analysis and experiments can be run remotely.

Benefits of the scholarship

  • a stipend for up to three and a half (3.5) years, with a value of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate)
  • a Research Training Program - Fees Offset scholarship covering tuition fees for up to four (4) years

  • a travel allowance to assist with travel between Melbourne and Hamburg.
  • an allowance to relocate to Melbourne to commence the degree and publication/thesis allowance or RTP allowance
  • opportunities to work with outstanding researchers at La Trobe and EuXFEL, and have access to our suite of professional development programs

Are you eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • meet the Doctor of Philosophy entrance requirements
  • not be receiving another scholarship greater than 75 per cent of the stipend rate for the same purpose
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident.

In selecting successful applicants, we prioritise applications from candidates who:

  • will be enrolled full-time

  • have completed a Masters by Research or other significant body of research, such as an honours research thesis or lead authorship of a peer-reviewed publication, assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 75 or above

How to apply

Applicants should follow the following steps to apply to La Trobe University.

  • review the scholarship eligibility requirements above
  • review details on how to apply for candidature
  • contact the nominated lead supervisor Brian Abbey to obtain their in-principle agreement for you to apply

  • complete your application for admission into La Trobe’s PhD program

  • a research proposal is not required

  • submit your application to the La Trobe Graduate Research School ( by 31 October 2021

Who to contact for further information

Graduate Research School,