La Trobe University - Bayreuth University Joint PhD Program Scholarships


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 joint PhD with Bayreuth University, Germany.

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

Students undertaking the joint PhD program will be enrolled in a PhD at both institutions. Your supervisory team will comprise of academic staff from both institutions who will provide support and guidance throughout your research. As a student enrolled at both La Trobe and Bayreuth, 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 Bayreuth University. Travel to and study at the host institution will be subject to the usual immigration requirements.

The joint PhD includes a tailored program of progress monitoring to fulfil the requirements of both institutions. All candidates will write and submit a thesis for defence by oral examination. On successful completion of the program requirements, you will be awarded a PhD jointly by both institutions.

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 in Bayreuth, Germany.

Available projects

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

Sport integrity: A study of organisational tolerance and consumer perceptions

Lead Supervisor: Geoff Dickson

Sport organisations are increasingly oriented towards establishing, preserving, and enhancing their integrity. Discussions of sport integrity typically include words like honesty, trust, values, ethics, morals, beliefs, respect, and fairness. Integrity breaches include match-fixing, results manipulation, (illegal) gambling, doping, corruption, poor governance, athlete activism, discrimination, and racism. This research will explore: 1) organisational tolerance and capacity to prevent integrity breaches; 2) determinants and consequences of non-fan, fan, and player attitudes towards integrity-breaches. The studies will likely use both qualitative and quantitative methods to analyse primary and secondary data. The scholarship is located at La Trobe’s Centre for Sport and Social Impact.

Addressing the footwear needs of female runners through the use of immersive technology: Implications of biomechanically-driven design on injury prevention, health, and wellbeing

Lead Supervisor: Rodrigo Bini

This project involves three elements: The first to use wearable tracking devices and immersive technology - virtual (VR) and augmented (AR) reality - to visualise runners’ biomechanics in real time, enabling both researchers and the runners themselves to identify potential problems that might ultimately result in injury. Second, to employ these immersive visualisation techniques to better understand the biomechanics of female runners and to develop shoes that better meet their specific needs. Finally, to study the short-, medium-, and long-term effects of using these shoes on female runners’ injury risk, health, and wellbeing.

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 Bayreuth and personal expenses while resident in Germany
  • 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 Bayreuth universities, 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:

Recipients of the scholarship shall be selected by the University based on their:

  • 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. Selected applicants will then be invited to subsequently apply for admission into the PhD program at Bayreuth University.

  • review the scholarship eligibility requirements above
  • select a project from the list of available projects listed above
  • contact the nominated lead supervisor for your preferred project to obtain their in-principle agreement for you to apply
  • review and follow the steps in how to apply for candidature
  • complete your application for admission into La Trobe’s PhD program and include the Research Statement form
  • 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,