La Trobe University - Sheffield Hallam University Joint PhD Program Scholarship


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?

Bendigo, Melbourne

How is it paid?

Fortnightly stipend


La Trobe University is offering a graduate research scholarship for students to undertake a joint PhD with Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

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 31 July 2022.

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 Sheffield Hallam, 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 Sheffield Hallam 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 can commence at any time up to 30 September 2022, at a La Trobe University campus, and willing to spend typically 12 months based in Sheffield, UK.

Available projects

There is one joint PhD scholarship available to applicants from the range of projects listed below, 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.

The dream-team: investigating the influence of sleep restriction on the health, wellbeing and performance of team-sport athletes

Lead Supervisor: Matt Driller

Elite athletes are facing increasing training and competition demands alongside high levels of psychophysiological stress, resulting in several factors that could have an influence on sleep disturbances. However, the influence of reduced sleep on team-sport specific measures of strength, power and agility are yet to be established. Therefore, this PhD will be made up of a series of novel studies that will investigate the impact that sleep restriction may have on cognition, psychophysiological function, athletic performance and wellbeing of team-sport athletes.

High intensity resistance strength training for older adults with hip osteoarthritis

Lead Supervisor: Adam Semciw

This PhD project aims to develop and implement a high intensity resistance exercise program for older adults with hip osteoarthritis. The successful candidate will work with world leaders in exercise, hip function and osteoarthritis at La Trobe University and Sheffield Hallam University. They will develop skills in supervised exercise prescription for people with hip osteoarthritis, assessment of muscle function with electromyography and analysis of muscle size and quality with magnetic resonance imaging. The findings of this project will help to shape rehabilitation for hip osteoarthritis and minimise the negative sequalae of this condition.

Modifiable factors associated with post-traumatic knee osteoarthritis in runners following knee surgery

Lead Supervisor: Benjamin Mentiplay

Knee osteoarthritis occurs in an alarming number of young adults who have previously undergone knee surgery. One potential contributing factor to this accelerated development of osteoarthritis is participation in high-impact exercise, such as running, which is often taken up post-surgery as an alternative to contact/twisting sports. This PhD project aims to investigate modifiable factors (e.g., weekly training load or movement patterns) that are associated with knee osteoarthritis outcomes (MRI features and symptoms) in runners who have had knee surgery. The successful candidate will be supervised from leading experts across an international collaboration between La Trobe University and Sheffield Hallam University.

Scholarships for a range of different projects in the same program are also being offered by Sheffield Hallam University; further information on these scholarships is available through Sheffield Hallam.

Benefits of the scholarship

  • a stipend for up to three and a half (3.5) years, with a value of $32,500 per annum (2022 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 Sheffield and personal expenses while resident in the UK
  • 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 Sheffield Hallam 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:

  • meet the Doctor of Philosophy entry 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 Sheffield Hallam 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 July 2022

Who to contact for further information

Project supervisor as listed above, to submit your application