La Trobe University - University of Bayreuth 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, Permanent Resident, New Zealand Citizen

Where is it available?

Bendigo Campus

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 31 March 2024.

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 can commence at any time from 1 July and 30 November 2024, at a La Trobe University campus, and willing to spend typically 12 months based in Bayreuth, Germany.

Available project

There is a single joint PhD scholarships available to applicants, competitively awarded with selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the selected project. Please contact the lead supervisor listed for more information.

Project: Adherence, Physiological and Biomechanics Responses to Using Mini-exercise Bikes (UB-24001)

Lead supervisor: Dr Rodrigo Bini

Other supervisors: Professor Susanne Tittlbach (UB), Dr Jessica Helten (UB)

This project involves three elements: The first explores the perceptions of use of mini-exercise bikes in healthy adults. The second explores the physiological and biomechanical responses of mini-exercise bikes. The last involves co-designing an exercise intervention utilising mini-bikes.

Benefits of the scholarship

  • a stipend for up to three and a half (3.5) years, with a value of $34,000 per annum (2024 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:

  • 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 University of Bayreuth.

  • review the scholarship eligibility requirements above
  • contact the nominated lead supervisor to obtain their in-principle agreement for you to apply
  • review and follow the steps in how to apply for candidature and submit your application by 31 March 2024
  • when prompted during the application, select the 'Graduate Research - Mid-year Scholarship Round' and indicate the relevant project code as listed above (UB-24---)

Who to contact for further information

Graduate Research School,