Scholarships with the Australian German Climate and Energy College have closed.

However, any student doing a PhD at the University of Melbourne in the field of climate and energy transitions may join the College.

Please apply for a PhD scholarship in the faculty of your choice. The deadlines for PhD scholarships in each faculty are listed here. Further information about Central University Scholarships is provided below.

Please note:

College Scholarships

Although we don't currently have scholarships, we encourage you to begin planning your PhD proposal.

There are two ways to approach your PhD application. Both require considerable investment from you in considering whether a PhD is right for you, and determining your PhD project.

1.   Develop your own research project

You are well suited to a PhD if you already have a topic that you are passionate about and a good idea of what you want to work on. In this case, you should develop your own research proposal. Ideally this would be around 2000 words and would illustrate an understanding of the literature.

The next step would be to investigate the Find an Expert page to have some idea of whom you would like to work with as your primary supervisor. Keep in mind that the greatest minds are likely to be inundated with requests, and may only be available as secondary supervisors. So you are encouraged to identify early career researchers in your list of options as primary supervisors — they are also likely to have more time to worth with you. 

Once you have prepared a proposal please email the following documents to

  • a completed College PhD Scholarship application form
  • a copy of your research proposal
  • a transcript of your results (including a grading scale)
  • your curriculum vitae*


2.   Apply to work on a particular project

Our website lists some projects that supervisors have identified. These are not PhD topics. You can apply to work on these projects but you will still need to develop a research proposal on a topic that relates to these projects. Before you approach the supervisor, do some research in the field and develop an idea of what aspect of the project you would like to work on.

Once you have identified a project please email the following documents to

  • a completed College PhD Scholarship application form
  • a covering letter which explains your interest in the project
  • a transcript of your results (including a grading scale)
  • your curriculum vitae*
  • a research proposal (if you have one).

* Note: When we receive your documents we will keep them on file until 2016 scholarships are confirmed. We will let you know when that is. Once College scholarships are confirmed and you are identified as a potential college student you will need to follow the standard application procedure for admission to a PhD at the University of Melbourne — submit an Application for Admission to Graduate Research Candidature and Scholarship (noting on page 4 that you are applying to the Climate and Energy College) and other relevant documents, including getting your referees to submit the Referee Report Form and (if applicable) the Employer Referee Report Form

Central University Scholarships

The University has scholarships for Australian, New Zealand citizens, permanent residents of Australia and international students.

There are two rounds – the deadlines vary among faculties and you should check the closing dates for your faculty here. If you apply for a central university scholarship in the September-October 2016 round, this would provide a scholarship commencing in early 2017.