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QUEX PhD Projects Call (cohort 5) – now open

The University of Queensland and the University of Exeter believe that the most complex of global challenges – ranging from food and water security to political instability to healthy living and mental health – require interdisciplinary research that spans institutions, countries and even continents. The two Universities therefore joined together to create the QUEX Institute, through which our talented academic staff can work together to bring their distinct perspectives and expertise to address global challenges.


Building on a platform of active collaboration and academic exchange, we will build capacity and jointly invest in enhancing the opportunities for our researchers to work together.

In support of this vision, and building upon four successful years of PhD studentships, the QUEX Institute is pleased to offer a fifth call for PhD project proposals


In 2021, project proposals are being sought from the newly-defined themes of the partnership: 

  • Healthy Living – which represents a merger of two of the previous themes: Healthy Ageing, and Physical Activity and Nutrition
  • Global Environment Futures – building on the previous theme of Environmental Sustainability
  • Digital Worlds and Disruptive Technologies – a new theme to support continued growth into new areas for the QUEX Institute 

PhD project proposals will be accepted from sets of academic staff based across the academic communities of the Universities of Exeter and Queensland. Applicants will need to complete the online PhD project proposal form in partnership with their supervisory counterparts at the partner institution.  


Please read the QUEX PhD Projects Call (cohort 5) guidance notes below carefully when planning your proposal, and if you have any queries please contact either the relevant Theme Lead for your proposal or email 

The nominated lead advisor should submit their joint project proposal via the online PhD projects proposal form by 8 March 2021.