International research

Photonics research

We work with universities, governments, industry and other organisations around the world to support:

  • our researchers as they create and advance new knowledge through their VU research degrees
  • academic and research student exchange
  • researcher-level international collaborations
  • cross-institutional international networks and partnerships.

At VU, we rate highly for our research excellence, performing strongly in the citations pillar of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016/17, in which we rank in the top 2% of universities worldwide.

International research students

When you complete a research degree at VU you have an opportunity to specialise in one of our research focus areas or pursue cross-disciplinary research opportunities. Enhance your research career by undertaking a PhD, professional Doctorate or Masters by Research, and contribute to new developments in your area of expertise.

Our graduate researchers become part of a research community committed to excellence in research and the development of the next generation of researchers. You will enjoy quality research supervision and mentoring, English language support and participate in a research training program to help you develop advanced and practical research skills.

Find out about the scholarships available to support you while you study.

Our International Student Support team will help you settle into life in Melbourne as you enjoy everything VU has to offer.

Academic and research student exchange

Academic and research student exchange is at the centre of our international research strategy. Exchanging researchers enables us to share expertise with researchers in other countries and develop new knowledge.

We invite researchers and research students to visit VU and work along side our researchers on short term research projects (up to six months in duration).

Find out about scholarships for research students and funding schemes to support academic exchange.

If you would like to find out more about how you can work with our research teams, please telephone or email the contact person in your research focus area.

Joint international PhD programs

A joint PhD program (or 'cotutelles') enables PhD students to simultaneously enrol in a research degree at VU and a university with a similar research focus in another country. Students must meet the academic requirements of both institutions and complete a significant component of their candidature, and be supervised and mentored, at both universities.

Joint PhD programs provide opportunities for students to establish research and academic networks outside their home country and receive a qualification recognised by both universities.

If you would like to find out how we can work with your university in one of our research focus areas to deliver a joint international PhD program, please email the Senior Advisor (International Research and Research Training) at

International collaborative research projects

Our research institutes and centres and academic colleges work on collaborative research projects that bring VU together with other research organisations. We have established extensive research partnerships in specialised research focus areas with benefits for industry and communities in Australia and overseas.

If you would like to find out more about VU research networks or working in partnership with us, please telephone or email the contact person in your research focus area.

Contact us

Mr Bhanuka Wanasinghe
Senior Advisor (International Research and Research Training)
Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor - Research and Research Training
Phone: +61 9919 5911