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Is your project a Cotutelle de thèse or a PhD partnership? The call for applications for 2021 is open until 31 March


A cotutelle de thèse project or a PhD partnership is conducted on the basis of a formal agreement between a Swiss and a foreign higher education institution and comprises the following:

  • a doctoral thesis completed under the direction of two supervisors
  • a joint thesis defence or similar, in which both participating higher education institutions are involved
  • issue of a joint doctoral degree certificate or two certificates stating that doctoral study was completed either in the scope of a cotutelle de thèse or a PhD partnership

To cover travel and living expenses incurred in connection with a cotutelle de thèse or a PhD partnership, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) grants an allowance of up to CHF 10,000.-.

You must submit your application to swissuniversities via the responsible office at the Swiss higher education institution by 31 March 2021 at the latest.

Please note that the higher education institutions may also set their own deadlines – be sure you hand in all necessary documents on time.

Detailed information on the application process and eligibility criteria are available here.

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