Joint doctoral programmes

WHAT IS A JOINT DOCTORAL DEGREE (COTUTELLE DE THÈSE)?

A Cotutelle de Thèse is a jointly supervised doctoral programme. Doctoral candidates who complete the programme successfully will be awarded a degree that is conferred by two universities. Joint doctoral degrees are particularly suitable for doctoral candidates focusing on international topics who are jointly supervised by academic staff at another university abroad.

For this purpose, an individual agreement outlining the framework of the programme must be concluded.

Cotutelle de Thèse model agreement of Leibniz University Hannover
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The agreement must comply with the doctoral regulations of both universities. If necessary, the agreement must be adapted to accommodate the individual interests of both universities and the doctoral candidate. The agreement must cover the entire doctoral process, from enrolment to the graduation ceremony.

Once the agreement has been approved by both universities, the agreement must be signed by university management, the deans of the involved faculties, the supervisors, and the doctoral candidate.


WHICH FUNDINGS?

During a Cotutelle or Joint PhD, you will have to spend some time at the partneruniversity. You should inform you on time about the different funding possibilities. 

Doctoral students can apply on this purpose to the regular fundings for research stay abroad but there is also specific fundings for bi-national doctorate.

general fundings

The DAAD offers different scholarships where research stay abroad or in Germany, conference participation and travel costs for the supervisors can be financed.

  1. Scholarship for doctoral students whose home university is Leibniz Universität Hannover
  2. Scholarships for doctoral students whose home university is the international partneruniversity

Country-specific fundings

The French-German university (DFH-UFA) offers for bi-national doctorate with a french university financial support for doctoral students mobility and travel costs for the supervisors.

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