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Cotutelles de thèse

A cotutelle de thèse is a doctoral project that is carried out within the framework of a formalised agreement between two universities (a Swiss and a foreign university). Cotutelle de thèse projects entail the following: preparation of the doctoral thesis under the joint direction of two supervisors; a reasonable distribution of the time spent by the doctoral candidate at each institution; a joint defence of thesis; the awarding of a joint diploma or of two separate diplomas with a reference to the cotutelle de these cooperation with the partner university.

Every year, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI grants financial support for cotutelle de thèse projects that are based on a cooperation agreement between a Swiss and a a partner university abroad (Europe and Israel1). The maximum amount of aid is CHF 10,000.-. The funds are mainly intended to go towards travel and living expenses incurred by the doctoral candidate and his/her supervisors.

Doctoral candidates in all fields of study are eligible if:

  • they are registered at a Swiss university;
  • they are Swiss citizens or hold a residence permit B, C, or G;
  • they have studied at least one year at a Swiss university (at the levels of Bachelor, Master or at the doctoral level, calculated from the date of registration) and
  • their age does not exceed 35 years.

More information on eligibility is available here.


Call for applications 2015: deadline 31 March 2015

The call for applications is launched by CRUS in the name of swissuniversities. swissuniversities, the joint national rectors'conference of Swiss universities, will take over the tasks that are currently under responsibility of CRUS at the beginning of 2015, including the management of the programme „Cotutelles de thèse“.

The call is open to cotutelle de thèse projects based on a collaboration between a Swiss university and a partner university from the whole of Europe ans Israel1

To participate, the office responsible for cotutelles de thèse at the Swiss university concerned must submit five copies of the application by 31 March 2015 to swissuniversities, „Cotutelles de thèse“, Effingerstrasse 15, Postfach, 3000 Bern 1


Evaluation by the programme's expert committee will take place in June 2015. The funds awarded will then be transferred to the Swiss universities concerned, which will be in charge of their administration.


--> Call for applications 2015: Flyer for doctoral candidates (German / French)

--> Application process and documents

--> Contact information


1The call for applications is open to projects with partner universities in countries participating in the Bologna Process as well as to partner universities in Israel, in accordance with the current practice of the European research programmes.

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