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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 2014: deadline 31 March 2014

The call for applications 2014 is open to cotutelle de these projects based on a collaboration between a Swiss university and a partner university from the whole of Europe and Israel.
To participate, the office responsible for cotutelles de thèse at the Swiss university concerned
must submit five copies of the application by 31 March 2014 to the

Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities CRUS, „Cotutelles de thèse“, Postfach 607, CH-3000 Berne 9

Flyer for doctoral candidates (German / French)

Evaluation by the programme's expert committee will take place in June 2014. The funds awarded will then be transferred to the Swiss universities concerned which will be in charge of their administration.

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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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