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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.


--> The next call with deadline 31 March 2015 will be published in October 2014 on this webise.


--> 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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