What is a Cotutelle?
A cotutelle de thèse is determined by the fact that doctoral candidates are enrolled at two universities ("partner universities") of different European countries. They pursue a double degree in accordance with the doctoral regulations of both institutions but only submit one dissertation/thesis for joint evaluation by the partner universities.
The cotutelle is initiated by the doctoral candidate and requires the agreement of a first supervisor in Basel. At the very least, the following requirements must be met in order to apply for a cotutelle:
- The doctoral candidate has already been admitted to doctoral studies at one of the potential partner universities.
Please note that there are deadlines for the online application: 15 March (for the spring term) / 14 October (for the autumn term)
- The partner universities belong to the European Higher Education Area (including Israel).
- The doctorate was not started (enrollment date) at either institution later than 12 months ago.
- At least half of the expected doctoral period can be actively spent at the home university and a total of at least 12 months at the host university. (The "home university" is the university at which the doctoral candidate enrolled first, is employed or has received a full scholarship, and which bears the main administrative responsibility.)
Further guidelines and the details of the cotutelle process can be found in the leaflet.
Upon successful application, swissuniversities will grant a maximum of CHF 10'000 to cover travel and living expenses at the guest university as well as other cotutelle-related expenses.
Details can be found on the cotutelle website of swissuniversities.
PLEASE NOTE: Applications are to be submitted to email@example.com by 1 March each year (and not to swissuniversities directly.