Before the Cotutelle PhD

Q: Where do I have to pay the tuition fees?

- If you undertake a PhD research project in one of the Australian Universities and decide to set up a Cotutelle with a French University, the tuition fees will be waived while you’re studying in France.
- If you undertake a PhD research project in one of the French Universities and decide to set up a Cotutelle with an Australian University, the tuition fees will be waived while you’re studying in Australia.

Typically, in the frame of Cotutelle, the PhD student pays fees only at his home institution. However, if there is an inbalance of students between the two instituions, fees may be asked.

Q: Can I set up a Cotutelle between more than two universities?

R: A triple supervision is possible but difficult. The recognition of a triple degree by three universities from three different countries is adminstratively very complex. However it’s up to the universities involved to decide.

Q: What kind of visa do I have to apply?

A: Taking in account that you are enrolled as a PhD student in the two universities, you are eligible to apply to a student visa for the period of the PhD in the host country.

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During the course of a Cotutelle PhD

Q: Is there a minimum time the PhD student must spend in each country?

A: There is no legal minimum time required by the French Government, but at least a year in each country (in one or several stays) is recommended.

Q: How frequently can I travel between the two countries?

A: There is no restrictions other than financially. Travelling between France and Australia is very costly. Generally, PhD students stay for 6 months to one year continuously at least in each country to minimize the accommodation and travel’s extra cost related to the PhD in Cotutelle.

Q: Is PhD in Cotutelle longer than a normal PhD?

A: No. PhD in Cotutelle is a normal PhD (typically 3 years).

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Q: Can a foreign student get in France one of the 3,700 3-year PhD scholarships given each year by the French Government ? (Around 1250 Euros per month. France has around 10,000 new PhD degrees awarded each year.)?

A: Yes, but the common requirement is to have done the previous degree (called DEA) in France. So, generally the student will be ineligible (as will be a French Student having studied abroad up to the PhD).

Q: Can a student receiving a 3-year PhD scholarship by the French Government spend a long time (one year or more) abroad?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Cotutelle grant a PhD Scholarship?

A: No. The Cotutelle funding is not a PhD Scholarship funding and will not cover the costs of the 3 years of postgraduate studies. This is an additional funding to any existing PhD Scholarship.

Support for Cotutelle is entirely independent from the PhD scholarship granted to the student at the end of his Master degree, which is a DEA in France or a Master in Australia.

Q: What steps should a student follow in relation with scholarships and cotutelle?

A: The student must first enrol into a master’s degree in either country to be granted a PhD scholarship and can then undertake a Cotutelle with or without the funding of this scholarship. If the student is granted a PhD scholarship, it generally covers the 3 years of the PhD, wherever the student will spend the most time (France or Australia) and whichever additional funding related to the Cotutelle will be allocated.

Generally a French student will undertake his DEA in France, get a scholarship (from his DEA) to start his PhD in France (university fees paid in France) and will travel to Australia to achieve his PhD within a Cotutelle agreement. The Australian student will do the opposite.

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Financial support

Q: What financial assistance can I benefit from if I’m involved into a Cotutelle PhD?

A: Please refer to the Financial support for Cotutelle section of this webpage.

Q: How do I know when to apply to those Cotutelle grants?

A: Information on the Cotutelle grants is available in this webpage. However, not to miss the deadlines of the different call for proposals, you can register with FEAST-France and as a member, you’ll receive alert emails and the FEAST-France Newsletters to keep you updated.

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Q: Is an oral examination required?

A: Yes, it is considered that to get this joint international degree, the candidate must be able to present orally her/his work as in a conference. The Cotutelle scheme aims at high standards: the student is supposed to be bright! So she/he will have to present orally at least the summary in English and in French.

Q: Would an examination using a videoconference be acceptable?

A: This is up to the two involved Universities to decide.

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Last reviewed 01/02/2008

Dernière modification : 04/03/2014

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