Give your PhD a global perspective
Are you interested in pursuing doctoral research at more than one university? Do you want to work with international collaborators on a research problem? If that is the case, have you considered a cotutelle?
Full-time doctoral students can take advantage of an exceptional opportunity to earn a joint PhD degree while developing strong connections with international partners. Through the cotutelle program, PhD candidates work in collaboration with distinguished faculty members from Concordia and an international partner university to produce an original thesis.
The program requires that students satisfy each institution's minimum requirements and submit their dissertation to both universities prior to graduation. Successful candidates receive a PhD degree from Concordia and the partner institution.
For the student
- Opportunities for international research
- Collaborations with other researchers
- A recognized joint degree from Concordia and the partner university
For the university
- Expansion of international relationships for Concordia
- Raises Concordia’s visibility abroad as a centre of cutting-edge research
- Provides supervisors and faculty members with opportunities to develop international collaborations
You are eligible to register at any international accredited university that is open to a cotutelle agreement. Concordia supervisors must approve the partner university and agree to work in collaboration with the chosen co-supervisor.
- Discuss the cotutelle plan with your current Concordia supervisor
- Contact Kelly Walsh, graduate admission advisor at the School of Graduate Studies, to discuss a potential cotutelle before communicating with the partner university
- If approved, reach out to your potential co-supervisor at the partner university
- Follow the requirements needed to enrol at the partner university
- Complete a Cotutelle Agreement form with your supervisor, in collaboration with Kelly Walsh
- All other required signatures will be collected by the School of Graduate Studies
- Once both universities approve the cotutelle program, you will be admitted
Cotutelle Agreement with France
For students pursuing a cotutelle with France, please complete the Convention de Cotutelle (Concordia France) form.
International Cotutelle Agreement (all countries except France)
For students pursuing a cotutelle outside of France, please complete the Concordia Joint PhD Agreement form.
- Do I have to submit an admission application to the partner university?
Yes, you must follow the partner university’s application/admission procedures.
- Do I have to pay tuition fees?
You will pay tuition for the terms you are registered at Concordia University (a minimum of 3 non-consecutive terms are required). You need to contact the partner university for questions about their tuition fees.
- Do I have to start the cotutelle in the first term of my PhD?
No. However, the cotutelle arrangement should be established as early as possible.
- I hold a Federal or Provincial Granting Agency award, am I still eligible to receive funding?
Yes, in most cases. It is best to contact the Graduate Awards Office to ensure that your particular award is eligible.
- Do I still receive my Concordia University internal scholarship when registered at the partner institution?
Internal funding administered through the School of Graduate Studies will be honored when abroad. Students must seek approval for any internal awards administered through their department or Faculty while away on a cotutelle.