Research Grants – Bi-nationally Supervised Doctoral Degrees/Cotutelle, 2023/24

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites applications for the 2023/24 Research Grants – Bi-nationally Supervised Doctoral Degrees/Cotutelle.

This programme offers candidates the opportunity to do a bi-national doctoral degree at his/her home university and at a university in Germany.
There are two possible options:

Option a) Doctorate with bi-national supervision:
The doctoral project is supervised by a university teacher both at the candidate’s home university and at the host institute in Germany. The project must be agreed upon with both supervisors according to the following procedure:

  • the candidate starts his/her doctoral degree in his/her home country.
  • This is followed by research trips to Germany.
  • Complete the doctorate in his/her home country and are also supervised by the German academic adviser.
  • Hi/her home university awards the doctoral degree.

Option b) Doctorate following the “Cotutelle” procedure:
Funding is provided for doctoral projects that are carried out at the home university and at a university in Germany according to the so-called Cotutelle model. This is based on an individual cooperation agreement which is concluded individually for candidate doctoral projects by the participating universities. After he/she has successfully completed his/her doctorate, the German university and the home university award the doctoral degree jointly.

Duration: minimum of 7 and a maximum of 24 months.


  • Monthly payments for doctoral candidates during their stay in Germany: 1,200 euros.
  • Payments towards health, accident, and personal liability insurance cover
  • Travel allowances for up to three outward and return journeys unless these expenses are covered by the home country or another source.
  • A research allowance
  • Travel and accommodation expenses according to the German Federal Travel Expenses Law for the supervising university teachers
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Depending on the nature of the project, candidates can apply for:
a) bi-national supervision based on the “sandwich model” if he/she has earned a Master’s degree or Diplom (or in exceptional cases a Bachelor’s degree) at the latest at the start of the funding period.
b) ”Cotutelle model”. He/she can apply if he/she has been admitted to a doctoral programme at the latest at the start of the funding period.


The selection criteria are:

  • Academic achievements (grade point average, development of grades)
  • Academic progress
  • Knowledge of the language of instruction or working language
  • If applicable, scholarly achievements after graduation, (e.g. publications, lectures, conference papers)

Quality of research project

  • Quality of research proposal and preparation (originality, topicality, and relevance of the project, choice of host institution, and first contacts)
  • Feasibility and consistency of study plan and schedule (analysis and evaluation stages)
  • Incorporation of the project within the overall doctorate (in terms of content and time), if relevant

Application Process

Documents to be uploaded to the DAAD portal:

  • Online application form
  • Full curriculum vitae in tabular form (max. 3 pages)
  • List of publications (max. 10 pages), if applicable
  • Letter of motivation: 1-2 pages
  • A proposal prepared and formulated by the candidate, as well as a description of previous research work (max. 10 pages in total).
  • Schedule for planned research work for the entire funding period (including possible extension)
  • Proof of permission to take a doctoral degree at the home university, if applicable
  • University degree certificate indicating final grade(s)

To apply, click here.

Deadline: October 14, 2022.

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