Joint thesis supervision allows PhD students to pursue their doctoral studies while simultaneously attached to both a French and a foreign institution (though registration fees are paid at only one university). These PhD students are thus supervised by two Thesis Supervisors: one in France and one in a foreign country. A joint supervision agreement is signed by both institutions, stipulating the amount of time to be spent in each country, any special conditions for the thesis defence, etc. The two co-Directors jointly supervise their PhD student, who must work alternately at both institutions (carrying out his/her research partly in France, partly abroad).
A single thesis defence is held in one of the two countries and in one of the two national languages, for the awarding of two separate diplomas:
- A doctorate from your French institution of registration.
- A doctorate or equivalent degree from the partner university.
For co-agreement (cotutelle) with foreign institution, please follow ADUM process.
Steps follown by supervisor for cotutelle
Step 1: Contact international Relationships office (RI) of your institution
- DMI of Université de Lille : caroline.annicotteuniv-lillefr
- Centrale Lille : magdalena.baidancentralelillefr
- IMT Lille-Douai : christine.charletimt-lille-douaifr
Step 2 : RI office gives the template to fullfill.
Step 3 : Read vade-mecum to fullfill the cotutelle convention.
RI office only exchanges with foreign institution.
Step 5 : Convention of cotutelle is written and validated by doctoral schools and institutions.
Step 6 : When convention is finalized , registration at doctoral school and at institutions by follwing the registration steps
Step 7 : Convention signatures are managed only by RI office.