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Announcement of Mobility Grants and Bench Fees for Supervising Academics of Philipps-Universität Marburg in Cotutelle de thèse or Bi-national Doctoral Procedures

Program Objective

Philipps-Universität Marburg sees itself as a cosmopolitan and internationally active university. In the dynamic process of internationalization, the university pursues the goal of strengthening and promoting the framework conditions for internationally networked thinking and acting in the key areas of research, study and teaching as well as in the administrative field. Cotutelle or bi-national doctoral programs are an important element of the internationalization of the doctoral phase and an attractive offer to excellent doctoral students from abroad, especially and also within the framework of strategic cooperations of Philipps-Universität and its departments.

Within the framework of a project funded by the Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts, the "Marburg International Doctorate" is being consistently expanded for career stage R1 in order to a) create internationally competitive and attractive doctoral conditions, and b) offer foreign doctoral candidates optimal educational conditions and ensure their academic success.
The aim is to structurally promote joint supervisions (doctoral supervision in inter-national teams) and Cotutelle procedures.

  • Who can apply?

    Teaching personnel at Philipps-Universität Marburg who supervise doctoral candidates in the final phase of an ongoing Cotutelle or bi-national doctoral program.

  • What is funded?

    If the disputation takes place abroad, a one-time reimbursement of travel expenses (according to the Federal Travel Expenses Act) of up to € 1,500 can be provided. Supervisors of doctoral candidates from abroad, in the context of Cotutelle or bi-national doctoral programs, can also apply for bench fees of € 50 per month for the duration of the doctoral candidate's stay at Philipps-Universität Marburg (for a maximum of 12 months).

Application procedure

Please use the provided form to submit your application via e-mail.

The application must contain the following information:

  • Data on the doctoral procedure
  • Information on the date and place of the disputation
  • Calculation of travel expenses
  • For the application of a bench fee: proof of the doctoral candidate's stay at Philipps-Universität Marburg
  • If available: Cotutelle contract


    A selection committee, consisting of representatives of the President's Office, MARA and Departments I and VI, will decide on the applications.

    Please submit your application as email attachment in one PDF file, to .


    If you have questions regarding the application procedure, please contact:
    Dezernat VI
    Ms Sandy Halliday
    06421-28 26 473


    • Doctorate in the Cotutelle de thèse procedure

      Funding of bi-national doctoral projects at the home university and at a foreign university according to the so-called Cotutelle procedure. The prerequisite is a cooperation agreement that is concluded individually between the participating universities on the doctoral project to be supervised. After successful completion of the doctorate, UMR and the foreign partner university jointly award a doctoral degree and issue two individual certificates referencing each other.

    • Doctorate with bi-national supervision

      The doctorate is supervised by a professor from both the home university and the partner university (so-called "sandwich model"). The project must be coordinated with both supervisors. The doctorate is started in the home country, followed by research stays at the partner institution. The doctorate is completed in the home country with the participation of the foreign academic supervisor; the doctoral degree is awarded by the home university.