A cotutelle doctoral program offers you the opportunity to complete your doctoral studies at the University of Ottawa as well as at another Canadian or international university.

A cotutelle doctoral program can be your gateway to scholarship on the international scene. As you pursue your PhD, you receive support from two research and academic communities and discover different scientific approaches and fresh perspectives as you work with experts who broaden your scientific and scholarly horizons. The cotutelle program encourages you to reach beyond familiar borders to both enhance your education and take part in a world-class research network. A cotutelle doctoral program can provide the opportunity to experience the rich social and cultural life from two different universities.


All doctoral students (whether Canadian citizens, permanent residents, recognized refugees or international candidates) duly admitted to a doctoral program at uOttawa may be eligible for a cotutelle provided they have an admission average of 8.0 and obtain the approval of their thesis supervisor and their faculty.

For doctoral candidates enrolled in a doctoral program at another university and wishing to do a cotutelle with the University of Ottawa (partner university), the same conditions specified above apply to your file. In addition, you must submit an application for admission to the doctoral program, and be offered admission to the program.

Scholarships and financial support

Awards and Financial Support

We invite you to consult the Awards and financial support webpage .

Cotutelle Scholarship

Doctoral candidates whose home university is the University of Ottawa are eligible to a cotutelle scholarship for the period of study at the partner university. The cotutelle scholarship consists of a non-recurring, one-time sum of $5,000. This scholarship cannot be combined with the PhD Student mobility scholarship.

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Frequently asked questions

I am considering participating in a cotutelle program.

Cotutelle or co-supervision

Cotutelle at a glance

Administrative procedures

First steps in requesting a cotutelle application

Financial aspects

Available resources

Responsibilities of the doctoral student

Academic requirements

Resignation from a cotutelle

I am already under a cotutelle program with the University of Ottawa.

Modification to the cotutelle agreement

Responsibilities of the doctoral student

Available resources

Resignation from a cotutelle

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