A cotutelle doctoral program offers you the opportunity to complete your doctoral studies at the University of Ottawa as well as at another university (outside of Ontario, and outside of the Ottawa-Gatineau region). In a cotutelle doctoral program you will be jointly supervised by a thesis supervisor at each institution and you attend the two universities alternately. You will need to take a single comprehensive examination, and you work on a thesis to be defended only once in front of a jury chosen by the two partner universities. Once you have completed your doctoral program, each university confers a separate degree, with a mention of the cotutelle collaboration on the degrees.
Why choose a cotutelle doctoral program?
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/or 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.
Doctoral candidates enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Ottawa (home university) and benefitting from an admission or excellence scholarship with an average of 8.0 are eligible for the cotutelle doctoral program.
For doctoral candidates enrolled in a doctoral program at another university and wishing to do a cotutelle with the University of Ottawa (partner university), you must submit an application for admission to the doctoral program. To be eligible for a cotutelle, you must have an admission average of 8.0 from an accredited university, calculated according to the University of Ottawa’s guidelines.
Once your cotutelle agreement is signed, you must register at both universities for each term (session) and each year until you complete your doctoral program.
You pay tuition to the University of Ottawa when you are studying in Ottawa.
When you study at the partner university, you must pay the tuition fees of that university. For doctoral candidates whose home university is the University of Ottawa, you must pay the cotutelle fees to the University of Ottawa during your stay at the partner university.
Preparing a cotutelle doctoral program
The main steps to prepare a cotutelle doctoral program are:
preparing a Letter of intent (.doc) (to be signed by thesis supervisors from the two universities, and by the doctoral candidate) subsequently
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of the signed letter of intent and please indicate in the email the name and email address of both supervisors as well as the name and email address of the person who coordinates cotutelles in the partner institution. If you are already registered with the University of Ottawa, please also indicate your student number
We will then contact the partner institution to prepare a Cotutelle doctoral program agreement document (to be signed by both institutions).
For both steps and for additional information, you should contact the person in charge of cotutelles at the University of Ottawa at cotutelle@uOttawa.ca. Since it can take up to a year to complete the whole cotutelle agreement process, we recommend that you obtain the necessary information and start the process as soon as possible.
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