Doctorate Abroad

A stay abroad during your doctorate can be of tremendous benefit to a research project. Many topics call for an international perspective.

Bi-national doctorate

A “bi-national doctorate” or “Cotutelle de thèse” (dual doctorate) is supervised by both a German and a foreign university under an individual cooperation agreement, allowing you to gain experience of two university and research systems. These agreements can be concluded with universities in any country in principle.

Planning and Funding

  • Discuss your plans with the supervisor of your doctoral thesis in Bonn and contact the relevant people at your chosen university abroad.
  • Find out about any rules that might be stipulated in your doctoral degree regulations.
  • Contact your doctoral office or dean’s office.
  • An individual agreement must be set up for your project. You can find a guide and a template for your agreement on the German Rectors’ Conference221.

The German Academic Exchange Service funds doctorates supervised bi-nationally. Several short visits can be made within a period of up to two years.

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The French foreign ministry (MAE) developed the “Bourses d’Excellence Eiffel” (“Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program”) in 2005 to fund ten-month stays at French universities for highly talented doctoral students undertaking a “Cotutelle de thèse.”

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Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
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Funding opportunities for stays abroad during your doctorate

Depending on your subject and where you would like to go, the University of Bonn provides various funding opportunities for stays abroad during your doctorate.

Funding opportunities

Erasmus+ offers doctoral students a wide range of funding opportunities for study54 and research visits, short-term teaching76 assignments and vocational work shadowing87 in other European countries. You will need to be an enrolled student or a member of staff.

Doctoral students can take up a place at the University of Tsukuba, Japan.

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Among other things, the Bonn Graduate Center awards scholarships enabling students to take part in international conferences and invite second supervisors from a different country.

A number of foundations and organizations for the promotion of young talent also award scholarships for stays abroad.

You can find an overview on the Bonn Graduate Center’s website.

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The world’s largest funding organization for international exchanges for students and researchers offer various scholarships for doctoral students.

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Certificate for Intercultural Competence

The Certificate of Intercultural Competence is an extracurricular qualification from the University of Bonn that recognizes international experience, participation in language courses and many other international activities with a formal certificate. Students can complete it in as many semesters as they like while they are still studying.


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Olivia Schaefer

Study Abroad Advisory Service


Poppelsdorfer Allee 53

53115 Bonn (Germany)

+49 228 73-60613

Office hours

Please book an appointment via eCampus13131211116

  • Tuesday
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • Thursday
    01:30 pm - 04:00 pm

  • and by appointment
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