International co-supervised PhD scholarships
Call for projects until : Mar 01, 2020

Presentation of the call

Objective of the call 

The call for”international co-supervised PhD scholarships” helps to strengthen the scientific links and collaborations of Aix Marseille University (AMU) with the international neuroscience community. This call aims at providing an exceptional opportunity for talented young researchers to have an international PhD training, with the possibility of obtaining a double PhD degree in the case of “co-tutelle”.


  • Deadline for project submission: March 01, 2020
  • Call for PhD candidates : March 15, 2020
  • Deadline for PhD candidate application: May 2020
  • Interview of selected candidates: June 2020
  • PhD starting date : October- December 2020

Description of the call

Researchers (with HDR) from the AMU Neuroscience community are invited to submit a scientific PhD project in collaboration with an identified foreign academic partner who will act as PhD co-supervisor. Note that any supervisor of a PhD student who received a scholarship in the previous year (2019) from one of the 3 calls -Neuroschool international co-supervision, Neuroschool international PhD, and doctoral school ED62 calls- will not be eligible to apply.

It is mandatory to establish an official partnership with the foreign University or Research partner institution and to provide a letter of consent for PhD registration and supervision as well as for commitment to financially support the PhD student (see the “Funding and Support” section below).


Any international partner institution is eligible, however special attention (and priority in case of equal ranking) will be given to AMU established international partners (see List below). The possibility to provide a double PhD degree (“co-tutelle”) will be strongly encouraged.

List of priority foreign partner institutions:

CIVIS partners:

  • Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen (Germany),
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece)
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
  • Sapienza, Universita di Roma (Italy)
  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain)
  • Stockholm University (Sweden)
  • University of Bucharest (Romania)

NeuroSchool partners:

  • Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (Germany)
  • University of Helsinki (Finland)
  • Université de Montréal (UdeM, Canada)
  • A*Star associated universities (Singapore) :
    – National University of Singapore (NUS)
    – Nanyang Technology University (NTU)

Funding and support

NeuroSchool will fund up to 50% of the 3-years PhD fellowship while the remaining part will be covered by the partner institution.

Be aware that Neuroschool will not pay any travel costs: other specific sources of funding can be found (including the AMU labs/teams).

Note that the implementation rules for an official “co-tutelle” impose that the student registration fees are paid only at one of the two institutions, however fees have to be paid at least once in each of them.


The successful candidates must register for their PhD at AMU, in neuroscience, and do their research work on a full time basis either in the AMU research laboratory or in the partner institution abroad, according to a predetermined schedule agreed between the supervisors. The PhD will last for a period of 3 years starting no later than December 2020.

Pecuniary information

Monthly salary from AMU: 1,768,55€ (gross), i.e. approximately 1421€ (net), but subject to contribution rate changes. The salary provided by the partner university will depend on each specific agreement.

Expenses: applicants will pay their annual tuition fees (around 400 € at AMU) and, when needed, their visa fees.

Co-direction: registration and tuition fees can/must be paid at the international partner University depending on the specific agreement between the partners.


Call for projects

Eligibility criteria for the candidate co-supervisors

The AMU co-supervisor must have obtained the HDR = habilitation à diriger des recherches, degree required to supervise PhD students in France.

The co-supervisor at the international partner institution must have the formal title necessary to supervise a PhD student in that institution.

Preparation of the application

The AMU co-supervisors will look for an international partner, and define the partnership and the perimeter of the PhD research project. In collaboration with their international partner, they will contact the foreign institution and finalize all administrative aspects for the partnership (co-supervision, registration, financial support…).

WARNING: In view of the difficulties in obtaining the letter of commitment from the partner institution specifying in particular the details of the co-funding, we authorize the project leaders to provide this document by May 1st at the latest (all the rest of the project must still be submitted by March 1st).

Please note that NeuroSchool only deals with (partially) FUNDING the PhD student salary : co-supervisors must comply with administrative validation and registration of the student and of the co-supervised PhD project as notified by both institutions.

Information about AMU administrative requirements for PhDs  in co-tutelle can be found on AMU International Affairs (DRI) website, including the form for the official collaboration agreement (in English and French).

Selection of international co-supervised PhD projects for funding by NeuroSchool 

After verification of their administrative validity by the NeuroSchool PhD Program, selected research projects will be published on the NeuroSchool and the international partner’s websites as well as advertised worldwide by mid-March, 2020.

The call for student applications will be circulated as largely as possible worldwide. Students’ applications which best match the scientific co-supervision projects will be selected by the two co-supervisors and the candidates will be interviewed by an international committee including  NeuroSchool members and representatives of partner universities.

Application forms

To submit a project, please download, fill in and resubmit the form available in the tab “Documents available for download”.

Call for applications

Opens on March 15, 2020

Selection of PhD candidates

Please note that graduate students from any  French or foreign universities (including those from Neuroschool) are eligible for these co-supervision PhD scholarships (which is not the case for the international PhD grants which are reserved for Master’s graduates from non-French universities).

The PhD candidates will be able to download the necessary documents from mid-March, 2020 on the following website:

The application must be submitted through our website, early May 2020, as a SINGLE PDF DOCUMENT containing:

  • A resume (with copy of the obtained degrees)
  • The document (“Choice of research projects”) highlighting the adequacy between the applicant’s background and the two selected research projects
  • A letter of motivation (500 words)

Letters of recommendation must be sent from two referees directly to using the template PhD-applicant-Evaluation-by-referees-2020 (see Call for applicants page to download it).

Candidates will be selected by a committee according to their background, the academic perspectives and the adequacy with the project.


The selection committee will shortlist a maximum of 10 applicants, who will be individually interviewed in late May – early June, 2020. The applicants are encouraged to prepare their interviews with the project leaders they have selected. Interviews may be done by Skype/videoconference.

The final decision will be known shortly after the interviews.

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