International Doctorates


Objective: increasing the expertise of the new generation of researchers through the international opening-up of doctoral studies.

Being one of the most emblematic university degrees, the Doctorate closely combines academic education and high-level research. The International Doctorate program of the University of Bordeaux' Initiative of Excellence has supported already more than 135 internationalization projects (joint international supervision, double diploma programs, outgoing mobility) of promising doctoral students doing their theses in an international context. Doctoral students on the "International Doctorate" program thus play an active role in the consolidation of strategic partnerships for the University of Bordeaux (institutional agreements, partner international laboratories, thematic networks, collaborations with renowned universities, etc.).

On its new programming period 2017-2020, University of Bordeaux' Initiative of Excellence wish to pursue its action towards the internationalization of doctoral studies, both in terms of integrating international aspects in the doctoral training or of implementing attractive schemes for international talented young researchers and strengthening a targeted international strategy.

  • 1. Outgoing mobility for Bordeaux doctoral students

The call opens on December 13, 2017 (deadline: February 5, 2018). Access to the call documentation here

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The call opens on December 13, 2017 (deadline: February 5, 2018). This call is open to thesis supervisors (being authorized by the submission deadline) from the 9 doctoral schools of Bordeaux to support international thesis (cotutelle or cosupervision) with one of the targeted partners in order to encourage the cooperation developed over the past years in various domains, starting from the 2018-19 academic session. Interested thesis supervisors may download all relevant information (application process, deadlines) on the college of doctoral studies website

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College of Doctoral Studies / International Office

Laurie François
Program manager

Tel : 05 40 00 24 65


135 projects supported including 43 mobility projects and 92 doctoral contracts (among which 59 are co-financed) 1 PhD on 3 is a foreigner 
71 international academic partners Out of the 92 doctoral contracts, 64% lead the award of a double degree (cotutelle) 
Julie Jezequel, doctorante Campagne doctorat International 2012, sous la direction de Laurent Groc, Institut Interdisciplinaire de Neurosciences© Julie Jezequel

On a purely scientific level, this exchange has increased the scope of my technical skills and enabled me to investigate an in vivo aspect of my project. […] Moreover, this joint supervision gave me the opportunity to create links with the University of Bordeaux and the MIT. […] On a more personal level, having been able to benefit from the exceptional environment of the MIT campus is clearly an asset for my young scientist’s career. 

Julie Jezequel,
Doctoral student, International Doctorate Campaign 2012, under the leadership of Laurent Groc, Institut Interdisciplinaire de Neurosciences