2023 Nov/06

We are launching PhD Grants for our PhD Students in Co-tutelle programs!

We are delighted to officially launch a new opportunity for our PhD Students across the Alliance!

In our quality as a transnational European higher education and research alliance, we aim to address global and local challenges by tackling coastal environmental, technical, economic and societal needs. Our EU-CONEXUS PhD Level Joint Actions Team is taking another step in this direction by launching a new Call for Grants for all EU-CONEXUS PhD Students in Co-Tutelle programs in Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability topics with co-supervised theses between two EU-CONEXUS partners.

We invite all eligible students to carefully go through all the information below and to apply!

General objectives of the PhD Grants:

  • Boost collaboration between EU-CONEXUS partners by encouraging interdisciplinary work on SmUCS topics by PhD students and supervisors in PhD programs;
  • Champion international networking and encourage PhD students to acquire new skills by providing them with mobility opportunities that allow them to study, train, teach, and do research in partner institutions;
  • Support the development of new joint, flexible and innovative PhD Co-tutelle programs.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • PhD students from EU-CONEXUS partner universities with co-supervised thesis between two EU-CONEXUS partners can apply for funding through the PhD Grants as long as the bilateral Co-tutelle Agreement between the two universities has been signed.

Mandatory requirements:

  • Submit an application proposal
  • Ensure that the Co-tutelle thesis is within the field of Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability (SmUCS)
  • Ensure that the bilateral Co-tutelle Agreement between the two partner universities in EU-CONEXUS is signed prior to the moment of the application
  • Both supervisors from EU-CONEXUS partner universities must agree on the application
  • The PhD student has to submit the completed application form (Annex 1) via the following email address: doctoralschool@eu-conexus.eu
  • The call is active until July 2026 and the maximum number of grants is 15.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Relevance
    -Relevance of the PhD thesis for Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability
  • Eligibility criteria
    Existence of the bilateral Co-tutelle Agreement between 2 EU-CONEXUS partners duly signed and in force
    Agreement of the 2 co-supervisors for the application

The EU-CONEXUS Doctoral School working group (WP4 EU-CONEXUS PLUS) will evaluate the application. Approved applications will be sent to EU-CONEXUS Research and Academic Councils for validation.

Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their application no later than 30 days from the submission date.


  • The funding/grant is €3000 (VAT included) per student and it is a lump sum. No justification for the spending is required.
  • The grant is a personal scholarship awarded to the PhD student in Co-tutelle. It can only be granted once during the Co-tutelle.
  • Co-funding from partners’ own funds or from public or private funds is allowed.
  • The grant will be awarded to PhD students by EU-CONEXA organization.

For further inquiries or follow-up questions, contact doctoralschool@eu-conexus.eu.

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