Joint Doctorates (JD)

Doctoral training with the aim of awarding joint, double or multiple degrees.

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The objective of the Joint Doctorates (JD) is the awarding of joint, double or multiple doctoral degrees and the promotion of intersectoral and multidisciplinary cooperation through the creation of joint doctoral programmes.

A Joint Doctorate must be composed of at least three institutions (beneficiaries) from Members States or Associated Countries entitled to award doctoral degrees. At least two of the institutions awarding joint, double or multiple doctoral degrees must be established in a Member State or Associated Country. The joint, double or multiple doctoral degrees must be recognised in the countries in which the degree awarding institutions are located. At the time of submission applicants have to provide a pre-agreement to award joint, double or multiple degrees.

Joint supervision of the fellows is mandatory. The establishment of a joint governance structure with common admission, selection, supervision and assessment procedures is expected.

Funding is calculated on the number of eligible person months in the form of unit costs. A maximum of 540 person months per consortium may be requested.

No more than 40% of the total EU contribution may be allocated to institutions from the same country or to one single international organisation.

Proposals will be evaluated in eight scientific panels. Applicants have to indicate the respective panel for the evaluation.


Proposals submitted to the previous call of MSCA Doctoral Networks under Horizon Europe and having received a score of less than 80% must not be resubmitted the following year.