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International PhD Programmes

Here you can find two projects the represent the internationalisation of the Graduate Spirit curriculum. They are designed to provide PhDs at your graduate school with opportunities to follow international, jointly organized PhD programmes. E-learning provides international PhD candidates with additional flexibility and accessibility.

Project: Create international, joint degree, double degree or co-tutelle PhD programmes,  whereby part of the programme takes place at a foreign institution.   

One example are the Global PhD Partnerships of KU Leuven. One KU Leuven researcher or a team of researchers can apply for a four-year doctoral track, to be supervised in cooperation with one (or several) peers at a partner institution. The doctoral candidate may already be familiar with, or can be totally new to, the organization at the time of application. Approval of the candidate is inseparably linked to a guarantee of co-funding by the international partner for at least two years of the doctoral grant. The first call was launched at the start of the academic year 2018-2019, which will result in a first cohort of grantees by 1 October 2019. Eligible partner universities are: LERU partners (23); members of the European University Alliance (5); and other leading universities such as the University of Toronto, McGill University, Ottawa University, UC Louvain, Stellenbosch University, Waseda University, Tsinghua University, and Peking University. This is a  non-exhaustive list.

Another example, also developed at the KU Leuven, is the Global Minds Doctoral Scholarship Programme.

A third example is the so-called PhDnetLiterary and Cultural Studies’, developed at the University of Helsinki. Members of the PhDnet pursue their doctoral studies at JLU and one of the five partner institutions, where their projects are jointly supervised. Moreover, they are awarded degrees within a co-tutelle framework. The PhDnet offers a clearly structured three-year doctoral programme of high academic standard and with a distinctively international orientation.

Project: Besides offering regular courses for the international community, like English academic writing for PhDs, EGSH is currently developing three MOOCS for Coursera, as well as several E-learnings courses. Those digital means of learning promote blended learning and foster time- and location-independent ways to participate as an international PhD candidate.

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