Joint Supervision of a PhD

Procedure for establishing a Joint Supervision Agreement of a PhD at UMONS

Admission :

Doctoral candidates must fulfil all the legal conditions for admission and must be accepted by the board. Once a supervisor and candidate have agreed on the intended thesis, those responsible for third cycle admissions at the faculty secretariat can be contacted.

Joint Supervision Agreement :

For each joint supervision, the partner universities sign an agreement adopting a principle of reciprocity and describing the academic terms of the joint supervision. Depending on the specifics of each case, financial and/or intellectual property terms may be included directly in the agreement, or may be defined in an additional agreement (see below).
Once the admissions application has been submitted to the secretariat of the faculty concerned, and the potential request for funding has been made, a Joint Supervision Agreement must be established with the supervisor at the partner university

For a Joint Supervision Agreement with an institution outside of the French Community of Belgium, a template agreement is available, upon request, at the International Relations Office. Once the text of the agreement has been agreed upon by both supervisors, it must be submitted to the International Relations Office, who will make any necessary changes, and who will then send back to the supervisors for approval. Once the amended text has been approved by both supervisors and the International Relations Office, it will be submitted to the Academic Affairs Department for a final read-through. If no major changes are made, the Joint Supervision Agreement will be signed by the UMONS parties and then sent to the partner university to be signed. Otherwise, the supervisors will be informed of any major changes so that they can validate the amended text.

For a Joint Supervision Agreement with an institution within the French Community of Belgium, please contact the Academic Affairs Department in order to set up the agreement.

Financial Agreement:

Once the UMONS supervisor has established a tentative agreement for a thesis to be carried out under joint supervision with a partner university, a financial agreement will be drafted with the assistance of the AVRE.

Intellectual Property Agreement:

For Intellectual Property Agreements, it is also necessary to contact the AVRE once the future doctoral student has been admitted.

To assess any possible tax exemption, please contact the Human Resources Department, when the candidate has been admitted.

For more detailed information, please consult the Vade-Mecum related to Joint PhD Agreements.

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