Barrande Fellowship Program

The French Institute in Prague and the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MSMT) are launching together a new mobility program for both PhD students in the Czech Republic applying to go study in France, and students in France applying to go study in the Czech Republic.

Barrande fellowships:

  • Cotutelle (double-degree Phd)
  • Short research stays

The same rules and conditions apply for both types of mobilities.

  • We offer a stipend to fund either a doctorate in cotutelle or a short research stay
  • Students need to be registered either in a Czech University (for mobilities to France) or in a French University (mobilities to the Czech Republic)
  • All scientific fields are represented, including but not only:

             Life and natural sciences
             Exact sciences and engineering
             Economical and juridical sciences

Cotutelle (double-degree Phd)

This scheme, called “Cotutelle” in French, is a mechanism that promotes mobility among doctoral candidates while encouraging scientific cooperation between French and foreign research teams. Candidates conduct their research under the oversight of, and with guidance from, a PhD adviser from each of the 2 countries involved in the program. Working jointly, both advisers provide a full measure of supervision for the candidate. The candidate conducts his research in France and in the Czech Republic, under the terms of the agreement governing the program, the “Convention de cotutelle”, during 3 years maximum.

The Barrande Fellowship program offers funding to the PhD students doing a cotutelle between France and the Czech Republic. For 3 years, the student spends 5 months in the foreign country and receives a stipend (1000€ / 25 000 CZK approximately) for research stay abroad.

Short research stays

Short research stays have a length from 1 to 3 months and must take place at a university, research center or university hospital (CHU).

This mobility must answer the student’s need to stay abroad, for example to practice on specific research tools, to get familiar with a technic, to access resources only available in the foreign country, or to follow a short training….


The Barrande Fellowship Program is open to all students registered at a Czech university, for a research stay in France, and to all students registered at a French university for a research stay in the Czech Republic. Students enrolled in the program need to have higher education diploma (Ing. or Mgr.) before their research stay abroad.

Notes on language requirements

Our program is open to all English speakers as long as the French or Czech supervisor hosting the mobility agrees for the research stay to be performed in the English language.

How to apply

The application package should be prepared and sent following the rules in the Candidate booklet – cotutelle / Candidate booklet – short stay. Students must apply by February 14th, the link and all details for online application are to be found in the candidate booklets.

You can find further information at this link.

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