Partner institutions must be reputable and have established procedures regarding cotutelle arrangements and / or doctoral regulations. We also seek to partner with institutions that have an equivalent level of rigor in their processes to ensure that Flinders’ requirements regarding quality research outcomes are met.
It is easier to develop agreements with institutions with which we have previously held cotutelle arrangements. For a list of these, please refer to the cotutelle information for students. students and the list of institutions with which we have other kinds of arrangements.
Resources required for a cotutelle
Cotutelle arrangements require some time and investment to establish, particularly to develop an agreement with a new partner institution. For supervisors, this often involves regularly liaising with their colleague at the partner institution and the student to work through any issues and ensure we have the information needed to develop a cotutelle arrangement.
They also require supervisory and research project resourcing investment by the College. For example, supervisors are involved in joint supervisory meetings with their co-supervisors and students while the student is at the partner institution and are likely to be more involved in the examination process due to an oral defence. Further, cotutelle students will require relevant project resources and the general resources provided to HDR candidates such as space, printing etc.
The 12 month tuition fee waivers provided to hosted international students also mean that Colleges are foregoing international tuition fees that would have otherwise been dispersed to the College.
Students are generally responsible for fees at their home institution and will receive a 12 month fee waiver to cover the tuition fees at the host institution. Some partner institutions will require students hosted under cotutelle arrangements to pay administration (or other similar) fees. Flinders provides a 12 month fee waiver to students hosted via a cotutelle arrangement and does not charge students amenities fees.
Students are usually responsible for funding travel, visa, health insurance cover, accommodation and other associated costs. This may be covered through a scholarship from their home institution, college/faculty or school funding, or other project-related funding sources or grants. Alternatively, many students have self-funded their host institution research visits, it depends on the circumstances of each individual student, the institutions and the research project. The Office of Graduate Research manages a Cotutelle Travel Grant to which Flinders’ students can apply for the cost of flights to and from the partner institution. However, other than the Cotutelle Travel Grant for Flinders’ students, neither Flinders or the Office of Graduate Research have a centralised cotutelle fund.