How to apply for MSCA Doctoral Network Joint Doctorate

To apply for Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions Doctoral Networks leading to the delivery of joint, double or multiple doctoral degrees grant, each university must sign a Pre-Agreement to be submitted in the application.

To learn more about the call for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Doctoral Networks please see the information at the European Comission information pages and the full details of the call at the Funding & Tenders Portal.

The text below is to be used as additional support and guidance for KI researchers planning apply for a MSCA Doctoral Network leading to the delivery of joint, double or multiple doctoral degrees.  

At KI, the Pre-Agreement is signed by the Academic Vice President of Doctoral Education at KI. The Pre-Agreement is an assurance that the university will commit to award a joint, double or multiple doctoral degrees. At KI, the double degree is the preferred degree, if you are planning for a joint or multiple degree, please contact the international office for guidance. 

In order for KI to sign the Pre-Agreement each partner university must agree to follow the five declarations below.  The described declarations are to be appended and submitted to or by October 16, 2023 at the latest. There is no specific template for the declarations, but items 1 to 5 are to be attested andincluded in the declaration the declarations which must be dated and signed by the relevant central administrative and academic representatives (e.g. administrative manager/head of the Legal Unit/head of the International relations office and dean/pro-dean, respectively) at the university in question. The Academic Vice President of Doctoral Education at KI will make the decision to sign or not sign the Pre-Agreement after review of the submitted declarations. 

Guidelines for approving Pre-Agreement   

A university that a KI applicant proposes for inclusion in a consortium within the framework of a Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions Doctoral Networks leading to the delivery of joint, double or multiple doctoral degrees must attest that: 

  1. it is prepared to waive any doctoral tuition fees for the students in the consortium 
  2. it is prepared to discuss how to arrange one – and only one – joint thesis defence on the principle of an open and publicly accessible examination with the unlimited right for members of the public to ask questions and interact with the respondents
  3. it accepts compilation theses based on at least two articles accepted in peer reviewed journals  
  4. KI is allocated at least two doctoral students with a principal supervisor from KI (i.e. at least two students employed at KI and who thus have KI as their home university)
  5. it accepts that doctoral education at KI comprises four years of full-time study (240 ECTS). 


If you have any queries concering the Pre-Agreement please contact the International Relations Office

International coordinator Lise-Lotte Vedin at or 08-524 87111 

International coordinator Lotta Lundqvist  at or 08-524 867 23

Doctoral education in the EU has a lot in common, but the national rules and regulations might differ as the rules, regulations and administration govern doctoral education at universities can be very different. 

Below are some important points to consider and discuss with your collaborators before applying for a MSCA DN-JD.

Support and general information

Lotta Lundqvist

International Coordinator

Lise-Lotte Vedin

International coordinator
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