Barrande Fellowship Programme

The French Institute in Prague (IFP) and the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MSMT) are launching together a new mobility programme 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.

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
  • Medicine
  • Humanities and Social 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 programme. 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 programme, the “Convention de cotutelle”, during 3 years maximum.

The Barrande Fellowship Programme offers funding to the PhD students doing a cotutelle between France and the Czech Republic. The student undergoes multiple stays abroad, under the terms of the agreement co-signed by the Czech and the French higher education institution, the “Convention de cotutelle”, for a maximum of three years.

The scholarship is awarded for each research stay abroad. The fellowship-holder undertakes a 5-month stay abroad every year for a maximum of 3 years and receives a monthly stipend in the amount of about 1,000 EUR in France / 25,000 CZK in the Czech Republic.  


Short research stays

The programme offers grants to Ph.D. students for a short-term research stay in France or in the Czech Republic. Length of a short stay is between 1 and 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 fellowship-holder receives a monthly stipend in the amount of about 1,000 EUR in France / 25,000 CZK in the Czech Republic.


The Barrande Fellowship Programme is open to all students registered at a Czech higher education institution, for a research stay in France, and to all students registered at a French higher education institution for a research stay in the Czech Republic. Students need to hold a higher education diploma before their first stay abroad.

Notes on language requirements

Our programme 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.


To learn more about the application process, please visit the Institut Français’ website. You can find the direct link here.

2022 Calendar

Application deadline: February 4th 2022
Evaluation committees: March 7th-18th 2022
Results: April 15th 2022



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