Call for expressions of interest from HEIs/universities - Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme (2020)

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission is calling for applications for its Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme (CDP) by 3 May 2020.  

The Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDP) is an initiative of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) to establish strategic collaborations with higher education institutions (HEIs/universities) that grant doctoral degrees (PhD).

CDP is characterised by research excellence and international reputation.

The purpose of CDP is to train a new generation of doctoral students in science and technology.

A specific focus lies on the science-policy interface.


HEIs/universities located in EU Member States and countries associated to the EU Research Programme Horizon 2020 are eligible for participation to the CDP.

HEI/universities can apply to one or more thematic fields with several proposals, each proposal submitted on a separate application form.

PhD positions

Doctoral studies under CDP are co-screened, co-hosted and co-supervised by selected HEI/universities and the JRC.

Doctoral students have the opportunity to carry out part of their doctoral studies at the JRC.


Please fill out the online form (EU Survey) to apply for the CDP.

Apply online


  • Closing Date: 3 May 2020 (23:59 CET)


  • HEIs/universities must originate from an EU Member State or country associated to the EU Research Programme Horizon 2020.
  • HEIs/universities must be entitled to award doctoral degrees directly and have administrative autonomy including signing agreements with external partners.

How to apply

HEIs/universities shall complete the application form (EU Survey).

A HEI/university can apply for one or more thematic fields with several proposals.

Further information

For full details, please see the EU Science Hub pages:

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