How long do I have to stay at ULB?
  • Minimum: more than 3 months

  • Maximum: less than 1 year

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How much does the Certificate cost?
  • 279€ for the first registration

  • 32€ for the 2 optional re-registrations

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PhD thesis - Université libre de Bruxelles
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An international thesis

International Certificate in doctoral research training

The International Certificate in doctoral research training is a programme designed for PhD candidates registered for a PhD at a university other than ULB and who wish to pursue their research for a period of more than 3 months at ULB. It is only open to PhD candidates who cannot do their PhD under joint supervision (eg. stay of less than one year at ULB, home university regulations prohibiting joint supervision, etc.).

The programme content is tailored to the PhD candidate’s needs and is drafted by the hosting professor. The hosting professor must ensure that the thesis supervisor and Faculty Doctoral Commission agree with the programme. The programme contains research activities. It may also include scientific training in the field and transferable skills training.

At the end of their stay at ULB, the PhD candidate receives the “International Certificate in doctoral research training » which attests the successful completion of activities carried out during the stay at ULB.


Regulations are available in Frenchpdf and in Englishpdf.

Conditions of access

  • Being enrolled for a PhD at another university than ULB

  • Staying more than 3 months at ULB

  • The joint supervision is not possible

  • Agreementword signed by ULB and the home university

  • Consent of the supervisor (when signing the agreement)

  • Consent of the ULB professor (when signing the agreement)

  • Consent of the ULB Faculty Doctoral Commission

How to register


The PhD candidate contacts Ms Kitsopoulos (ULB Research administration office) in order to check whether the CIRD can be used in his/her personal case.


After getting the consent of Ms Kitsopoulos, the PhD candidate sends to Ms Kitsopoulos the agreementword signed by their home university and themselves, as well as the registration formword.


The ULB Research administration office collects required signatures from members of ULB staff.


When the agreement has been signed by all parties, the ULB Registration Department registers the PhD candidate.


The PhD candidate pays the registration fee.


The ULB Registration Department sends a proof of registration to the PhD candidate.



Dpt Rech, Service de support à la recherche

tel 02 650 4313, fax 02 650 2321,

Campus du Solbosch

ULB CP161, avenue F.D. Roosevelt 50, 1050 Bruxelles