An institution established by the universities of French-speaking Switzerland, CUSO finances, coordinates and organizes joint doctoral activities on behalf of its members (Universities of Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel, and IHEID), associate member (ISDC) and partners (University of Berne among others).


The four French-speaking universities and IHEID have joined forces to offer joint doctoral programs in a variety of fields. In doing so, these institutions confirm that the training of doctoral students is becoming increasingly important in order to better respond to quality imperatives and to ensure increased professional opportunities for young doctors. CUSO also manages its own transversal program of generic competencies.

CUSO doctoral programmesCUSO doctoral programmes
Social sciences, exact sciences, humanities or natural sciences: CUSO programmes reflect the vast panorama of academic research in Western Switzerland.

doctoral candidateYou are a doctoral candidate and member of a CUSO institution?
You will find here the procedure to follow to register for a CUSO doctoral programme and its activities.

Structure and AdministrationCUSO Structure and Administration
Find out about CUSO's history, decision-making bodies, management guidelines, scales, regulations and reimbursement forms.

responsibleYou are responsible for a CUSO doctoral programme?
This section provides you with basic information on the management and organisation of CUSO modules.

The doctorate is an experience that transforms the person who goes through it. It allows you to test yourself and others. Between scientific deepening, methodological reinforcement and the development of numerous professional skills, the community and social relations play an important role. Within CUSO, the universities jointly offer a lively and constantly renewed range of activities to enrich this experience.

Dr. D. Billotte, Secretary general

Prof. Y. Flückiger, President

Activity report 2021 (in French)

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