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In February 2017, the Rectors of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and the University of Groningen (UG) signed an agreement for postgraduate collaboration. This agreement allows the enrollment of (prospective) doctoral students in a double degree (DD) doctoral program in all academic fields covered by both institutions.

The double degree implies that students, who successfully complete a DD project and defend their thesis in accordance with the PhD Regulations at UNAM and UG, will receive a PhD degree from both institutions. Two researchers (supervisors), affiliated to UNAM and UG, share the responsibility for the supervision of the DD student. DD PhD projects generally take 48 months, during which period the student performs their research UNAM and UG. The period spent at either institution is expected to be approximately 24 months, but there is room for flexibility depending on the focus and demands of the PhD project. In general, the first year of PhD studies takes place at UNAM.


Students may first indicate their interest in the Double Degree Program by submitting a Declaration of Interest to the program coordination (hereafter: the Coordination). Once the student has identified supervisors at UNAM and UG, they start compiling their application. It is the supervisors who ultimately submit the application to the Coordination for evaluation.

The assessment of applications to the double degree PhD program is based primarily on the submission and subsequent evaluation of the UNAM-UG Double Degree PhD Application Form, which includes a research proposal, a motivational statement, and other relevant documentation such as a CV and proof of English proficiency.

IMPORTANT: Submitting an application under no circumstances implies admission to the program. Admission is based on the quality and feasibility of the proposal, the academic record and motivation of the applicant, the agreement of the relevant authorities at both institutions, the availability of funds, and other criteria the institutions deem relevant. Consult the sections below for more details.


The central coordination of the DD PhD program lies with the Coordinación de Estudios de Posgrado at UNAM and the Department of International Strategy & Relations at UG:

For UNAM: Dr Javier Nieto & Dr Cecilia Silva, Directors, Coordinación de Estudios de Posgrado

For UG: Joyce Fongers, Department of International Strategy & Relations

Institutional Procedures

Applicants need to be sure that they honor the joint application procedure as well as internal UNAM and UG procedures. These include:

For UNAM and UG

  • Prospective students send a completed “Declaration of Interest” to the Coordination at the earliest stage possible. This is also important if you require assistance in locating a supervisor.
  • Include in all steps the PhD supervisors, once they have been identified.
  • The complete application package, including the Application Form, should be sent to the Coordination by the respective supervisors for evaluation.
  • For all students accepted to the DD PhD program, an individual Double Degree Doctoral Agreement needs to be completed and signed by the authorized representatives. The Coordination guides this process.


  • Inform and seek approval of the Director of the individual postgraduate (PhD) program. UNAM can only allow students to enroll in the DD program if they have secured approval of the relevant postgraduate committee.
  • Inform and seek approval of the Postgraduate Directorate 
  • Honor deadlines set and procedures as outlined by UNAM for enrollment in the (DD) doctoral program

For UG

  • Inform the central coordinator at the earliest stage possible via the Declaration of Intent. The Coordinator will get in touch with the Graduate School of the faculty to which the supervisor is affiliated, and may provide assistance in the identification of potential UG supervisors.


Students enrolled in an accredited PhD program at UNAM typically receive a CONACYT scholarship. UG may provide a top up of this scholarship for the duration of the period spent at UG, up to a maximum of 24 months. UG and Graduate School policies apply and policies may be subject to periodical review. The Graduate School of Medical Sciences has made funding available within its Abel Tasman Talent Program for the strategic collaboration with UNAM.


I am an interested student, what should I do?

  1. Submit the Declaration of Interest to the program Coordination
  2. Compile your application package in close collaboration with your supervisors, following the instructions in the Application Form.
  3. Have your supervisors submit the application to the Coordination
  4. Upon approval, sign an individual double degree PhD agreement (procedure guided by the Coordination)

At all times: keep the Coordination informed of any development relevant to your application.