Development programme for doctoral students

Umeå University offers a Development programme for doctoral students to improve conditions for a long and sustainable working life for doctoral students in a competitive academic community.

The programme aims to contribute to increased knowledge and self-awareness for doctoral students and supervisors in order to strengthen the ability to meet the requirements and tough situations that arise in their roles.

Why should I take the development programme for doctoral students?

The programme

  1. Strengthens doctoral students in leading themselves and coping with demands for performance
  2. Clarifying the supervisors' responsibilities for the doctoral students' work environment
  3. Provides the doctoral student and the supervisor with tools to handle tough situations that can arise in the doctoral education
  4. Increases the doctoral students' abilities to handle the role and to enable a continued career after completed doctoral education by also supporting the supervisors and clarifying their role in relation to the doctoral students.

Who can take the programme?

As a doctoral student at Umeå University, you can apply to the programme if you get approval from one of your supervisors who also participate in the programme with you.

Programme set up

The programme is divided into three modules depending on how far into your doctoral education you have come. Introduction to the programme is incorporated in the first session for doctoral students and supervisors respectively. Doctoral students meet for three three-hour sessions. Supervisors have two two-hour sessions and also participate during the final hour of the doctoral students' final seminar. More exact times and dates are available under each module.

All sessions are held in English.


Module 1: Early stage doctoral students (terms 1–2) and their supervisors

Module 2: Half way doctoral students (terms 3–6) and their supervisors

Module 3: Final phase doctoral students (term 7 and onwards) and their supervisors

for more information, please contact

Mattias Jacobsson
+46 90-786 61 47

APPLication form

Apply now for the next Development programme for doctoral students.

Module 2 starts in Januari 2020
Module 3 starts in November 2020
Module 1 starts in September 2020

You do not need to have taken the previous module to apply for the following one. However, it is recommended to start with module 1.


Mattias Jacobsson