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.

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.

Why should I take the development programme for doctoral students?

The programme

  • strengthens doctoral students in leading themselves and coping with demands for performance
  • supports the supervisors and clarifies their role in relation to the doctoral students
  • clarifies the supervisors' responsibilities for the doctoral students' work environment
  • provides the doctoral student and the supervisor with tools to handle tough situations that can arise in the doctoral education
  • Increases the doctoral students' abilities to handle the role, which lays the foundation for a continued academic career after completed doctoral education.

Programme set up

The programme is divided into two steps depending on how far into your doctoral education you have come.

The first step is targeted at students who have not yet had their mid-seminar, and the second step to those who have had.

All sessions are held in English.

Step 1: The doctoral student role and doctoral students' work environment

Step 2: From doctoral student to PhD

for more information, please contact

Mattias Jacobsson
+46 90-786 61 47

Application form

Apply now for the next Development programme for doctoral students.

Application deadline for step 1: Monday August the 30th 2021

Application deadline for step 2: Monday October the 25th 2021


Step 1 starts in September 2021
Step 2 starts in November 2021

You do not need to have taken the previous module to apply for the following one.

Sara Rambe