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 you doctoral education you have come. All participants in the programme, doctoral students and supervisors, meet for a joint introduction. Doctoral students then meet in their module on three occasions for three hours per session. Supervisors meet on two dates and two occassions: the first includes the introduction and the first seminar, and the second the 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

Interested in participating?

Submit an expression of interest to participate in the next round of the Development programme for doctoral students. Preliminary start in spring 2020.

To the application form

Mattias Jacobsson