To uphold the doctoral students’ balance

The seminar is divided in two parts and is aimed at supervisors whose doctoral students have been admitted to the Development programme for doctoral students at Umeå University and who are about half way through their doctoral education (terms 3–6).

The overall aim with the seminar is to provide supervisors with tools and practical advice to manage difficult situations that may arise in the doctoral education in relation to doctoral students.

Seminar content

The focus is on the ability "to uphold the doctoral students' balance" and thereby the supervisor's formal and informal role in the work situation of established doctoral students. Areas that will be covered include the supervisor's role and importance when it comes to, for example, setting boundaries, managing stress, and ability to find a good work-life balance.

The seminar intends to develop the supervisors' ability to support doctoral students to better manage the ups and downs of the doctoral education.

Issues to be addressed are:

  • What does balance mean in the doctoral education?
  • How is my own work-life balance?
  • How does it affect me as a supervisor?
  • How do I identify signs of negative stress?
  • What can I do to help the doctoral student and prevent stress-related illness?
  • How can I contribute to creating a good work environment for my doctoral student?

Form of instruction

This seminar is held by professionals with broad expertise in psychology and extensive experience of doctoral students' unique work environment and work conditions. The seminar will consist of a combination of introductory lectures and discussions.

As a part of the programme, doctoral students and supervisors are expected to cooperate with preparatory assignments followed by home assignments.

As a second part of this seminar, supervisors are expected to participate in the final hour of the doctoral students' final seminar to enable reflection and feedback for both parties.


for more information, please contact

Mattias Jacobsson
+46 90-786 61 47

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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