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Information for PhD students admitted after January 2018

1. Submit your ISP (hard copy or .pdf with signatures)

Digital System coming soon.

Form 3.1. Individual study plan

The Individual Study Plan must be signed by the applicant, main supervisor and co-supervisor(s). Send signed ISP to the Doctoral education Administrator.

Supervisor description: Explain in detail what responsibility you will take for your PhD student with respect to monitoring their development, how and how often you will communicate with each other, how you will deal with activity/annual reports, what sort of environment (e.g. lab meetings, JCs) you provide etc.

Research and training plan - CNS template 

2. Present your research project in local environment 

It is required that you have a seminar in your local environment (for your research group, section/division) where you present your project before you have a meeting with the Director of Doctoral education at CNS. This is in order to ensure that you get input on your project from researchers in your field and that the quality of the PhD student projects in the department is reasonable.

3. Attend a meeting with CNS Study Director

Why: The purpose is to ensure that all aspects of the planned research and personal development plan, including supervision and research environment, are optimal and understood by all.

Who must attend the seminar: Applicant and main supervisor; co-supervisors and mentor are invited to participate in the seminar even though their attendance is not mandatory.

You should be prepared to: make a brief presentation of the project in English (max.10 minutes, no PowerPoint presentation) and discuss all aspects of the proposed individual study plan, research and training plan, individualised learning objectives, including any revisions requested by the board.

When: 4 times per year (febuary, may, septemer, november). The Doctoral education Administrator will send you an invitation so you can choose one of suggested dates.

Where: Widerströmska huset, Tomtebodavägen 18A, floor 5 (Hiss 1) - CNS conference room. The seminar takes approximately 1 hour.

Who holds the seminar: the Director of Studies and the Doctoral Administrator as they are jointly responsible for the formal administrative aspects of Doctoral Training.

What to expect at the seminar: In addition to an overview of doctoral training including description of mandatory administrative reporting tasks, you will have the chance to meet the Director of Studies and the Doctoral Administrator in person. Additional supervisor/PhD students might attend the same information seminar, so might be presenting your training plan to several scientists.

CNS Conference room: Tomtebodavägen 18A, floor 5 (Hiss 1)

4. Take the introduction course; identify a mentor

Introduction course

Must be completed within the first year.

Doctoral education begins with a compulsory centrally-arranged introduction course.

We strongly recommend you sign up as soon as possible, as the earlier you do it, the more you’ll get out of it.

  1. Apply for the introduction course
  2. Complete 3 web courses before you participate in the oral lecture
  3. Participate in the oral lecture
  4. Your participation is registered in Ladok

No higher education credits are awarded for the Introduction course.


Must be identified within the first year - send your mentor's name and e-mail address to the Doctoral Administrator.

Who can be a Mentor?

An independent person who:

  • Can advise you in any aspect of your personal and professional development
  • Is not directly involved in your research project
  • Is not your family member

So choose someone you trust to give you honest and constructive advice.

5. Attend CNS 1-year follow-up meeting

Will be held in December each year.

Idea of ​​the day is to provide opportunities for inspiration and follow-up with the Director of Doctoral education for newly admitted PhD students.

The Doctoral education Administrator will send you an invitation.


Kseniya Hartvigsson

Doctoral education Administrator

Ingrid Skelton Kockum

Director od Doctoral education (CNS)