Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


This introductory, elective course is designed to support 1st year doctoral students in understanding how to build an early-career academic research profile and how to connect to and network with the international academic community. Students will also learn about the main academic conferences, academic journals, and publishing processes in their research field. They also gain practical insights into how to craft of a convincing doctoral research plan and how to apply for research funding from different national and international funding bodies. After the course the students will better understand the different ways a PhD journey can serve as promising foundation for an academic career in their field of interest.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 19.01.2022 - 31.05.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Ewald Kibler, Johanna Moisander, Nina Granqvist, Carl Fey

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Students are provided with understandings and ‘tips & tricks’ for writing a doctoral research plan, applying for funding, connecting to the international academic community, and building an early-career research profile. Class discussions support this learning and sharing of experiences, ideas, and questions. Teachers in charge provide introductions to the key themes and issues, provide the necessary reading materials, and provide the assignments.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Active participation in class, preparing for the classes, completing the assignments

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Students participate and engage actively in classes. Moreover, they conduct assignments between the classes as defined by the teachers, for example analysing different early-career academic journeys and how successful funding applications were made.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Instructions for writing a tutorial paper and other guidelines, available from the tutorial organizers.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    New students will be informed of details (time and place) in December