About the course

During the course participants will reflect on what one does as a supervisor and discuss various ways to improve the supervision in order to facilitate doctoral students’ learning and development. Course participants will discuss with colleagues from different academic subjects and disciplines, and gain more insights into disciplinary and local traditions. The course will also offer lectures and seminars during which various aspects of doctoral supervision is highlighted. Practical exercises and case seminars are also included in the course. . All course meetings and seminars are for the spring 2022 moved online and held on Zoom.

Topics will include

  • The supervisor role and responsibilities
  • Facilitating doctoral students’ learning and development
  • Rules and regulations regarding doctoral education at Stockholm University
  • Ethics, gender and equality in supervision


The course involves four full-days online seminars where participants from different faculties and disciplines meet to critically reflect on and discuss aspects of interest for doctoral supervision at Stockholm University. Course participants are expected to prepare each course day by reading course literature and write course assignments. The course corresponds to two weeks full time, 3 credits.

Schedule Spring 2022

Course dates Time Venue
20 jan 9—16 *Online Seminar
21 jan 9—16 *Online Seminar
1 feb 9—16 *Online Seminar
17 feb 9—16 *Online Seminar
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*Online seminars are held in Zoom (guide on how to install an log into Zoom)

Zoom works better with a computer and headset!

Update Zoom to the latest version before each seminar. If you are a Mac user, open your Zoom application on your computer, go to the zoom.us menu and select “Check for updates” and install the upgrade. If you are a Windows user, open your Zoom application, click on your profile picture and select "Check for updates".

Course leaders Kirsti Niskanen, Professor Department of History and Maria Olson, Professor Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Education



Participants who actively take part in all the course meetings and complete the written assignments reives a certificate. Absence up to up to 25% can be compensated by participating in the corresponding part of a future course or through a task designed together with the course leaders.


Admisson and Course Fee

Participants must have doctoral degree (or equivalent) and be employed at Stockholm University or another university or university college. Applicants employed at Stockholm University will be given priority.

After accepting your place on the course your application to the course is binding. In case of cancellation after this point your department will be debited a cancellation fee of 2 500 SEK. By signing up you confirm that your registration is approved by the Head of (your) Department or equivalent.


Selection process

If there are more applicants than available places in the course we will make a selection of the applicants. It is therefore of the outmost importance that you fill in your application as completely as possible

The main criteria of admission is the date of application. We also prioritize applicants who have previously applied for this course but did not get a place. We also take into consideration that participants are evenly distributed regarding faculties, gender and experience in research supervision.

In the selection we also take into consideration the following criteria:

  • Applicants with experience in research supervision in cases where there is a lack among the other participants.
  • Applicants who will be supervising doctoral students parallel to the course


Application period

Application period for spring 2022 is October 15 to November 15. Notification of offered seats at the course is given in week 48. Applications submitted after November 15 will only be considered in the case of vacancies on the course.

Applicants employed at other Universities are welcome to apply to our courses but priority are given to those employed at Stockholm University. If you are accepted as a participant there will be a coursefee.


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The application for Research supervision — theory and practice spring 2022 is closed