The participants in the PhD program for doctoral students will get access to academic productivity tools and preventative stress management tools to help them finish on time and at the same time be at good health. Furthermore the program aims to provide opportunities for exchange with other doctoral students.

Description of the program

Being a doctoral student can be both exciting and complicated, with a lot of unique challenges. Some doctoral students work alone on their dissertation with only the supervisor as support, others work in a research group that has common goals. Characteristic for most people is that life as a doctoral student is often perceived as pressing and with high demands on achievement.

Stockholm University has therefore developed a development program for doctoral students called The Stockholm University PhD program. The program concerns the challenges and performance requirements that doctoral students may experience and provide them with tools to deal with those challenges that they may encounter in the beginning, middle and in the end of their doctoral studies. More precisely, during this program, you will get access to academic productivity tools and preventative stress management tools to help you finish on time and feel good on the way.

Contains three different modules

The program also focuses on personal development. The program consists of three modules. Each module is for three full days + two half days. The modules are linked to how far you have come towards the doctoral degree, which means that you as a doctoral student must register for the module that is related to how long you have been a doctoral student.

Please note there are different dates for the different modules.

Contents module 1 and registration

  • Introduction to the doctoral student role: (from student to doctoral student) the regulations, rights and obligations of being employed
  • Project management tools: from what to how - writing a dissertation and finish on time, as well as getting tools to get started with writing
  • Academic productivity Tools: 80/20; end product focus; the unit method
  • Introduction to stress management
  • Create networks to support each other 
  • Visits by researchers who recently defended their dissertation. They share their most important experiences from the doctoral journey, focusing on the beginning of this journey

Dates: 10/3, 13/3, 3/4

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Contents module 2 and registration

  • Project management tools: From what to how; writing a dissertation and finish on time; and tools to get started with your writing
  • Academic productivity tools: 80/20; end product focus; the unit method
  • Working with your supervisors: Demands, expectations, and support
  • Self-management
  • Preventive stress management
  • Visits of researchers who have recently finished their PhD. They share experiences from their own doctoral studies and how to manage being in a critical environment with high demands on achievement

Dates: 17/3, 20/3, 24/4, 26/5, 2/6

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Contents module 3 and registration

  • Project management: planning the remaining time before the defense and planning for the time after the defense 
  • Self-leadership: to finish one career and to start the next phase in your career
  • Work environment: working in a sustainable manner towards the defense; the importance of recovery; and setting goals
  • Visits of researchers who have recently finished their PhD. They share experiences from their own doctoral studies and especially on how to make the transition from being a PhD student to a postdoc.

Dates: 28/4, 6/5, 29/5, 4/6, 18/6

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Target group and more information

The goal of the program is to create the conditions for doctoral students to finish their doctoral studies on time and at the same time be at good health. The target group is doctoral students. In the selection of participants, we strive for a group with equal gender distribution and area of study.  

Program manager: Karin Steffensen, Human resources, karin.steffensen@su.se

Instructors: Åsa Burman, Finish on Time and Jörgen Pellbäck, FeelGood

Location: The Wennergren Center, Sveavägen 166 and Stockholm University, Södra A huset, room A5118

Charge: All three modules of the program are free of charge.

Read more at Kompetensutveckling.