DOCTORAL STUDY PLAN
The definition of the PhD topic is carried out in the Doctoral Study Plan in several stages by updating the research project for which the student has been selected and subject to remarks and suggestions along the whole duration of the thesis. The Doctoral Study Plan is consequently subject to supervision and validation by the Eu2P degree-awarding institution through the Eu2P Doctoral Board members and the approval of their related local doctoral school.
SUPERVISION OF THE DOCTORAL STUDY PLAN
The Eu2P Doctoral Board sets the standards that the doctoral student must achieve and approves for each student, an academic plan and a project programme involving mobility called "Doctoral Study Plan".
For this purpose, the Doctoral Board appoints during the first induction month a PhD supervisor in line with the student Research project synopsis. The PhD supervisor must belong to a Eu2P Academic Partner and hold an accreditation or an equivalent level to supervise doctoral thesis such as full professor.
In the first three months of the programme, the PhD supervisor oversees the student's progress, strengths or weaknesses, and guides him/her to the preparation of the Doctoral Study Plan that is submitted to the Doctoral Board at the end of the first trimester. The PhD supervisor in particular helps the student in the adoption of the most appropriate methodology to carry out his/her research successfully and guides him/her in the necessary research and drafting of a final thesis. There must be at least two meetings a year gathering the PhD student and the supervisor. Video-conferencing facilities may be used for meetings. The doctoral student may also benefit from other forms of peer monitoring in hosting academic and research centres.
Students and supervisors must be familiar with the recommendations to be found in "the European Charter for Researchers" (and the "Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers").
SETTING UP AND ANNUAL VALIDATION OF THE DOCTORAL STUDY PLAN
A Doctoral Study Plan must be established for each selected Eu2P PhD Student.
Eu2P members explicitly invite innovative, project proposals which are prepared to strike out into new fields. Within the programme, public and private Eu2P members can provide expert supervision and academic accompaniment in a wide variety of fields and their interconnections.
- The Doctoral Study Plan, drawn up during the first term of the PhD curriculum between the PhD student and his/her supervisor, must detail:
- The thesis research project supervision such as appointment rules, names and roles of the supervisor
- The thesis research project conduct locations and the description and scientific justification of the mobility within the Hosting academic and research centres
- The research activities main lines and expected results
- The programmed portfolio activities
The plan is reviewed and approved by the Doctoral Board by the end of the first term. In case of minor or major corrections requested by the Doctoral Board, the student is granted an extra deadline of one month to establish an updated Doctoral Study Plan that is re-presented for final approval by the Doctoral Board.
The final validation of the initial Doctoral Study Plan is the last mandatory step needed before the student can actually finalise his/ her registration with the awarding Eu2P Academic Partner.
The Doctoral Study Plan must be yearly updated and validated together with the PhD student and supervisor. Each annual update must be sent to the Eu2P Central Office to be recorded and available for consultation by the Doctoral Board and each related doctoral school of Eu2P Academic Partners.
Requests regarding a change in subject and/or supervisor are to be made formally in writing by the student and are to be addressed to the supervisor who consequently liaises with all members of the Doctoral Board and the various research centres involved.
DOCTORAL STUDY LOCATION AND MOBILITY
The Eu2P PhD student is advised to make the most of the Eu2P consortium possibilities and build a close research network among the Eu2P partners. Each PhD student is based primarily at one Eu2P Home academic institution depending on his/her PhD supervisor.
The student is strongly encouraged to work at least 6 months of the programme at another public or private Hosting Institution.
- The Eu2P PhD student has the opportunity to perform the thesis research project in the premises of:
- A Eu2P Academic Partner
- An Higher Education Institution which it is not a Eu2P partner
- A non-Higher Education Institution, which may or may not be a Eu2P partner
In all cases, the Eu2P PhD student must be supervised by the PhD supervisor appointed by the Doctoral Board, belonging to a Eu2P Academic Partner and full or associate professors.
When the student is conducting research in another location than the supervisor institution, a local tutor is appointed by the supervisor. In any case, the tutor must be full or associate professors or equivalent with full authority to graduate PhD i.e. must have an academic accreditation to supervise research.
Mobility to a public or private institution must be justified in the Doctoral Study Plan.
For PhD students currently pursuing in parallel their work at one of the Eu2P Associated Partner's premises, the mobility requirement may be adapted in the Doctoral Study Plan, upon specific agreement granted by the Eu2P Doctoral Board.