Information for students, faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. (Updated: 1 July 2020)

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Doctoral education

(Last updated: 17 June 2020, 15:41) The COVID-19 pandemic can have huge impacts on doctoral students’ abilities to carry on their work with changed prerequisites and effects on data gathering, conferences, courses and international exchanges.

The processing of all issues regarding this will take place individually. Hence, it is of utmost importance that your next follow up of your individual study plan (ISP) contains comments and documentation of the progress of your doctoral studies due to the pandemic, that is if you have been affected or not, and in the previous case, in what way you have been affected. Funding issues should primarily be dealt with by the department, thereafter the faculty and lastly the university administration.

Decisions of extensions due to COVID-19 are reached by the dean. To form basis for such a decision, a revised individual study plan must be presented stating what delays have occurred in the education.

Umeå University is planning on following up any potential implications on doctoral students’ length of study due to COVID-19.

Both EU and Swedish research funding bodies are now making funding calls for coronavirus research. Also, projects and applications are affected by the pandemic. The Research Support and Collaboration Office is continuously updating information on Aurora regarding funding.

Read more on Reasearch and COVID-19

Public defences of doctoral theses

Faculties have decided on the details for how to hold public defences of doctoral theses. Those concerned will receive information from the respective faculty. If you have any questions, please contact your faculty.

Posting ceremonies have previously been cancelled due to COVID-19. However, the Umeå University Library is now allowing bookings for posting ceremonies again. Ceremonies must have no more than 50 participants and social distancing must be respected. The electronic posting through DiVA must still take place at least three weeks before the public defence of the doctoral thesis.