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Information for students, faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. (Updated: 3 december 2020)

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Doctoral education

(Last updated: 27 November 2020, 16:14) The COVID-19 pandemic can, in some cases, have huge impacts on doctoral students’ abilities to carry on their work with changed conditions 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 the 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.

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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.

Learn more about defence of thesis and spring graduation

Posting ceremonies

All posting ceremonies at the University Library are cancelled until further notice and it is not possible to make bookings for future ceremonies during COVID-19. Doctoral theses must, as usual, be posted in DiVA at least three weeks before the public defence.

Learn more about posting ceremonies

Posting and posting ceremony