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THE FIRST GUILD SUMMER SCHOOL - Career-Readiness for PhD Candidates

The First Guild Summer School for PhD candidates will be hosted by Université Paris Diderot from 6-13 July, 2019. Focus will be on career-readiness while giving participants a unique opportunity to explore the professional applications of their research training in different contexts through courses, workshops, site visits, and networking events.

2019.02.27 | Maia Høyer Monod

The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities

Université Paris Diderot, 6-13 July, 2019 - The call for applications is now open!

  •  Are you a doctoral candidate thinking about your future career?
  • Are you curious about different career opportunities in research?
  • Are you looking to develop professional skills that complement your research background?

This Summer school is right for you!

Why Apply?

Doctoral degree-holders worldwide face shifting professional outcomes. European research-intensive universities have a responsibility to prepare their doctorates to apply their research training in a variety of professional contexts beyond higher education institutions, and to prepare them for the economic, ethical, cultural, and social challenges they will face throughout their professional lives. This summer school will give you a deeper understanding of the implications and applications of your research training, entrusting you with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to guide your future professional development.

In one intensive week, you will:

  • Participate in a combination of workshops, lab visits, as well as private and public sector site visits.
  • Network with other PhD candidates, lecturers, as well as European and national experts who will share their research and expertise.
  • Engage with local organisations and businesses, increasingly looking to recruit doctoral degree holders.
  • Expand your international academic and professional network
  • Gain cross-cultural perspectives on doctoral training and its career implications.

Participants will benefit from cross-cultural, interdisciplinary perspectives on the real-world application of their doctoral training and leave with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to guide their future professional development.  

The number of participants is limited to 40 participants.
PhD candidates from all fields of study are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

PhD candidates must be enrolled at a Guild Member institution. By PhD candidates, we refer to those who are in a doctoral program but who have not yet obtained their doctoral degree- and who are reflecting on the professional direction of their doctoral training, in light of the career preparation focus of the curriculum.

The summer school will be conducted in English. Participants must have strong listening, speaking, and writing skills in English. We recommend that applicants possess a level that corresponds to a minimum B2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Program Fee

Program fees (tuition and accommodation) will be covered by your home institution.

Travel to and from Paris as well as international insurance (must include civil insurance) are not included. Please check with your home institution whether they will be financing these additional costs.

Application Procedure

Required Application Documents
Interested PhD candidates must submit the following documents as one single PDF document in the EUROPASS format to institutional coordinator Stine Birk Kristensen, e-mail: stinebk@au.dk

  • Cover Letter detailing (1 page max.):

    • the Applicant’s motivation for participating in this Summer School
    • the Applicant’s specific interest in the program’s thematic focus (career-readiness)

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) (not exceeding 2 pages)
  • The Language Passport
  • A short letter of endorsement from your supervisor

Deadline for applications
Applications must be sent as one single PDF file to Stine Birk Kristensen, e-mail: stinebk@au.dk, by 15 March 2019 at the latest.

All applicants will be notified of decisions by mid-April.

Note that non-EU citizens, depending on their citizenship, will need a short-stay visa. Please check with institutional coordinator Stine Birk Kristensen, e-mail: stinebk@au.dk.

For more information

Web Page: Guild Summer School
E-Mail: guildsummerschool@univ-paris-diderot.fr 

Talent development, PhD students
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