After your PhD-studies

Doctoral studentships are temporary and expire when the four years of active study time have elapsed. Although those who have received a doctorate enjoy favourable conditions to advance in the labour market, it is important to think about what to do after your doctoral studies and explore the options available. Be familiar with the conditions governing financing and accommodation. If you live in a student flat, you are normally no longer entitled to stay there when the educational programme is completed.

Continued academic career

If you are interested in a continued academic career, it is a good idea if, during the last year, you foster contacts with potential future research environments and look into the possibilities of doing a post-doc. Your supervisor and the other senior researchers often have good contacts; it is a good idea to consult with your supervisor about future career opportunities early on. Financing for post-doc appointments can be sought from many sources and it is important to probe these sources in advance to put together well-developed applications.  Unfortunately, competition is often fierce for post-doc funding.

For consultation on project applications and financing, you can contact Grants and Innovation Office.

Safety nets

Doctoral studentship positions are eligible for unemployment benefits (unemployment insurance, or A-kassa) but the requirement are that you have been a member of the unemployment fund for at least six months prior to termination of employment. It is therefore strongly recommended that you, as doctoral student, remember this and join in advance. This is however, only valid for doctoral studens who have an employment, not scholarships.

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