Checklist for the PhD candidate

If you need further information after reading this guide, contact your supervisor, head of department, the faculty's PhD coordinator or your employer.


  • Cooperate with the PhD supervisor to determine which courses should be included in the coursework component.
  • Carry these out at the earliest during the programme.
  • The entire coursework component must be approved by the doctoral committee
  • If you wish to include courses from another institution in your coursework component, apply to the faculty’s doctoral committee for approval prior to the implementation of the course.
  • The PhD Course Portal for Social Sciences can be found on the UiO website.

Progress Report

  • The annual progress report must be handed in by 31 January on the stipulated form.

Research project and Publication

  • Be realistic about the timeframe and budget for the project. Make room for the fact that experiments and analyses often have to be redone.  Publishing work often takes much longer than initially     planned.
  • The supervisor will assist the candidate in conducting literature searches and finding books and review articles that provide an overview of current research and its important issues. He/she will, in most cases, have a good overview of the subject area and its key literature.
  • Having as much as possible of your work accepted in scientific journals will be an advantage that can raise the quality of your dissertation, since you have already undergone thorough academic critique through peer review. The University library's services and website will be useful for literature searches.
  • Work in targeted way towards the thesis and other publications. Start writing as early as possible in the research process.
  • For experimental research, start writing as you plan, design and execute your experiments, and finish the work as soon as the research results are in place. Waiting too long will make it harder to work with the results and you will find yourself pressed for time towards the end of your fellowship. 

Research ethics

  • Familiarize yourself with relevant research ethics and guidelines.

Study Abroad

  • A study abroad will often require extra work, but is still highly recommended. Plan well in advance for a research period abroad.
  • The host institution and the research community must be chosen with care, and in cooperation with the supervisor.
  • If you wish to apply for a scholarship, you should be aware that many scholarship schemes have deadlines more than a year prior to departure.
  • The Research Council of Norway’s website also has information about its mobility schemes and deadlines. It is also possible to get directly in touch with the contact person for the programme you are interested in.
  • Your supervisor(s) may give you tips about possible scholarships.
  • There may be travel funding in certain research projects.
  • If you are unable to obtain funding from external parties, you may apply through the University of Stavanger's own study abroad scholarship scheme.
  • There is the possibility of tax exemption on salary if you travel to countries such as the U.S.
  • Some useful information about practical aspects of study abroad can be found on the researcher mobility portal EURAXESS.

Compulsory Duties

  • It is the candidate’s duty to account for the hours of work and to log all executed tasks.
  • The supervisor and the Head of Department must be duly informed about the scope of compulsory duties that are carried out.
  • If the scope of the tasks is beyond the agreed workload, there should be an agreement in place with the Head of Department, to either extend the period of funding or receive additional remuneration.