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StartingDoc program | Goals | What could such a program bring you | Contents | How does it work? | Application | Next round | Other forms
 

StartingDoc program

StartingDoc is a « group-mentoring » program addressed to women at the very beginning of their academic career. This program concerns beginner PhD thesis students from universities of Lausanne, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Fribourg and from the Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). This program offers to PhD students useful tools to succeed through their academic path. The « group-mentoring » frame facilitates the constitution of networks and the transmission of information between more advanced and novice women.

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Goals

StartingDoc intends to encourage and train beginner PhD students (the "mentees"), as they participate to group meetings with an advanced researcher (the "mentor"). Those meetings aim to give to beginner PhD students the possibility to develop professional abilities. 

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What could such a program bring you

- Tools to manage the specific stages of your academic career
- Building a network that will enable you to achieve your PhD thesis without being isolated and that you will use when the present program will be finish.

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Contents

This program doesn’t deal with the scientific aspect of your PhD thesis but is focused on the structural aspects that one has to know to achieve a PhD thesis such as :
- Milestones of the academic path
- How universities and faculties get organized
- Researcher rights
- Work management/ balance between teaching and research
- Personal link with PhD thesis subject
- Researcher identity in the scientific field
- Participation in symposiums
- Building networks
- Publications
- Work-life balance

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How does it work?

The program works with groups composed of 6 mentees, meeting regularly during 16 months with their mentor. Each group manages the arrangement as well as the content of meetings, according to the participants needs.
At the beginning, at the middle, and at the end of the program, a meeting will be organized with all the participants, at University of Lausanne. 

Knowledge developed during the mentoring will be gathered together at the end of the program in a publication aimed for future PhD students. Interesting information for researchers will be gradually posted on the website as the program takes place.

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Application

Mentees (PhD students)

Please send us your application, by filling the on line form enclosing the following items:

  • the application form
  • a Curriculum Vitae
  • a covering letter stating your expectations regarding this programme and your reasons for enrolling
  • a summary of the content of your planned thesis and its progress (maximum one A4 page)

 

Mentors (Post-docs, Senior researchers and professors)

Please send us your application, by filling the on line form enclosing the following items:

  • a Curriculum Vitae
  • a covering letter stating your expectations regarding this programme and your reasons for enrolling
     


Deadline for registration : 31 December 2013

 

By enrolling, you understand the need to respect the framework programme, consisting of …

  • The launch day
  • The closing conference
  • The mentees meeting (for mentees only)
  • The mentors workshops (for mentors only)

… and also to assiduously attend group sessions. Mentees are also aware of the risk of exclusion from the programme if more than three absences without justification are recorded.

 

Participation in the programme may involve considerable travel between the four cantons involved (Geneva, Lausanne, Fribourg and Neuchâtel). Travel expenses (reduced rate) may be refunded on request using the form provided for this purpose.
 

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Next round

Dates 6th Round (2014-2015)

Application deadline: 31 December 2013

For all participants :
Opening day : 21 Mars 2014
Final symposium: June 2015

For the mentees:
Mentees meeting : November 2014

For the mentors:
First workshop :  14 March 2014 (all day)
Second workshop : October 2014 (all day)

Next round of the program will begin in 2014.

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Other forms

Transportation refound

pdf   Form_RbtTrain_en_1.pdf  (135 Kb)

Mentoring contract

pdf   Convention_de_mentoringSD_2012_EN.pdf  (511 Kb)

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