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International Opportunities during your PhD

You have many opportunities for an international experience as a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Medicine. You can attend courses, research schools, seminars and conferences abroad, visit or shadow colleagues abroad to learn new approaches to your work, methods or technologies. Collaborate with foreign universities or research institutions to further develop your dissertation or teach. If your LU supervisor is part of a larger research collaboration with an university abroad you may be able to take part in a joint or double degree program. 

Take the opportunity to gain a new perspective and broaden your international network, opening new paths for your future career!


To consider before planning to go abroad

  • Why? What are the goals you aim to achieve with your time abroad? How are these goals relevant to your research projects and dissertation?
  • What? What activities abroad will help you achieve these goals?
  • Where? Where can I achieve these goals? What destination would be relevant and meaningful for you? Do you or your supervisor have any connections, collaborations or networks that could be of use?
  • When? Start planning and discussing with your supervisor early! Have you come further enough along in your PhD program and research projects to reach your goals? Do you have enough time left of your program to apply the lessons learned from your period abroad?
  • How? Make a budget and schedule in communication with your supervisor. What internal and external funding is available?

For information about traveling as an employee at LU, including information about travel insurance, see Business travel. 


Part of a research project

Contact another research group abroad working in your field where working together could be mutually beneficial.

Courses

Apply for compulsory or elective courses at an university abroad. You many be exempt from paying tuition fees if Lund University has a cooperation agreement with the host university. If you hope to transfer course credit towards a compulsory course at Lund University, contact the LU course leader early in the process. For more information, see Credit transfer. 

  • Doctoral students can be categorized as students in the Erasmus+ programme, which makes it possible to apply for Erasmus + scholarship for exchange. The studies at the host university should include at least three and a maximum of twelve months of full-time study. There must be a formal cooperation agreement with the receiving university to gain access to the Erasmus grant. If there is no agreement with the university you are interested in, contact the International Office for a discussion.
  • If the course is short, within the EU / EEA and can be classified as professional development, it may be possible to apply, you can apply for a scholarship within Erasmus + staff training.

Teaching

Teach, lead seminars or supervise at another university and thus develop your pedagogical and language skills. Combine a teaching assignment with a study visit, course, conference or work as a guest researcher in another research group.

  • Seek funding through Erasmus + teacher mobility for educational assignments in the EU/EEA.
  • There must be a formal cooperation agreement with the receiving university to gain access to the Erasmus grant. If there is no agreement with the university you are interested in, contact the International Office for a discussion.

Networks, summer schools and conferences

The Faculty of Medicine and Lund University are active in various international networks concerning doctoral education. There are opportunities for participation in the network, at conferences, summer schools and workshops.

Professional development, study visits and job shadowing

Job shadow or visit a research group or colleague abroad. They may have equipment or a method that you would like to learn to use or you may want to learn to project manage from colleagues who have successfully run a large, well-funded project. This could broaden your network and improve your skill sets, better preparing you for your future career.

Joint or Double degree programmes

The Faculty of Medicine has a number of collaborative programmes with universities abroad that enable joint or double degrees. Participating doctoral candidates have at least two main supervisors, one from each participating university,  and must fulfill the requirements of both PhD programmes. This means that the doctoral candidate spends at least 1 year at the partner university working on research projects included in their dissertation. Initiatives for collaboration that lead to a joint or double degree demands the involvment and support of your supervisor at Lund University.


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