Junior researcher luncheon

The graduate schools of Faculty Arts and Humanities is launching a new event series this semester called „Junior researcher luncheon“. In this lunch-seminar, PhD students are given the opportunity to discuss various topics relevant to the start of your career as a researcher. 

The luncheons will take place once a month on Monday. The topic of the first seminar (19.10) is „Publishing and reviews: how to accept and provide criticism“. The seminar will be held in Estonian and led by Nelly Mäekivi.  The second luncheon will take place in November and the topic will be “Open science: how and why?”. The second luncheon will be held in English.

NB! We very much welcome the input of all PhD candidates on which topics to cover in future seminars. What would you like to talk about with your colleagues? What concerns do you have in relation to starting your academic career?

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Satisfaction survey among doctoral students starts on Thursday

From 2 April to 4 May, all doctoral students of the UT are invited to share their opinion on their studies to help the university plan changes in doctoral studies.

The University of Tartu is planning major changes in doctoral studies in the coming years. The vision for the development of doctoral studies has been prepared. The requirements for doctoral theses are being updated. The university has also supplemented the doctoral students’ income by the performance stipend.

Now, all doctoral students have the chance to influence the direction of the planned changes. For that, all doctoral students are asked to respond to the survey on their satisfaction with doctoral studies at the UT. Invitation to participate in the survey will be sent by e-mail to all doctoral students on 2 April. The survey will close on 4 May 2020.

The survey is organised by the UT Centre for Applied Social Sciences (CASS) in cooperation with the Office of Academic Affairs. In addition to the survey, the Office of Academic Affairs and the Rector’s Strategy Office are using UT databases to analyse the general situation of doctoral studies at the university.

Additional information:
Monika Tasa
Project manager of the survey

New course for doctoral students 

Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Tartu, new course for doctoral students HVHV.00.013 "Introduction to Doctoral Studies in the Humanities" (2 ECTS)

The course is open for registration 15.05.2019-01.09.2019, registration deadline for the first-year students is 16.09.2019.
More information here

More information in SIS

The course is primarily intended for first-year doctoral students at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Tartu. Nevertheless, other doctoral students at the faculty are also welcome if the course seems relevant for their professional development.

The course is conducted both in Estonian and English.

Central topics of the course

  • what do you need to know about the organization of doctoral studies at the University of Tartu
  • how to plan your doctoral studies
  • what should be kept in mind for a successful annual review
  • how to choose between article thesis and monograph
  • how to write and publish research texts
  • how to use sources and databases
  • and other essentials for a new humanities doctoral student.

Brief description

The course begins with the orientation session by the graduate schools in September 11, 2019. The following lectures and seminars introduce the aims and organization of doctoral studies at the University of Tartu, planning one's studies, annual review, types of theses (article thesis and monograph), sources and databases, reference management tools, project-based research, writing and publishing research texts, conference culture, and principles of Open Science.

After completing the course, PhD students

  • understand documents regulating doctoral studies and the good practice of doctoral studies and research
  • can purposefully plan their doctoral studies and subsequent (academic) careers and set achievable aims
  • know and use leading publications in their discipline and understand the principles of classifying publications
  • can plan the publication of a research article, among other things using skills necessary for reviewing in this process
  • systematically use research databases and reference management tools in their research
  • understand the operation of project-based and Open Science and plan their work in accordance with their requirements.