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Graduate School of Humanities

How to find a supervisor

Once you have decided on your field of research, you should start looking for a supervisor as early as possible.

Finding the right supervisor is a key element in the process of obtaining a doctorate. You can find a prospective supervisor by searching (the research area of) academic staff members on the Institute’s website (see links below). Please send them an email including your C.V. and research proposal.

A PhD supervision team consist of two supervisors. Both must hold a doctorate, and one must have the ius promovendi (the right to award a PhD). All full professors have ius promovendi by virtue of their position. A senior lecturer (UHD) only has ius promovendi if the Doctorate Board has granted it to him/her individually (PhD Regulations appendix 10). If the intended supervisor is not entitled to award a PhD, he or she will contact a full professor or a senior lecturer with ius promovendi on your behalf. Supervision can involve scholars from different institutes, faculties, and, exceptionally, universities. The supervisor has to confirm that he or she is willing to accept you as a PhD candidate before any further steps can be taken.

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