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Graduate School of Science

Education and Supervision Plan

At the start of your PhD, you have to make agreements with your supervisors concerning your personal development and your supervision. These agreements must be recorded in an Education and Supervision Plan.

What it should include

The Education and Supervision Plan (ESP/OBP) contains agreements about your research, supervision, training, and potential teaching duties as a PhD candidate. It should be finalized no later than three months after the start of your PhD trajectory. It should at the minimum cover the following aspects:

  • The courses and training programmes you are going to follow in the context of your training as a researcher;
  • Agreements concerning the form and frequency of the personal supervision you receive during your appointment as a PhD candidate.

You meet with the supervisor on a regular basis, discussing research, training and teaching. Your development is formally evaluated annually during a ‘Result and Development assessment’.

What it should look like

You can find a general template for the ESP in the menu to the right. Some insitutes, however, use a modified version of the template, so please consult your supervisor about which template to use.

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