SAVE-IT organizes research studies for a number of industrial PhD
students. PhD students accepted to SAVE-IT are offered financial
support, and are allowed to freely participate in a collection of
tailor-made network activities and graduate courses.
Hänninen is the SAVE-IT student representative, participating
in the SAVE-IT board meetings. If you, as a student, want to bring up
any specific questions about the school, please contact him.
PhD supervision and annual status report
A SAVE-IT industrial PhD student must be registered as a PhD student
at a department of a university. As such, each PhD student is
assigned a supervisor and should receive supervision on a regular
basis as specified by the rules of Högskoleförordningen (see e.g., employment
as PhD student, acceptance
to research education, research
education) and the local rules of the specific university. For
example, PhD students registered at MRTC should consider the following
web pages and documents:
Graduate education at IDE at MdH, Postgraduate
students at Mälardalen University and Postgraduate
studies handbook. A four page document describing how to organize
the regular meetings of the supervisor and the PhD student is Expectations of PhD
students and supervisors. For more funnier reading you can
consider Piled Higher
and Deeper, a comic describing life (or the lack
thereof) of PhD students.
At least once per year the PhD student and the supervisor should
together update and approve the ISP (individuella studieplan) of the
PhD student. The ISP can be seen as a tool to document the status of
the PhD studies and a help to plan the continued studies. It should be
noted that the ISP also is a juridical document defining the
obligations of the PhD student and the supervisor.
At the end of each year the PhD students and supervisors should
summarize the work done and the current status of the student to the
coordinator (this is information required by the KK-foundation). This information is
most easily collected from the already updated ISPs.
The supervisor group
Except the mandatory main academic supervisor each SAVE-IT PhD
student should be assigned an (or several) assistant academic
supervisor (bihandledare) and an industrial supervisor
(usually from the participating company). These supervisors together
forms the supervisor group for the PhD student. The supervisor
group should meet the PhD student on a regular basis (at least two
times per year). The dates of the supervisor group meetings should be
specified in the beginning of each year and be reported to the SAVE-IT
Each PhD student is also assigned an industrial mentor. The
mentor should support the student in practical issues at the company,
and market the research project in the local organization. The mentor
can, but does not need to be, the same person as the industrial
supervisor. The uppgiftsbeskrivning
industriell handledare och mentor document describes the roles of the
industrial supervisor and the mentor.
Budget and travels
The SAVE-IT students get a travel funding up to 50kkr / full time
study year. The travel funding should be requisted at the end of each
year using the form
for requisition of mobility support. For more details of the
requisition process, please see the form.
The academic supervisor(s) are in most cases in control of the budget
for the SAVE-IT student. This means that the PhD students should to
discuss things like costs for new computers, conference participation,
conference travels, etc. with their supervisors.
SAVE-IT also offer PhD students additional funding for longer
international research travels. PhD students interested in doing such
a travel should discuss their travel plans with their supervisor(s),
making sure that the trip fits their graduate studies. After that they
should make a travel funding inquiry to the SAVE-IT
coordinator, including a travel plan and a travel budget. The
funding has then to be approved by the SAVE-IT
board. See möjliga värdar
för internationella vistelser for examples of suitable hosts for
such international research visits.