WelcomeWe offer our PhD candidates a full or part-time interdisciplinary training program that can be tailor-made to meet specific research and career perspectives.
During your PhD, you will focus on scientific research culminating in the defense of a PhD thesis, but it is also important to use this opportunity for self-development. Therefore, your PhD training can also focus on research skills and knowledge as well as competences required to take your next career step. The RIMLS PhD program is recognized by the KNAW.
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Frequently Asked Questions RIMLS PhD program
30 EC points are required for the completion of the RIMLS PhD program. You can obtain EC points either via compulsory components or elective components, which you can tailor to your individual needs e.g. through following or teaching courses, attending conferences or presenting you work at conferences.
Below you will find some frequently asked questions. If your question is not covered please contact Margret Achour.
Why is it important for me to complete a Training & Supervision Plan (TSP)?The Training & Supervision Plan (TSP) is an important tool for you to monitor your progress throughout your PhD. It clearly states who you supervisors are, your mentor as well as other important information such as goals to be achieved each year. The TSP is an integral part of your annual appraisal discussions with your supervisor(s) and should be updated on a yearly basis.
Where can I find the latest forms?You should always use the latest version of the TSP forms. They can be found on the download page of the PhD program website: link to Registration Form and link to Progress Form and link to Exit Form
Do I need to update my TSP every year?Yes. Within 8 weeks from the start date of your contract you should submit a completed Form A to the Margret Achour. Annually you should complete Form B (both parts). The deadline for Form B is calculated as 12/24/36/48 months from the start date of your contract. TIP: put a reminder 2 months beforehand in your agenda.
When should I complete Form C?Form C should be completed at the end of your PhD period at the time of submission of your thesis to the manuscript committee or immediately upon premature termination of your project.
I have decided to stop my PhD what should I do?Please inform the Margret Achour of your decision and complete an Evaluation Form.
Why is it important for me to have a mentor?Every RIMLS PhD candidate is assigned a mentor. Throughout the entire program, the mentor will stimulate you to explore your abilities and develop general research competencies, including reflection, work organization and mid and long-term planning. In the event of problems or disputes the mentor can be approached as an independent mediator.
How do I get a mentor?At the start of your PhD a mentor will be assigned. A mentor should not be working in the same project or department as your supervisor.
How often should I contact my mentor?You should meet with your mentor within 8 weeks of the start date of your contract and once per year thereafter. It is your responsibility to arrange a yearly meeting with the mentor. In case of problems you should contact your mentor immediately.
My mentor doesn't respond to my emails. What should I do?You should contact Margret Achour. A new mentor will be assigned for you.
If there are changes concerning promotors and/or co-promotors, Marloes de Jonge can adapt this in Hora Est.
Why is the peer-to-peer welcome meeting necessary?PhD candidate members of the PhD committee will meet you in a small group of fellow PhD candidates that have just started to provide background information about the RIMLS PhD program and other PhD related affairs. It is a great way to meet some of your colleagues and get handy tips for success!
What is the difference between the Radboudumc introductory meeting and the peer-to-peer welcome?The Radboudumc introductory meeting is a general Radboudumc introduction and provides more general information regarding topics such as the goals, structure and organization of Radboudumc. The peer-to-peer welcome is specific for the RIMLS, and focuses more on the RIMLS PhD program. As both introductions are complementary, you should follow both.
What is the RIMLS Introductory Course and is it compulsory?The RIMLS Introductory Course is a day and a half introduction course to RIMLS. The course is compulsory.
What does the RIMLS Introductory Course cost?The RIMLS Introductory Course is completely free.
What is Hora Est and is it compulsory to complete?It is mandatory for all PhD candidates of the Radboud University (Medical Center), which includes the RIMLS, to register in Hora Est. Hora Est is a database that can monitor the progress of every PhD candidate from the beginning till the end of his/her PhD project.
The Hora Est form must be signed by yourself and your supervisor and sent together with your copy ID and copy diploma to:
Radboud university medical center
Ms. Noreen van Eijk
547 Concernstaf Strategieontwikkeling
P.O. Box 9101
6500 HB Nijmegen
Or if you are sending the application internally:
Ms. Noreen van Eijk
547 Concernstaf Strategieontwikkeling
You do not have to get the signature from the Dean - this will be arranged by us once we have received your application.
Who can I ask for help completing Hora EstMore about Hora Est can be found in the time-line for new PhD candidates. If this doesn't help you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 15346.
If you do not have a Master's degree, you have to mention this in Hora Est. In that case you have to indicate which promotor supports your PhD project. Your promotor receives a request to substantiate the application.
European Credits (EC) are primarily meant to quantify transferable skills and competencies learnt. As such work placements spent in other laboratories do not count for EC points. One EC equates to 28 hours of study.
Below a standardized number of points awarded per course by using specific examples. This is by no mean an exhaustive list of possibilities. Totals should be rounded up/down as appropriate. For your portfolio, group similar events together per year.
Course type + self participation Duration
Self study / preparation time EC points Additional info Technical forum 2 hours < 1 hour 0.1 Workshop, masterclass 4 hours 1-2 hours 0.2 Workshop 1 week < 10 hours 1.75 Online workshop - 1 week 1.25 Certificate of completion required Visiting a seminar, lecture 1-3 hours - 0.1 Visiting scientific conference 1 day - 0.25 Giving oral or poster presentation at Local or National event - 7 hours 0.25 In addition to EC’s gained by visiting event Giving oral or poster presentation at International event - 14 hours 0.5 In addition to EC’s gained by visiting event PhD retreat excluding oral or poster presentation 2 days 0.5 Journal club 12 in total 4 1 Assuming one journal club is presented by student Student internship coaching 3 months - 1 Approx 30 min supervision per day Teaching 1 1 0.1 1 hour preparation time per hour contact teaching Committee chairperson or secretary Per year - 1 Committee member Per year - 0.5 Organizing a Workshop / Technical Forum - 14 0.5 Co-organizing a 1-2 day PhD retreat - 56 2 Co-organizing a 1-2 day conference - 56 2 Review scientific publication - 1-3 hours 0.1 Writing a blog post about your PhD - 3 hours 0.1 Making a vlog about your PhD - 6 hours 0.2
What are the requirements for a thesis?The guideline for the minimum size of the doctoral thesis within Radboudumc is as follows:
- three publishable-quality chapters based on the candidate's own empirical research data, whereby at least two are "accepted" in peer reviewed journals, preferably in the upper two quartiles of the scientific subject category. The candidate should be first author of all three chapters.
What contributions can I expect for thesis printing costs?The maximum reimbursement is 2,200 Euro for each PhD candidate.
For further details, please consult the time-line for graduating PhD candidates or go to www.ru.nl/phd.
What does the PhD Committee do?
- Taking responsiblity for PhD program design, evaluation, and policy
- Monitoring the PhD mentor system
- Approving training and supervision plans
- Organizing general components
- Approving elective components
- Providing a link between PhD candidates and the RIMLS management
- Organizing social events
How can I join the PhD Committee?You would be very welcome to join the PhD Committee. You can send an email to Margret Achour.
How can I charge travelling expenses for speakers?Any travel expenses of speakers can be arrange with the form for staff not employed; declaration form. You can fill out the first part and the speaker the rest of the form. You can retreive the cost center number from Margret Achour.
How can I charge presents for speakers for a Technical Forum?Please use the declaration form and send it to Margret Achour.
Were can I find information about learning Dutch?RIMLS organizes Dutch courses in collaboration with Mentaal Training. See for more information www.mentaaltraining.nl/en or contact Margret Achour.
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Junior researcher Radboudumc program PhD candidatesRadboudumc's vision is to train junior researchers who have the intrinsic ambition to have a significant impact on healthcare and become highly qualified independent scientists. Our research institutes offer PhD candidates a full or part-time interdisciplinary training program that can be tailor-made to meet their specific research interests and career goals.
During your PhD, you will focus on scientific research culminating in the defence of a PhD thesis. However, we also believe in the importance of self-development. Therefore, your PhD training should focus on research skills and knowledge as well as competencies required to take your next career step, whether in or outside academia.
The PhD programs at our three research institutes are recognized by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
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