PhD mentor a quick guide

The mentor will support and guide you as well as stimulate you to critically look at and reflect upon your learning objectives and outcomes. In the context of your personal and scientific development, your mentor should discuss career progress with regard to your specific goals (research and education), ambitions and interests. Your mentor can advise you regarding your choices for elective subjects and where necessary offer feedback on research project results, conclusions and ideas. Your mentor will also act as mediator should conflicts arise during any phase of your PhD. Confidentiality will be maintained at all times.

Also see institute specific information in the time line.
Keeping on track
Useful information for current PhD candidates
Training and supervision
Radboudumc training regulation
Courses for competencies
Scientific integrity
PhD mentor
Other phases
for starting your PhD
for completing your PhD

Keeping on track

Useful information for current PhD candidates

Training and supervision


Keeping on track

You have probably realized that time passes surprisingly quickly when doing your PhD. We recommend that you think about your progress and objectives for the coming year. This will help you keep on track. read more

Keeping on track

Important questions

  • Is your PhD progressing as you had expected?
  • How would you assess the interaction and communication between yourself and your (co)supervisor(s)?

In light of these two questions, the following example points may be raised

  • Reflection on expectations from the PhD project and from the supervisor(s)
  • Reflection on end-of-year assessment [jaargesprek] with supervisor
  • Reflection on personal ambition & interests
  • Combination work and personal life
  • Future career plans
  • Reflection on achievements in last year
  • Reflection on personal strengths and weaknesses (knowledge gaps, specific interests)
  • Elective courses and workshops followed to date. Outcome & relevance e.g. in the light of improving weaknesses, technical expertise, future plans etc
  • Reflection on Timeline for writing thesis: thesis chapter ideas > chapter titles > start writing.
  • Foreseen difficulties
  • Update Training and Supervision Plan


Scientific Integrity: guidelines for publication and authorship

The 'Guidelines for publication and authorship' set the standard for the eligibility for authorship, and determine which order of authorship is the most appropriate. In his/her department, the head of department is responsible for creating a climate in which authorship and order of authorship comply with the basic principles of these guidelines.

See the full text of the document here.

Please pay attention to the fact that you cannot be member of a Doctoral Thesis Committee if you are co-author of an article that is part of the thesis of this PhD candidate

Radboudumc training regulation


Radboudumc training regulation

As set forth in Article 17.4 UMC of the CLA for researchers in training read more

Radboudumc training regulation

March 2016

as set forth in Article 17.4 UMC of the CLA for researchers in training


  • ln this regulation, the terms below shall be defined as follows:

    1. Radboud university medical center: the university medical center that operates as an independent subsidiary (without legal personality) of Stichting Katholieke Universiteit (SKU) in Nijmegen.
    2. Director: the director of the Radboud university medical center's research institute with which the Graduate School is affiliated.
    3. Training and Supervision Committee: the Training and Supervision Committee referred to in Article 5 of this regulation.
    4. Researcher in training: the employee seeking to obtain a doctorate and employed to this end by Radboud university medical center, as described in Article !7 .3 (2) of the university medical center's CLA.
    5. Doctoral thesis supervisor a professor or professors appointed to play a supervisory role, pursuant to the Doctorate Regulations of Radboud University.
    6. Doctorol thesis co-supervisor: an individual holding a doctoral degree who is involved in the preparation of a dissertation, pursuant to Article 6 of Radboud University's Doctoral Degree Regulations.
    7. Daily supervisor a postdoctoral researcher tasked with supervising the researcher in training on a daily basis. This may be the doctoral thesis (co)-supervisor .
    8. Mentor: the individual with whom the researcher in training can consult for questions about non-content aspects of the training.

Courses for competencies


Core competencies for PhD candidates and postdocs

Young researchers are the future scientists solving medical healthcare problems of tomorrow. Radboudumc has defined a set of core competencies for PhD and postdoc candidates as a guideline for professional career development. read more

Core competencies for PhD candidates and postdocs

During their training, PhD and postdoc candidates are expected to become independent researchers skilled in (financial) project management, policy/decision making and management. These types of transferable skills stand candidates in good stead not just for an academic career but also for the professional job market beyond the university setting. 

Self-assessment tool

Collectively the university medical centres designed a competence model as a self-assessment tool to help you further develop yourself, and to recognize acquired competences.

PhD Compentence Model: Link
 

Types of core competencies

  • Research skills and knowledge
  • Responsible conduct of science
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Professional development
  • Leadership and management
  • Communication
  • Teaching
  • Radboud specific

For each type of compencies we offer a number of courses if you feel that you use some extra training to enhance these skills.


Courses for competencies and transferable skills

Have a look at the courses on offer for PhD candidates at Radboudumc. read more

Scientific integrity


Contact persons

Radboudumc has appointed three experienced scientists, as contact persons in the case of suspicion of scientific misconduct or related matters. see contact persons

PhD mentor


PhD mentor a quick guide

A mentor should be an associate or full professor from the Radboudumc, who does not work in the same department as the PhD candidate and who is not involved in the PhD project. read more


Specific for PhD candidates of RIHS and RIMLS

Tasks of the mentor

  1. Read the Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) at the start of the project, and comment on it if necessary at the first meeting between the candidate and the mentor.
  2. Have a meeting with the PhD candidate once a year to discuss the progress of the project, both in terms of scientific output, as well as training (competences and skills).
  3. Read the updated TSP and comment on it if necessary during the yearly meeting with the candidate.
  4. Be available throughout the year for independent advice in case a problem arises between the candidate and the supervisor(s). Note: The RIMLS and RIHS institutes have appointed two experienced scientists, as contact persons in the case of suspicion of scientific misconduct or related matters.
Confidentiality will be maintained at all times.

Guidelines for PhD mentor meetings

Every year, the PhD candidate needs to arrange a progress meeting with his/her mentor. Progress and scientific output are discussed. The attendance of the PhD training program components will also be assessed.

Although the content of the meetings will depend on the candidate's needs, several subjects need to be discussed in the meetings. This will help the PhD candidate to make the right choices in his/her individual program. These choices are described in the (updated) Training and Supervision Plan which is signed as ‘seen’ by the mentor.

Important questions during mentor meeting

  1. Is your PhD progressing as you had expected?
  2. How would you assess the interaction and communication between yourself and your (co)supervisor(s)?

In light of these two questions, the following example points may be raised

  • Reflection on expectations from the PhD project and from the supervisor(s)
  • Reflection on end-of-year assessment [jaargesprek] with supervisor
  • Reflection on personal ambition & interests
    • Combination work and personal life
    • Future career plans
  • Reflection on achievements in last year
  • Reflection on personal strengths and weaknesses (knowledge gaps, specific interests)
    • Elective courses and workshops followed to date. Outcome & relevance e.g. in the light of improving weaknesses, technical expertise, future plans etc
  • Reflection on Timeline for writing thesis: thesis chapter ideas > chapter titles > start writing.
  • Foreseen difficulties
  • Update Training and Supervision Plan