Model for economic compensation for general basic courses funded by FUR
During a doctoral education at SLU, the student is required to acquire both subject knowledge and more general skills that are not bound to a particular topic. These more general skills are offered through general basic courses, and these courses can be given by departments/units with economic compensation from the Council for doctoral education (FUR).
"The general basic courses support the doctoral students' personal development and foster general knowledge and proficiency in statistics, philosophy of science, research ethics, information competence, communication and pedagogy, for example. The aim of third-cycle subject courses is to inculcate broader or deeper knowledge of subjects." From SLU Guidelines for third-cycle (doctoral) education DNR: SLU ua 2015.1.1.1-2467.
Requirements for economic compensation for a basic course
- The content of the course should be essential for SLU's PhD students.
- The course contents should be linked to the skills and approaches stated in the degree outcomes of the doctoral education.
- The course structure should be adapted so that PhD students from all SLU locations can participate (eg through video link, the course leader alternates between locations or custom scheduling).
- The course will be offered in English if there is a need.
- Course syllabus and course occasion must be registered in SLUkurs forskarutbildning.
- For the course to qualify for compensation from FUR, at least 5 SLU doctoral students (SLU-DS) must be admitted at the start of the course.
Economic compensation model
- 5-9 SLU – DS: 2500 SEK/HEC and SLU-DS
- ≥ 10 SLU-DS gives 25 000 SEK/HEC and an additional 1 000 SEK extra for each DS over 10 (for example, a 3 credit course with 12 participants will give 77 000 SEK)
A course can never get more than 180 000 SEK per year from FUR.
New courses can apply for a one-time planning grant of 50 000 SEK.
Courses can apply for one-time development grant of 50 000 SEK, for example for developing a course into a distance learning course.
Some major, recurring courses receive compensation according to negotiation.
After the course is finished a report should be sent to Lotta Jäderlund. The report should contain schedule, list of participants and a summary of the course evaluations.
Application to FUR
The application for a basic general course with a remuneration from FUR shall contain a description of the intended course, including syllabus, preliminary schedule, budget and a motivation for why the course should receive compensation from FUR. The application is sent to FUR (Lotta Jäderlund). FUR decides on budget in the autumn next year, the application must be submitted to FUR by 1 August. A selection will take place.