Last changed: 22 April 2021

SLU is one of the founding members of the Nordic Forestry, Veterinary and Agricultural University Network - NOVA. Since the start in 1995, the main activity within the network has been jointly organised PhD courses.

The NOVA courses have been highly appreciated for their quality and for the international networking opportunities and an average of 220 PhD students from NOVA universities have participated yearly.

Starting April 2020, NOVA has a revised collaboration model. The new model still provides the opportunity for teachers to organise high quality PhD courses in collaboration with colleagues at other NOVA universities and with participants from NOVA universities and other international universities/organisations. To facilitate networking and in order for the students to get practical experiences, courses include on-site field/lab/classroom modules.

In the new NOVA model, course organisers apply for NOVA course funding at their respective home universities. SLU teachers interested in organising a NOVA course, should submit applications online to SLU NOVA.

Are you interested in organising a NOVA PhD-course? Here is how to do it at SLU

1 – Develop your idea for a NOVA PhD-course, preferably in collaboration with other scientists from NOVA institutions and in accordance with the SLU funding requirements.

2 – Create at course plan for your PhD-course according to the regulations at your home department.

3 – Make sure that the course plan is approved by the faculty board FUN) and registered in SLU-kurs.

4 – Apply for the NOVA-funding here 

5 – If funding is granted, provide the NOVA-coordinator at SLU ( with all information necessary to announce the course.

SLU NOVA are now open for applications for courses to be organized during 2022. Application deadlines are 15th of May 2021 (for courses starting in the first half of 2022) and 16th of November (for courses starting from June 2022).

Application guidelines

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