Information for the 1st year doctoral researchers



To-do list in the first semester

  • Register for the spring semester courses in the Study Information System on 11 February at the latest.
  • Meet your supervisor for an introductory conversation and fill out the expectations management worksheet. Read more here

Expectations management worksheet

  • Enter the period plan for the first semester into the Study Information system within 30 days after matriculation. See guidelines here.

Period plan

  • The deadline for the supervision agreement is one month after the matriculation of the doctoral student.

A supervision agreement is concluded between the doctoral researcher, the supervisor(s) and the university. The agreement indicates the division of responsibility and tasks between the supervisors. In addition, the agreement states basic conditions of the ownership of intellectual property rights and confidentiality of personal data. 

The signed supervision agreement copies must be delivered to the Dean´s Office before the deadline. In the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Dean signs the contract on behalf of the University of Tartu. The agreement is registered, and one copy is kept in the Dean´s Office; other copies are returned to the institute for the parties of the agreement. There must be as many copies as there are signatories.

If you would like to sign the agreement digitally, send a digital container with a PDF file to the secretary of the Dean´s Office, Maarja Nõmmik (

Supervision agreement

  • The individual plan for the whole period of doctoral studies is submitted together with the first progress review report. The tool that helps you prepare your individual plan, annual period plans and progress review reports is the doctoral students’ self-analysis form. Read more about it here

Doctoral students individual plan

Doctoral student's self-analysis

  • The first progress review takes place after one semester of study, at the end of January or at the end of August. Besides the individual plan, the progress review report and period plan for the next semester must be submitted. 

Progress review procedure at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Faculty mailing lists where doctoral researchers and supervisors can find information about doctoral studies, organisation of studies, mobility grants, training and other events.

Doctoral students mailing list -

PhD students' supervisors' mailing list -

First-year doctoral researchers are subscribed to the list by the Centre for doctoral studies. If you wish to subscribe to a mailing list (or unsubscribe), please get in touch with Lii Lang, or subscribe via the webpage.

Information about scholarships and study abroad opportunities can be found in the weekly student newsletter. Students are automatically subscribed to the newsletter.

Information about other scholarships and grants:

Information on the other University of Tartu mailing lists is available in the Sympa environment, where you can subscribe and unsubscribe.


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