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Change of research environment

 

Change of research environment

A change of research environment during your PhD programme is a requirement according to the PhD Order, and there are no exceptions to this requirement. There are various ways to plan your change of research environment so that it suits the progress and topic of your project and meets the requirement.

Changing your research environment means that you spend a period of time in a different environment from where you normally conduct your research. This can be at another research institution, a private research company or organisation, etc. Your supervisor must help you find institutions, research groups or organisations that are relevant to your project. As a rule of thumb, a stay at a co-supervisor’s research facility within the same department cannot be approved as a stay in another research environment. The only exception to this rule is if the co-supervisor’s research facility is situated abroad.

Please note that participation in conferences or congresses is not accepted as a change of environment.

The main purpose of your change of environment is to further your research, to experience a difference research environment and to develop your network within your field of research. The stay should preferably be abroad, but stays in Denmark are also accepted.

Make sure your research stay is registered

Your stay(s) must be registered by the Graduate School.

You can choose to submit the information in either;

If you plan to apply for financial support for a stay abroad, you do not need to complete the above forms. Information about your stay will be registered in connection with the application for financial support.

Duration of the change of environment
At the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, the duration of the research
stay(s) must total at least one month. If possible, longer stays are preferred as this gives you the time and opportunity to develop networks with other researchers.

The change of research environment must be completed within your enrolment period.

Change of environment – going abroad

The Graduate School recommends that you go abroad for your research stay. Going
abroad gives you the opportunity to make international contacts and gain new
perspectives on your research. For these reasons the Graduate School offers
financial support for research stays abroad. You can apply for financial support if your
stay(s) last at least four weeks in total.

Addendum to your employment contract
If you are employed at UCPH and your stay abroad exceeds 28 days, you will need an addendum to your employment contract in order to be covered by UCHP's travel insurance. Please contact your place of employment if this applies to you. If you need further information or have any question concerning the addendum, please contact International Staff Mobility

If you are employed elsewhere, make sure to check your employer’s insurance conditions.

Change of environment - in Denmark

You can also meet the requirement by staying at another Danish university, company or institution. The stay still needs to last at least four weeks in total. The Graduate School does not offer financial support for stays in Denmark.  

What to expect from your supervisor?

The change of research environment is a mandatory part of the PhD programme. Accordingly, your supervisor plays a crucial role in the planning of your stay.  

  • Your supervisor must help you identify institutions, research groups or   organisations that are relevant to your project, e.g. via his/her own network.
  • Activities at another research institution or private research company must be approved by your principal supervisor.