EUA is a leading voice in doctoral education in Europe. The Association works with members to strengthen their doctoral research capacity and attract the best talent in a competitive and rapidly-changing world. Notably, EUA has widely contributed to doctoral education reform in Europe, as well as research training.
The Association carries this work out primarily through its Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE), a member service that promotes collaboration and exchange of good practices. EUA-CDE is the largest European network in the field. It covers more than 35 countries and brings together a community of academic leaders and professionals from more than 260 universities.
EUA-CDE is the driving force behind the creation and implementation of the “Salzburg Principles and Recommendations”. In this context, its efforts have resulted in strengthening doctoral education at the intersection between the European Higher Education and Research Areas.
In its many activities related to doctoral education, EUA focuses on topics like research ethics and integrity, career paths in and outside of academia, internationalisation, Open Science and the wellbeing of doctoral candidates.
The call for participation for the 2023 EUA-CDE Thematic Peer Group on “Profiles and institutional support for postdoctoral researchers” is now open.Get involved
The EUA Council for Doctoral Education has developed this publication at a time when global challenges such as the climate crisis and the need to build a more sustainable planet, together with emerging opportunities (e.g. digitalisation), have led universities to a deep reflection on how doctoral education can further progress and remain open and observant of the core values of academia.
The purpose of this document is to provide guidelines for the continued implementation of reforms in doctoral education building on the Salzburg Principles and Recommendations. It is directed at university leaders who want to continue and deepen the implementation of Salzburg at the strategic level, ensuring a consistent, institution-wide approach to doctoral education. The document also provides recommendations for daily managers of doctoral education who look to keep their activities and processes up to date and responsive to new challenges for universities.
In recent years, co-tutelles de thèse have become increasingly popular among universities in...read more
This publication provides an up-to-date overview of important developments in doctoral education...read more
The Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts and Bavarian universities launched “Research in Bavaria”, an initiative targeted at young academics from all over the world to spark their interest in academic and scientific opportunities in the region, to put them in touch with their peers at...view more
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers the scholarship programme “Hilde Domin Programme” to support students and doctoral candidates from across the globe who are at risk of being formally or de facto denied educational or other rights in their country of origin. The application portal...view more
EUA member University of Limerick in Ireland announced the 3rd call for 16 Marie Skłodowska Curie Action (MSCA) research training fellowships “SMART 4.0” at CONFIRM Centre, a world leading SFI Research Centre in the area of Smart Manufacturing. The deadline for applications is 30 April 2021 and...view more
The process to renew the European Research Area (ERA) is gathering pace and is set to continue in...read more
In recent years, European universities and other stakeholders have taken interest in career...read more
The Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) announced the third call of its international postdoctoral programme, IF@ULB, cofounded by the Horizon2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. The call is open until 15 September 2020. IF@ULB offers the opportunity to recruit 63 international postdoctoral...view more
The Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) has created a Solidarity Fund in order to provide support for researchers who no longer have the freedom to pursue their research in their home country, where they are threatened due to the content of their scientific work or to the opinions they...view more
EWORA, the European Women Rectors Association, invites early career female academics to apply for a travel grant to attend the 2nd EWORA workshop "Leadership in HE&R: Values, Complexities and Decision Making”. As part of EWORA’s 2nd Workshop, a World Café for future academic women leaders...view more
The University of Aveiro in Portugal organises an intensive training session on Innovation and Global Engagement in Doctoral Education from 25 to 27 March. Registrations are open until 31 January. The intensive programme takes a pragmatic approach to training on two topics: the management...view more
This EUA-CDE report presents the results of an extensive and unique study on the state of play of...read more
The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) brought together 225 participants on 7 and 8 June to discuss excellence through diversity in doctoral education. Hosted by the University of Ljubljana, exchanges on this topic were held against the background of an ever more international higher...view more
The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) is pleased to announce the launch of “The Doctoral Debate” – an online platform offering commentary and analysis on doctoral education in Europe. Written by academic leaders and experts in the field, “The Doctoral Debate” will showcase...view more
On 10-12 September 2017, EUA participated in the 11th Annual Strategic Leaders Global Summit on Graduate Education, a high-level global dialogue event held at the Alyeska Resort in Alaska and organised by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). The CGS represents universities and colleges...view more
As defined in the Salzburg Recommendations, internationalisation is a significant component of developing the quality of research and of doctoral education within universities. At the same time, international experiences are critical to the professional development of many...read more
The project “Promoting Collaborative Doctoral Education for Enhanced Career Opportunities” (DOC-CAREERS II) looked at how universities work with their business and other non-university partners in establishing and taking forward research projects in the framework of doctoral...read more
Major concrete results have been achieved by EUA with its large membership in moving forward the implementation of European Research Area policies and raising further awareness of their importance. Survey results from a significant representative sample of EUA membership show that EC ERA...read more
Quality assurance and doctoral education have been elements of the Bologna Process since the 2003 ministerial meeting in Berlin, but until rather recently, they have been developing on two different tracks. The basic principles governing both, the Standards and Guidelines for Quality...read more
Abstract The ORPHEUS/AMSE1/WFME2 PhD standards document, published January 2012, is a practical tool for quality assurance of PhD programmes. Another document, the new PhD principles document: “Best practice based principles for innovative doctoral training”, approved by the EU...read more
Abstract The main purpose of the paper is to present the concept for assessment of the doctoral programmes implemented by PKA as an important supplement of the institutional evaluation. The paper presents the criteria adopted by Polish Accreditation Committee and the introduced evaluation...read more
Abstract The process of adaptation to the challenges in the European Higher Education Area, lead to the development of an Integrated Quality System at IST (SIQuIST), consolidating the quality culture developed over the last decades. One of the most advanced dimensions of SIQuIST is the education...read more
As universities move many activities online in the fallout of the Covid-19 crisis, doctoral...read more
It is at the apex of higher education, research and innovation, but issues around integrity and...read more
In the Upper Rhine region, the universities of Basel, Freiburg, Haute-Alsace and Strasbourg...read more
The 2022 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting ddressed the question of time and timing, taking a close look at this key issue for doctoral education. Through workshops...Read more
The EUA Council for Doctoral Education is organising an online focus group on 20 January. The event contributes to the development of a new EUA-CDE vision...Read more
The 2021 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting took place online on 13-15 September. Through plenary and focus group sessions of various formats, including audience...Read more
This year, the EUA-CDE Thematic Workshop was organised in the form of online sessions on 21-22 January 2021. The EUA-CDE community of more than 260...Read more
In the light of the current coronavirus pandemic, the EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) chose to replace the 2020 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting with a...Read more
Nowadays, doctoral candidates pursue different careers both inside and outside of academia. Many will become highly qualified knowledge workers for the public...Read more
The 2019 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting explored the many aspects involved in the larger social contribution of doctoral candidates and doctoral schools and their...Read more
Recording of the webinar is available on the EUA YouTube Channel. Doctoral education is at the forefront for the future of research, but how does its current...Read more
The 2019 EUA-CDE Thematic Workshop will focus on inter-institutional collaboration in doctoral education. Participants will reflect on how universities with...Read more
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of EUA-CDE, the Meeting highlights diversity as an enduring characteristic and strength of doctoral education in Europe....Read more
EUA and KVAB organised an event for European and national policy makers, leaders of higher education institutions and Brussels-based stakeholders on the...Read more
The EUA-CDE Thematic Workshop on doctoral education reform in Europe reflected on the impact and outcomes of newly implemented practices and institutional...Read more
EUA-CDE Focus Group on implementing an ethos of research integrity in doctoral education brought together universities to discuss the current situation in...Read more
The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) was proud to present its 10th annual meeting, titled ‘Doctoral Education and Harnessing Digital...Read more
The EUA-CDE thematic workshops provide a forum for exchange and discussion between members. The tenth edition focused on ethics and integrity in doctoral...Read more
The Annual Meeting of EUA-CDE is the largest and most comprehensive event dedicated to European doctoral education. It is an opportunity for all stakeholders...Read more
Supervision is a central and defining element of doctoral education. It is through supervised research that doctoral candidates develop a research mindset,...Read more