PHOENIX Erasmus +: Erasmus Mundus

Joint Doctoral Program on Dynamics of Health and Welfare

Candidate's Agreement

Doctoral candidates as well as Consortium partners shall meet the requirements of relevant national or regional legislation. They shall respect the principles of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

The Consortium Phoenix JDP Dynamics of Health and Welfare clearly defines the candidate's obligations and rights in a Doctoral Candidate Agreement, signed by both parties before the beginning of the programme.

This agreement includes a definition of participation costs charged to the candidate. These will cover registration fees, including admission fees and costs for mobility and joint learning weeks. The charged amount does not cover travelling costs to Europe for third country candidates or to third countries for European students.

The grant will be paid as soon as the students arrive in Europe. In case of difficulties, an electronic ticket can be booked to allow them to arrive in time, in which case a special annex to the candidate's agreement regulates the advanced payment.

Ethical Guidelines

Candidates should adhere to ethical principles and ethical standards related to their disciplines. They have to ensure that their research does not duplicate previous research carried out elsewhere. For that, both parties have to agree on the subject of the candidate's research and its main structure. Students must avoid plagiarism of any kind and respect Intellectual Property Rights regulations.

Research progress, supervision and assessment

The administrative and scientific institutions managing the Doctorate are in charge of guaranteeing the procedures of selection and follow-up of the candidates. See also Boards and committees!

The PhD student is entitled to be integrated in a research team, participating actively in its activities and meetings. Each student is provided with two supervisors throughout the program. One supervisor shall belong to the research team in which the PhD student is integrated; one - the co-supervisor – shall belong to the relevant research team of the first mobility university. The supervisors are obliged to share their time and expertise to an extent that allows them to give the candidate continuous support and feedback. It means that the student meets the supervisor at least once a month during the semesters.

An obligatory evaluation and progress report about courses, internships and thesis work is made jointly by student and supervisors at the ends of the first and second year. An obligatory meeting with an appointed thesis committee is organised at the end of the second year, when a comprehensive and informed evaluation is made of the progress of the studies, especially the thesis plan and estimated work and time remaining until the defence of the thesis. Candidates and supervisors are mutually responsible for delivering the documents and information needed for well-performed evaluations.

Candidates should inform the Consortium and the supervisor as soon as possible, when their research is delayed or redefined. Erasmus Mundus fellowship holders who fail to fulfil their obligations toward the consortium according to the agreement will, after adequate warning and time for corrections, loose their fellowships.

A signed and verified copy of the candidate's agreement shall be submitted to the Agency prior to the first Grant's Agreement.


PHOENIX is a Joint Doctorate programme selected under Erasmus Mundus

Project Coordinator: Prof. Laurinda Abreu | Contacts: Isália Morais

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