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TAYJ035 Research Mobility for Doctoral Researchers 1 ECTS
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
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Postgraduate studies
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Yliopiston yhteiset tohtoriopinnot
Doctoral School

General description

Learning outcomes

After the course, the participants 
•    have a deeper understanding of the need, importance and practicalities of research mobility 
•    are aware of and able to identify opportunities available to undertake international research mobility 
•    know the different sources of funding available and how best to access them 
•    are able to design a mobility plan 
•    receive the necessary support to execute their mobility plan

International research mobility is a crucial part of academic life for universities and particularly for the early stage researcher. Shorter and longer-term stays abroad not only support one’s research work, develop one’s research qualification and network but also contribute to personal development and networking skills on a broad range. This course offers practical tools, guide, information and support necessary to successfully engage in international mobility during one’s doctoral research career.

Course Schedule

Day 1: 9.10.2018
Time: 9-16
Place: C7 Main building

9:15-9:30 Opening words, Participants’ introduction
9:30-10:30 Research Mobility: What, why, how, when and where? 
10:30-11:00 UTA policy and support for mobility – Lecture by International education office 
11:00-11:30 Funding opportunities for mobility 1 (Internal and external funding)
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:30-13:30 Funding opportunities for mobility 2 (Workshop tailored to student’s need): databases and search strategies (in Computer classroom 3, Main building)
13:30-14:30 Practical issues to consider before, during and after mobility (International HR office)
14:30-14:45 Coffee break
14:45-15:30 Cultural issues commonly faced during mobility 
15:30-16:00 Instructions on assignment and groups

Day 2: 23.10.2018
Time: 9-16 
Place: C7 Main building

9:15-9:30 Working in a new environment
9:30-10:00 Building useful networks
10:00-11:00 Class discussion- Participants to share insights from the interviews conducted (see below)
11:00-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-12:15 Group session for peer-to-peer feedback on mobility plan

12:15-13:15 Lunch
13:15-14:15 Funding opportunities for mobility 3 (Workshop tailored to student’s need): databases and search strategies (in Computer classroom 3, Main building)
14:15-14:45 Preparing an application, budget and necessary documents relating to mobility

14:45-15:15 Optimising your mobility for future career opportunities
15:15-15:30 Questions and answers (International education office and International HR office)

15:30-15:45 Closing words

Teacher: M.Sci. Motolani Agbebi 

Pre-assignment: To participate in this course, please provide a short pre-assignment through Moodle outlining the following: 
•    Your name and discipline
•    Stage in doctoral studies 
•    Two main issues you would most like to know about undertaking research mobility or obstacles to undertaking research mobility
•    Details of your mobility experience or plans if any, and mobility types and potential funding sources/forms you wish to target.

Between the course days’ assignment: 
•    participants will be asked to discuss their plan or desire to embark on a study or research visit abroad with their supervisor(s), should they not have already done so
•    Participants are required to design a mobility plan.
•    Participants are to carry out an interview with one researcher (preferably doctoral researcher or post-doc researcher) in their faculty on the overall experience during mobility. This should include details on planning, being and returning from a period abroad. 
•    Participants are required to submit an updated mobility plan a week after the course is completed. Students will be strongly encouraged and offered support by the doctoral school, the international office and their supervisors to implement their mobility plans.

Enrolment: In Nettiopsu. Max. 20 (priority will be given to 2nd year doctoral students, otherwise selection method is draw). 2 places reserved for TUT students. Enrolment period 1.8.-30.8.2018.

Organised by: UTA Doctoral School and UTA International Education Office

Modes of completion: Pre-Assignment, mobility plan, active participation, peer-to-peer feedback.


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Motolani Agbebi, Teacher responsible


9-Oct-2018 – 23-Oct-2018