Representatives in the board of the Central PhD Council serve on the PhD Council for 2 years. At the end of their term, a vacancy is circulated in the faculty, calling on faculty PhD candidates to apply. Interested candidates are asked to share their motivation and resume with the Central PhD Council. This is followed by a brief introductory interview, and a selection is made.
As a board member, you can advocate for the interests of your fellow PhD candidates. Participating in the board is also a good way to learn more about the university and your faculty, and to gain experience in university administrative matters. It is also a nice change from your regular work as a PhD candidate!
You will participate in the monthly meeting of the Central PhD Council, meetings with the Rector, and other relevant meetings at the central level, or in the faculty. The various important issues for PhD students - such as social safety, supervision or well-being - are divided among the members of the council, as well as the chair and secretary roles. To compensate for your efforts, your contract will be extended by one month for each year you serve. For external PhD candidates or self-funded PhD candidates, another solution will be sought by mutual agreement.