Students who are simultaneously enrolled in a Master's programme and a PhD programme (the 4 +4 programme) are eligible for the State Educational Support (SU) for the completion of the Master’s degree in accordance with the general conditions for SU for the duration of enrolment in the Master’s programme.
At enrolment, the PhD student under the 4+4 programme is awarded a scholarship, which consists of a SU PhD Grant for a maximum of two years followed by a salaried PhD research Fellowship for the last two years of the programme.
For the first two years or until the qualifying exam is passed and the Master’s degree is obtained, the student receives monthly two SU PhD instalments (‘grants’). The SU PhD Grant totals a maximum of 48 grants. Two grants are paid in advance each month for the first two years. In addition, the student may receive pay for 280 hours of work.
After completion of the qualifying exam with a satisfactory result the PhD Research Fellow is employed as a salaried PhD Research fellow in accordance with the AC Protocol, and one is placed on step 4-8 on the common-academic scale by seniority.
Throughout the course of the programme, PhD students are required to perform tasks equivalent to 840 hours. This assignment is divided with 280 hours during the SU PhD Grant and 560 hours during the salaried employment. The 280 hours during the SU-PhD Grant is an offer the PhD student may recline. When the student passes the qualifying exam, his/her status transfers to that of a salaried employee. In exceptional cases, reductions in the 560 hours may be granted with a corresponding reduction in salary. Tasks may consist of teaching, dissemination or other specialized tasks.
The student has rights and obligations (in terms of leave, maternity leave, illness, study delays, etc.) according to the standard conditions for SU-recipients until the qualifying exam is passed.
Salaries, pensions and other employment conditions take place according the rules, agreements and organizational regulations in force at any given time.
Questions concerning SU grants should be addressed to the PhD School Secretariat.