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WHAT IS A DTP? WHEN SHOULD IT BE WRITTEN? WHAT IS IT USED FOR? HOW DO I WRITE IT? Doctoral training plan clinic
A JOB WELL-PLANNED IS A JOB HALF DONE What is a doctoral training plan?
The DTP is your personal roadmap By definition, research is a journey into the unknown. The planned route may, or not, need to be revised after each stage. Define and plan each stage of the journey as well as it is possible to do so. Explore the possibility of alternative routes ( you may need to take them ). The DTP is a living document that needs continual updating. Evaluate risks, but dont waste time trying to predict the unpredictable ! Your DTP describes the most efficient way to get from the point of departure to your destination with the information and resources currently available.
Content of the DTP General information You, the degree, overall schedule, supervision, follow-up and funding – updated whenever changes occur. Career development plan What do you want to do later? What are you doing, and planning to do, in order to achieve the goal ? – updated as the plans become clearer. Research plan Describes the doctoral research work to be undertaken– updated as the research progresses Study plan Complements the research and career development plans – updated every year Progress reports Describe the progress of the research and studies, and summarize the plans for the upcoming year. At the end of the training, the progress reports should reflect the final version of the plans - updated at least once every year.
The components of the DTP complement each other The two most important elements of the DTP are: The research – it can help define and shape your career goals; Your career goals – they can influence the direction of the research. The study plan should: reinforce your research work and knowledge of the field; contribute to the development of the skills required for your career. The progress reports: put the completed work in its correct context and, thus, keep track of the overall progress of the doctoral training relative to the goals announced in the plan; help to identify and prioritize the tasks that remain to be done.
When should the DTP be written ? The first version of the DTP should be written as early as possible during the training: at the latest, the first viable version must be submitted within one year after the start of the training. It ensures that the researcher fully understands: The idea behind the research; The context and goals of the research; The nature, scope and schedule of the work to be undertaken; The approach and methods to be used to get the research moving towards the goals; The importance of the work in the context of his/her career development.
What is the DTP used for ? The DTP can be one of the most useful tools for keeping you and your training on track. It is written for you, your supervisory team and your follow-up group. The research plan section is a simplified version of an application for research funding from the Academy of Finland; simple editing of a well- written plan can rapidly make it suitable for other funding agencies. Remember also: the acceptance of the DTP by UniOGS is not only an obligatory requirement for the doctoral degree, but it is also the principal condition for the salary level 1 – level 2 transition (+ 200 /month).
Importance of the DTP To make competitive applications for funding, you must be able to convince the funder that you have the best project that has the best chances of succeeding. To get more funding from the same funder, you have to convince the funder that you have done exactly what you promised to do in the previous application ( even if you didnt reach all the goals ). The preparation of the DTP and the annual progress reports provides a perfect training opportunity for this – exploit it !!!! In the real world, only the best plans producing the best results will get funding. Excellent projects are often rejected due to poor communication skills
How to write the DTP Family name Sukunimi First name(s) Etunimet Student number Opiskelijanumero Sähköposti Date of submission Toimittamispäivä Version number Version numero This document has been read and approved by my Principal Supervisor (Yes/No): Yes The front page The template for the DTP can be found on the UniOGS web pagesUniOGS web pages Guidelines for what should be included in the plan can be found on the UniOGS web pagesUniOGS web pages
Part I: General information
Title/ ArvoName/ Nimi Department/Institution/University/Country (if not Finland) Laitos/instituutti/yliopisto/maa (jos ei Suomi) Principal supervisor/ Pääohjaaja Sähköposti Co-supervisors/ Muut ohjaajat Degree supervisor/ Tutkinnonvalvoja ( if relevant/ jos on ) 2. Supervision / Ohjaus Part I: General information
Title/ ArvoName/ Nimi Department/Institution/University/Country (if not Finland) Laitos/instituutti/yliopisto/maa (jos ei Suomi) Chairperson/ Puheenjohtaja Sähköposti Other members/ Muut jäsenet 3. Doctoral training follow-up group / Seurantaryhmä
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Part II: Career development plan 1.Career goals / Uratavoitteet -- 2.Career development plan / Urakehityssuunnitelma --
Part III: Research plan You may: Either use the template provided Or make your own document In all cases, you should make sure that all relevant information is provided and is up to date. Guidelines for what should be included in the plan can be found on the UniOGS web pages UniOGS web pages
Part IV: Study plan The study plan is made in Oodi Oodi-PSP / Oodi-HOPS This should be the easiest part, because the study requirements have already been defined for you. Unfortunately, it is the part where most of you will be very frustrated, confused and … encounter problems; No courses Validity of course levels Confusion over field-specific & General & transferable skills
A word about the annual reports The report summarizes the story of your progress towards your goals. The progress ( main results of the research and milestones reached ) and its significance to the announced goals should be clear without having to refer to documents. It is not sufficient to write: Progressing according to plan, or The results are published in…. The evaluator might be too busy to search through your plan and publication, and he/she controls the access to the funds you need !!