For mentors

PhD candidates are early career scientists. By utilising existing routine and experience from senior scientists (mentors), knowledge is transferred with little cost and effort. Mentors are recruited from the PhDs respective departments, and it shuld thus be viewed upon as an investment in future scientists. High North Academy highly appreciate the mentor’s effort, the courses can not be runned without you.

FSK-8002 Scientific writing

PhD candidates from various fields of science learn about the processes in scientific publication and the peer review process. The course is divided into three main parts, i) theoretic background on scientific publication (2 days lectures), ii) how to write better scientific English (2 days workshop) and iii) improvement of own manuscript (group work).


The group work is supervised by a mentor, and we prefer up to four students with similar scientific background.

  1. The PhD candidates hand in their manuscript via Fronter well in advance of the course start
  2. The mentor reads through and give general comments on structure and return the manuscript by course start
  3. Mentor and the group decide where and when to meet, and it will be four meetings in total. At each meeting, one manuscript is at focus. By now, the candidates should have incorporated the comments from the mentor
  4. The manuscript at focus should be distributed to the group two-three working days in advance, so that all members can formulate written improvements and feedback
  5. When all manuscripts are discussed, and all feedback is incorporated, the final version should be submitted to Fronter

The estimated time use is five hours per PhD candidate. It will obviously depend on the manuscript stage, and how well the participats are prior to meetings. The group work is part of the working demand, i.e. it must be approved in order to take the exam. The criteria for approving the group work is simply that the students must have improved their mansucripts significantly. What significant improvement means in practice is difficult to say, but we are not very strict about this. It is only 3 ECTS, and the main point is that the participants learn something useful.

Participants without their own manuscript may pass the working demand by participating actively in the group (commenting the other manuscripts).



FSK-8005 Funding your research

The aim is to prepare and enable PhD candidates to submit their own research proposal, with particular focus on funding from EU and the Norwegian Research Council. The course starts with three days of lectures and exercises, and there is an oral presentation of the proposals about two weeks later. Finally, after presentation and peer reviewing from fellow students, the proposal will be finally submitted as an exam.

A few weeks before the course starts, the participants submit a one page draft of their research idea. The process of finding a suitable mentor starts. In the meantime the participants attend lectures and exercises, and will format their proposal according to the requirements. Well before the oral presentation, the proposal is submitted to the mentor.

The mentors are expected to read through the proposal drafts and provide feedback before the oral presentation. Communication via email is ok, but a physical meeting is recommended. The mentor is urged to be present during theĀ  presentation.

A fully developed proposal ready for submission can not be expected within a couple of weeks, but it will be a good starting point for a future proposal when a relevant call appear.