Doctoral Candidate Agreement. Upon registration, a Doctoral Candidate Agreement shall be signed between each individual candidate and the Programme Coordinator, on behalf of the consortium. The Doctoral Candidate Agreement states the obligations and rights for the candidates and the Consortium, as well as rules and the structure of Programme. The Doctoral Candidate Agreement shall include at least:
- Admission and programme requirements;
- Definition of Primary and Secondary University; Definition of Employer institution;
- Mobility Plan (periods of stay); Length and financing of the Doctoral Programme;
- Principles for doctoral supervision (supervision team);
- Examination procedures (location and board); Requirements on doctoral thesis
- Administrative issues according to the regulation of the Partner Universities.
Fellowship Contract. Each Doctoral Candidate selected is offered a Fellowship Contract in principle at the Primary University, unless stated else in the Doctoral Candidate Agreement, which has to take into account the national legislations of the Partner Universities. The Fellowship Contract is time-limited, valid for one year, and subject for renewal to cover the duration of the Doctoral Programme. Each Partner University may make fourth year arrangements in accordance with its usual practice for doctoral candidates. Both the Doctoral Candidate Agreement and the Fellowship Contract refer to the “European Charter for Researchers” and the “Code of Conduct for the recruitment of Researchers” (http://ec.europa.eu/eracareers/pdf/am509774CEE_EN_E4.pdf). Fellowship Contracts should ensure equal rights on parental benefits, unemployment benefits, sickness and pension rights. They give rise to social protection of law, including social security, health care insurance, tax and the candidate’s net monthly allowance; candidate insurance will also be deducted from this amount. candidates will be given the insurance specified in the Fellowship Contract. The Consortium does not provide any additional insurance coverage. Each Partner shall maintain policies of occupational health and safety for staff and PhD candidates according to national legislation.
The Partner Universities will adopt the principles of non-discrimination; provide an adequate research environment and resources; productive and adaptable working conditions as required for different research needs and situations; stability of employment during and after the EC fellowship period; fair and attractive salaries and other benefits; gender equity; career development framework; support for productive mobility; continuous development and training culture and environment; appropriate protection of intellectual property rights and copyrights, including co-authorship and co-property; effective and close supervision, tutoring and coaching mechanisms; participation in specific teaching activities (never taking precedence over research targets); transparent and fair joint evaluation mechanisms; effective management of complaints and appeals and participation in decision-making bodies (candidates will participate in the BioHC Student Council).