Each student is supervised by a thesis committee consisting of a supervisor, a co-advisor and a mentor.
The supervisor is responsible for the research project, the laboratory infrastructure, adequate supervision and the salary of the student according to SNSF guidelines.
The co-advisor must not be from the same institute as the supervisor, but should be an expert in the research area of the thesis project. The co-advisor is obliged to meet with the student at least twice a year to discuss and assess progress of the thesis work and advise and support the student. It lies in the students' responsibility to organize these meetings.
The mentor is assigned by the GCB; he/she decides with the student and the supervisor upon the training program (see below, «Training»).
Details of the doctoral work and individual training are agreed upon at the start of the PhD in a meeting between the student, the supervisor, and the mentor, and are specified in the following doctoral agreement forms: PhD Doctoral Agreement (DOCX, 88KB), MD-PhD Doctoral Agreement (DOCX, 75KB), DDS-PhD Doctoral Agreeement, DVM Doctoral Agreement or FH Doctoral Agreement.
Doctoral Agreements (DA) are "living documents" - This means your DA is a type of document that is created with a defined mechanism and process to edit, manage, control, review, revise, update, share and communicate each updated version of the document accurately and efficiently. Any changes in your doctoral studies during your program require an updated version of your DA. The courses listed as mandatory on your Doctoral Agreement must be the same courses you have listed in your CTS/KSL planning when you are ready to submit your final PhD thesis. It is advisable to download the latest form from the GCB website. Forms change from time-to-time and you will need to use the most current form.
Please download this one-page information sheet as a reference. Doctoral Agreement Information Sheet.