Funding opportunities for a commissioned Master’s thesis

1) Employment contract

The employer and student conclude an employment contract. Career Services recommends an employment contract if the client has requests regarding the publicity of the thesis or is a governmental body. In a normal employment relationship, the student has the rights and responsibilities of an employee. The student is also directly compensated for the work.

Specific procedures should be agreed in writing before beginning the cooperation. In addition to the salary amount, the contract should include the payment schedule, the student's commitment to completing the work as well as agreements on copyright, confidentiality issues and any other relevant matters (e.g., who is liable for the printing costs).

2) Self-employed/entrepreneur

Self-employed people are liable for their own pension, insurance, material and other relevant costs. This should be considered when determining the compensation amount, since the net fee received by the student will be much smaller once these required costs have been paid.

3) Fee

When discussing the amount of the fee, consider that it is taxable income when paid to an individual (not a company) through a consultancy contract.

This contract may specify how material contributed by the client may be used, what kind of guidance the client provides for acquiring the necessary material as well as any fees and work space costs. In addition, the contract may include mention of any special wishes the client may have, rights to the material and publication, as well as the schedule.