Info for candidates and supervisors

The ILS student council serves as a platform between PhD students and the doctoral program. The aim is to help you with any issues regarding student welfare, teaching or life as a PhD student in general by collecting feedback, providing information and keeping you up to date with upcoming events. The student council organizes the annual ILS PhD Symposium.

Guidelines for Thesis Committee meeting and progress report in ILS
updated 16.11.2016

The purpose of the Thesis Committee is to improve the quality of research and research training. The committee members act as mentors to the doctoral candidate throughout the project, and both guide and support the doctoral candidate in research and studies, in selecting the right courses, in career planning and in many kinds of emerging situations where support and direction is needed. All interactions within the Thesis Committee are to be considered confidential. Membership in the thesis committee is a position of trust, aiming to guide the doctoral candidate throughout his/her PhD studies.

Thesis Committee meetings are arranged annually throughout the thesis work and aim to:

  • ensure that the project is scientifically valid and suitable for a PhD project
  • ensure that the student’s coursework supports the PhD project and provides the expected skills
  • evaluate the progress and future plans of the PhD project including overseeing the timely graduation of the student

Submitting the annual thesis committee report is compulsory to all ILS students. Failure to submit the thesis committee meeting report will detach the student for one year from any ILS benefits such as the possibility to apply for a travel grant.

Thesis Committee Members
The Thesis Committee includes at least two external members. The external members of the Thesis Committee are suggested by the student and accepted by the doctoral program. The external members should have substantial knowledge of the field of the project in order to be able to give critical comments and to estimate the ongoing project's potential to result in thesis defense. The student and supervisor can suggest changes in the composition of the Thesis Committee.
The doctoral candidate selects the thesis committee members during the first semester of doctoral studies. The members must fulfill the criteria set by the ILS board and available as a checklist for selecting the thesis committee members.
ILS board approves the thesis committee members together with the first progress report.

Lists for doc­toral can­did­ates

All ILS doctoral candidates should join the ils-predocs(at) mailing list, which is used to advertise ILS's activities as well as to distribute information relevant to PhD candidates. Another relevant mailing list is the DSHealth doctoral school list (all ils-predocs list members automatically receive the DSHealth mails as well). Also, consult your supervisor for other relevant mailing lists to join.

To subscribe, send an e-mail to majordomo(at) Leave the subject-line empty and in the message field write subscribe ils-predocs. Please note that you must use your email address or other official address (,, ect.) to join the list.

To unsubscribe the list send an e-mail to majordomo(at) and write in the message field unsubscribe ils-predocs and nothing else. Please note that you should send the email from the same address that you joined the list with.