The DocMob project will strive for the adoption of standard tools for managing doctoral mobilities.

Started: 2018

Funding: Erasmus+ Key Action 2

Project budget: 184,324 €

Length: 2 years

Partners: 7

The Erasmus+ programme promotes learning mobility of students all three cycles (Bachelor, Master and PhD). For Bachelor and Master level students, the long-standing experience acquired through the Erasmus+ programme has paved the way for smooth and rather standardised procedures for their stays abroad. The funding is however still underused for doctoral beneficiaries because of the diversity of PhD study structures and regulation and the lack of good practices’ among higher education institutions. Although it is difficult to apply Erasmus+ funding rules to PHD students in some European countries, there is no doubt about the fact that Erasmus+ is the right tool for student mobility from Bachelor to PhD and should therefore be largely used for PHD students.

Erasmus+ is a federating project, well known by both the public and professionals; its reputation goes beyond borders. Also, the Erasmus+ programme can also serve as a bridge between training and research. This is why the main objective of this project is sharing and disseminating good practices of doctoral mobility by reviewing a series of existing tools that can facilitate doctoral exchanges within the Erasmus+ programme, together with the publication of a handbook for doctoral mobility.

The DocMob project, by means of transnational meetings, surveys at European level and field research, will strive for the adoption of standard tools for managing doctoral mobilities (Erasmus+ interinstitutional agreements, learning agreements, Diploma Supplement) and for sharing good practices at a European level. The handbook will serve as a support document for European Ministries wishing to promote the Bologna Process’ adaptation to third-cycle studies. Project participants are International Relation Officers and academics promoting and managing doctoral mobility, and PhD students wishing to improve their intercultural, scientific and language skills in an international environment.

In a first project stage, only partner organisations’ participants will be involved. Starting from the second year, the surveys and working groups will be opened to all European higher education institutions and participants, on a voluntary basis.

At the end of the project, it is expected that the tools will be used and shared by a large number of European HEIs and become a European standard. The main impact will be the increase of doctoral mobility, and the better use of the Erasmus+ framework for doctoral exchanges, leading in the mid-term to the internationalisation of doctoral degrees and the reform of third-cycle studies towards integrated European systems.

Project partners: Université de Lorraine, Universitat De Valencia, Universitat Des Saarlandes, Universidade Do Porto, Universita Degli Studi Di Napoli Federico Ii, Université de Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambresis, European University Foundation