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Graduate SPIRIT Newsletter Issue 01 (Q1 2019)


We are pleased to present the very first GRADUATE SPIRIT newsletter.

The aim of this quarterly newsletter is to update you on recent SPIRIT developments, results and events.



1. A short introduction about the project

2. The first results: the Inventory and the Infographic

3. SPIRIT at Events


The GRADUATE S.P.I.R.I.T. Project

(Graduate School Program for International Researchers and Interdisciplinary Training) is a 3-year co-funded project under the Erasmus+ program, initiated at the end of 2017.

GRADUATE SPIRIT aims to enrich doctoral training within graduate schools.
The focus of the project is to successfully implement the Triple I approach (Internationalisation, Interdisciplinary and Inter-sectorality) in doctoral training within Social Sciences and the Humanities.

Therefore, we established a four-step procedure: The first step is to create an inventory of the participating graduate schools which acts as a basis for the second step: a selection of best practice examples with respect to doctoral candidates, staff, curriculum and organisation.

The third is the production of a blueprint to improve existing graduate schools and to serve as an example for new graduate schools.

The fourth is finally testing a number of open source innovations regarding international, inter-disciplinary and intersectoral training within the internal and external network of the project partners.


From left to right, starting from the upper row:

Jef Schrooten MA, Prof. dr. Ortwin de Graef, Saskia Steszewski MA, Prof. Dr. John Downey, Mikko Juusti MSc., Riikka Sarasjӓrvi BA, Dr. Claudia Canales, Drs. Jan Nagtzaam, Veronika Csapo, Dr. Kirsi Korpiaho, Dr. Astrid Wind, Prof. dr. Liesbet van Zoonen, Julia Kaumann MSc., Vanessa Abel MA, Dr. John Fells, Dr. Norbert Sabic.


THE FIRST RESULTS: the Inventory and the Infographic

The Inventory has been established between December 2017 and October 2018 by the Universite Paris Saclay and the University of Leipzig.

It’s a 50-page descriptive and informative report about policies, procedures and practices of the nine participating graduate schools regarding internationalisation, interdisciplinary and intersectorality.

It provides much needed knowledge and insights on the internal concrete practices and operational challenges of European Doctoral Training in the Social Sciences and the Humanities.

An interesting finding in the report is the distinction between thematic and umbrella graduate schools and their characteristics.

As an addition to the Inventory, an overview of the similarities and divergences between the two schools have been put in an infographic.

Transnational project meeting in Paris.
July 2018


SPIRIT @ EUA-CDE Thematic workshop at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam 17 – 18 January 2019

The SPIRIT Project was presented at the EUA-CDE (European University Association – Council for Doctoral Education) meeting in Amsterdam (January 2019).

This meeting was chosen because of the specific audience that is present in this network, being all involved in Doctoral Training

Programmes, including specific programmes for Humanities and Social Sciences.

The workshop worked both ways: we gained new insights, but could also disseminate the preliminary results of our project.

A second reason to select this meeting, was the topic: Inter-Institutional Collaboration in Doctoral Education.

This strongly relates to the third I of our Triple-I approach; Intersectoral.

Internationalisation was also a hot topic.

Link to event page.

Multiplier event SPIRIT @ EURODOC

Conference 01 – 02 April 2019

Currently, the IO4 team (KU Leuven and the University of Helsinki) is working on organising the first SPIRIT Multiplier Event at the EURODOC Conference “Employability of PhD’s’ in Brussels in close cooperation with EURODOC.

The event is expected to reach at least 200+ PhD candidates from different disciplines and the GRAD SPIRIT consortium will present their nine best practices at this event as well as organise an interactive play around one of the best practices (diversity) in order to engage the largely PhD audience.

To register, visit the event page.

Transnational project meeting in Budapest.
October 2018

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