The second year progress report is to be completed by the main supervisor of a PhD candidate at the end of the second year of the PhD track. In the report a review is given of the performance and progress made by the PhD candidate over the past year. Also plans are given for the coming years in order to realise timely graduation by the end of the PhD contract/track.
Taking into account input gathered from the PhD candidate, the supervisor first uses this form to draft the report. This draft is then discussed and adjusted as needed during a meeting with the PhD candidate and ideally all supervisors involved. The main supervisor is reponsible for providing a final version of the progress report after this meeting, which must be approved by all parties involved (the supervision team and the PhD candidate).
Please save the final version into the system [option "Save and download PDF"] and hand in a signed print out at the ILLC Office (signed by the main supervisor and the PhD candidate).
The form itself can be found on the personal tracking pages of the candidate.
What is expected for each section
Indicate any special circumstances that might have had a substantial influence on the performance of the PhD candidate during the second year.
Include any hinderances/reasons for delay in the realisation of the plans (also include delay caused by COVID-19 measures).
- Assess the PhD candidate's performance in relation to supervision (for example, degree of independence and initiative, ability to deal with and to incorporate feedback)
- Comment on the supervision agreements stated in the TSP or the First Year Assessment. Is supervision to mutual satisfaction?
- Include any changes necessary in the supervision agreements
Assess the performance of the PhD candidate in relation to research.
At least the following points should be addressed:
- ability to formulate a sensible research proposal and to turn a proposal into a concrete research plan
- quality of academic writing and of oral presentations
- ability to manage deadlines
- results obtained so far
- number of papers submitted for publication or talks given
- is the research on schedule?
- If any changes been made to the research plan laid down in the TSP or the First Year Assessment, please provide an overview of the new research plan. This should include a timeline for the main research tasks in each year to come, including the expected output/results and the deadlines. If publications are part of the output, please indicate so.
- In case there are hinderances or special circumstances mentioned in the 'Special Circumstances' section, please also include the way these will be handled in order to minimize the delay.
- Reaearch data management: how is this handled? Please have a look at the UvA page on RDM.
- Have all courses and training activities proposed for the last year been completed? If not, please elaborate
- Comment on the extent to which the candidate has acquired new knowledge and skills
- List any changes in training activities planned for the coming years in comparison with the TSP or the First Year Assessment(courses, summer schools, research visits, internships, etc). Please include the time period
- Include the courses the PhD candidate was involved in during the past year and describe the tasks performed
- Assess the PhD candidate's performance during these tasks (quantity and quality). If available, comment on student evaluations received
- List any changes in teaching activities planned for the coming years in comparison with the TSP or the First Year Assessment. Please include the time period
- Include the organisational or administrative tasks the PhD candidate was involved in during the past year
- Assess the PhD candidate's performance during these tasks. You may also want to comment on the candidate's willingness to participate in activities outside of the scope of the research project, and to relate with colleagues inside and outside of the ILLC
- List any changes in organisational or administrative tasks planned for the coming years in comparison with the TSP or the First Year Assessment. Please include the time period.
Please comment on the following matters:
- Does the PhD candidate feel at home at the ILLC (and in the Netherlands)?
- Work pressure
- Work-life balance
- And if applicable, how will this be dealt with?
Comment on the plans and prospects for the future career of the PhD candidate. If appropriate, outline a plan of action - for example, regarding postdoc project proposals or job applications.
Participation in activities organised within the University of Amsterdam (eg, career lunches and workshop, Life after ILLC, Pro-Actief, career markets).
Any other remarks on issues not covered above or comments on special circumstances.