The term Ph.D. is an abbreviation of philosophiae doctor (latin for doctor of philosophy) and is also the name of a degree, where one researches a specific subject, whilst associated with a university.
A Ph.D. degree takes three years and requires that the student has already completed a bachelor and a master’s degree.
Usually, a Ph.D. student is employed as a researcher – by a university, a research institute or company – while simultaneously being a registered student at a university. The specific terms and procedures will be decided in co-operation with the university, and relevant institutions or companies, but by the end of the degree, all Ph.D. students must produce a thesis, explaining their research and results.
It is possible to be registered as a Ph.D. student at the University of the Faroe Islands. Those interested can contact the appropriate department, where they can get more information and guidance.
Where to seek advise?
When thinking about starting on a Ph.D. degree, you have to consider the academic, financial and the social aspects.
The Academic Aspect
Contact the University of the Faroe Islands or a researcher there. They will be able to help you structure the academic aspect of your Ph.D. programme and ensure that you are adhering to relevant requirements.
Should you wish to work with another research institute, it would also help to speak to them.
Those who are studying abroad can also benefit from having contacts within the network of researchers based in the Faroe Islands.
The Financial Aspect:
It is possible to apply for a grant from the Faroese Research Foundation. Research Council Faroe Islands utilizes a substantial amount of the Faroese Research Foundation’s annual appropriation to support Ph.D. projects. This can only be a partial grant, covering a maximum of 2/3’s of the total cost. Research Council Faroe Islands offers grants to projects based in the Faroe Islands, as well as abroad.
If the chosen topic is related to the fisheries industry, you can also apply for a grant from Fiskivunnuroyndum, which is a fund controlled by the Ministry of Fisheries.
It is often helpful to apply for grants from many different sources, as this makes it easier to acquire the necessary amount. You can ask for more guidance on this matter from other Ph.D. students, research institutions or even the Research Council Faroe Islands.
The Social Aspect:
Consider your association with relevant networks of researchers. A network of relevant researchers can be crucial while studying for a Ph.D.. Research institutions and other Ph.D. students will be able to give you more information on this.