Academic guidelines & timeline

Students applying for a research grant will be interviewed by an advisor to determine the student’s availability and capability to conduct research at the appropriate level within a standard time-frame.

After acceptance, students must record their progress by submitting an updated Form 727 to the Doctorate Committee of the School of Graduate Studies according the following timeline:

First year students:

  1. A literature review must be submitted up to 6 months from beginning PhD studies
  2. A research proposal and study plan must be submitted up to 12 months from beginning of PhD studies

Second year students:

  1. Approval of research proposal and determination of “good standing” status (Internal authorization will be forwarded to the research student by the department coordinator.)
  2. Initial progress report -1: progress in implementation of the research must be submitted up to 24 months from beginning of PhD studies.

Third year students:

  1. Intermediate progress report -2: progress in implementation of the research must be submitted up to 30 months from beginning of PhD studies.
  2. Intermediate progress report -3: progress in implementation of the research must be submitted up to 36 months from beginning of PhD studies.

Fourth year students:

  1. Receive authorization from the advisor for submitting the thesis for peer-review and then for external review up to 48 months from beginning of PhD studies.
  2. Authorization of eligibility is issued up to 3 months from the beginning of online travel form.
  3. Authorization of eligibility for PhD /final grades transcript by the department (may be extracted from the student’s personal information or from the department coordinator).

The Doctorate Committee will report about the personal progress of the student to the Grant Committee at the conclusion of each step. In addition, the advisor will provide a quarterly report, regarding the research student’s progress (Form 727).