Here's some information that might be good to know when you approach the defense of your dissertation.
As a PhD student, you have 4 years of full-time funding (including annual expenses,
office costs, supervision etc.). If you haven't defended your dissertation within those
4 years, you are responsible for finding your own alternative income.
If your dissertation is finished on time, you are entitled to a dissertation disposal
(currently 55 000 SEK). The disposal is meant to cover publication costs, language
checks and opponent expenses (remuneration, travel, hotel).
Posting of Doctoral Theses
A FEW WORDS OF ADVICE FROM FORMER PHD'S
Consider if you want to have your thesis printed by an external publisher - the rules are a bit tricky, but perhaps it might be worth it if you want your thesis to be more public.
Carefully plan who you want to have as the reader on your final seminar. This is your last chance to get external (and thorough) feedback on your thesis.
Don't forget to plan for a proper party when your'e done!
KEY EVENTS DURING YOUR FINAL YEAR
Recruitment of opponent and reader for final seminar.
Writing the 'kappa' or
Recruitment of examination
Revision of thesis based on
critique from the final seminar.
Language check, reference check + writing summary and abstract.
Here's an estimation of what your last three months
as a PhD might look like.
1. Full manustript is finished
2. Collegial reading
3. Final corrections
4. Final language check
5. Proof/print preparations
6. Proof is sent to printer
7. Thesis is ready to publish
8. Thesis is printed
9. Press release
10. Library deliveries
11. Thesis is 'nailed' (or 'spikad')
WHAT TO DO NEXT?
TURN YOUR DISSERTATION
INTO A BOOK?
Apply for funding to do more research?
The grants office at Umeå University knows a lot about how to get research funding, and reviews grant proposals (for free). Gothenburg University also offers one of the best grant overviews in the country.
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Here's a decent blog post that gives advice on how to de-academize your CV. Also check out this post, which outlines some of the major pitfalls for grad students who move into non-academic spheres.