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Become a supervisor

At the University of Luxembourg, it is necessary to have an ADR (Autorisation à Diriger des Recherches - Doctoral supervision right) to supervise doctoral students. The University’s law and the internal rules of procedures (Règlement d'Ordre Intérieur - ROI/ internal rules of procedures) define this right, and how to obtain it.

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria are detailed in the University’s internal rules of procedures (ROI), titre IV, Recherche.

  1.  For University staff members: Status of a Maître-assistant/Research Scientist at the University of Luxembourg.
  2. For external researchers: The University only accepts requests from senior researchers affiliated to an institution which has already a collaboration agreement with the University.
  3. All applicants must be at least 3 years after award of their doctoral degree.
  4. In addition to the criteria in the ROI, all applicants for an ADR must demonstrate mastery of both “necessary” competences as well as any relevant “desirable” competence in line with the “R3 Established Researcher” profile of the European Framework for research careers. Please download the ADR application form for more information.

Procedure to obtain an ADR

  • Please make sure that you are eligible to apply for an ADR before completing the form. All details about eligibility criteria are provided in the application form.
  • Read the instructions in the application form very carefully, and make sure that you obtain a support letter from the Dean, the Interdisciplinary Centre Director or the Head of Department (accordingly to your affiliation).
  • Your application will be assessed according to the legal background by a committee which consists of internal and external members. Please be aware that your unit/institution will be charged about 1500€ for the external evaluation which is currently managed via the European Science Foundation (ESF).
  • The duration of the procedure is about 12 weeks, in case of delays the applicant will be informed.
  • Download the ADR application form.
  • Send the completed application form to:
    a) the Faculty/IC contact points if you are a University of Luxembourg internal candidate.
    b) to ADRexterne@uni.lu, if you are an external candidate.
  • There are four deadlines per year:
    • 1 March
    • 1 June
    • 15 September
    • 1 December (Please note that the 1 December 2022 deadline is cancelled)

Once you receive the authorisation and you have a doctoral candidate, the Office of doctoral studies will guide you with your candidate’s registration, progression monitoring by the dissertation supervisory committee, and candidate thesis defence procedures.

Contact points

For staff members of the University of Luxembourg:

For externals to the University of Luxembourg,