The University of Basel established a process for the employment and supervision of doctoral candidates. A doctoral agreement must be concluded between the doctoral student and the first supervisor as well as the other members of the doctoral committee within the first six months of the doctorate. It serves as a progress summary, to plan the doctoral project and to document supervisory meetings. Some faculties have made adjustments to the doctoral agreement, the template can be downloaded from their website. All the important steps that need to be considered during your doctorate are also summarized in a checklist.