As a structural measure, the whole project is aimed at restructuring doctoral studies in Serbia in line with the Bologna Process and Salzburg Principles, with the emphasis on the quality of research and integrative processes involving universities, institutes and industry, and resulting in the establishment of Doctoral Schools.

The specific objectives are:

a) to reconsider the existing national policies/standards for doctoral studies in Serbia and to develop new ones, better adapted to the current experiences and needs, together with a new bylaw on financing doctoral studies based on doctoral research projects;

b) to restructure doctoral studies in order achieve a synergy between scientific research Institutes and Universities and compatibility with the needs of industry;

c) to develop the concept of joint doctoral studies at intra-university and inter-university levels through Doctoral Schools, and to implement several models of Doctoral Schools in selected fields.