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The doctorate journey is a time of change not only in the knowledge but also in the academic /professional profile: it brings new interrelation with peer and the integration in a new culture - the research culture. The Knowledge construction occurs in a specific scientific area with rules previously defined. The PhD students must enter is this new environment - academic environment - and learn how to deal with it. In this sense, the knowledge construction includes a socialization process which implies the integration and acculturation processes. Even though, an original research will emerge, as it is developed by the student alone and new knowledge will be constructed. Peers, as others researchers in the area, will be important in times of disappointments, difficulties and stress reinforcing the students´ well-being. During the PhD, the supervisor should be a functional leader, being the light in these bad time moments and a mind developer always. So loneliness and isolation is no longer a pre - requisite to do a PhD, being obstacles to the research development, to the students´ integration in the academy and to students´ well-being. In this context, we applied surveys related to doctoral supervision at Nova Lisbon University. In these instruments we questioned students as well as the supervisor, about their feelings of loneliness during the PhD, academic and supervisor support and academic integration. We found that, to supervisors, loneliness is a PhD attribution, being a part of a doctorate. Some students feel lack of support and loneliness, and some already consider, during the PhD journey, to give up and leave the academy. A discussion emerges from these results and some proposals are made to minimize the loneliness and increase the integration in the academy.

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Isabel Cristina Ribau Coutinho 1630
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