PhD student in Finnish

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 15 Apr 2023

Ref. No. SU FV-0989-23

at the Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch and German . Closing date: 15 April 2023.

Finnish is one of the sections at the Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch and German, which is part of the Faculty of Humanities. The department has about 50 employees and approximately 1200 students each academic year.

Teaching in the Finnish section focuses on the study of the Finnish language in Finland and Sweden, Finnish and Finland-Swedish literature and culture, as well as didactic perspectives within these fields. Key research areas in the section are Finnish as minority language, Sweden Finnish as a language and Sweden Finnish culture, Finnish as part of multilingualism in literature and educational contexts, didactics of language and literature teaching, sociolinguistics, the political discourse of Finland, and corpus linguistics.

Project description
The doctoral studies will be conducted within linguistics, literary studies or didactics (language or literature) with a focus on the Finnish language.

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of Finnish stipulates that applicants must have completed at least 30 ECTS within second cycle courses with a special focus on Finnish, including a thesis of at least 15 credits. In addition, proficiency in Swedish and English language (reading, writing and oral skills), is required. National and international students must be able to show equivalent qualifications.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the PhD programme. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity: the candidates’ documented interest and knowledge in a relevant field of research, a capacity for analytical thinking, as well as an ability to take initiative and to conduct research independently and in a creative manner. Written and oral proficiency in both Finnish and Swedish is a requirement. The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the MA thesis, references, relevant experience, interviews, the candidate’s written motivation for seeking the position, and possibility for the Department to provide supervisor with suitable knowledge within the research area of the application. The research plan is assessed based on relevance, originality and feasibility within the given time frame.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: and regulations .

Terms of employment
Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For more information, please contact the Head of the Department, Renata Ingbrant, telephone: +46-8-163329, , or Professor Heidi Grönstrand, telephone: +46-8-162109, .

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, , Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/OFR), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, ,  (SEKO), and PhD student representative, .

Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Project proposal/Research proposal describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
    – what field of study should the project be seen as belonging to
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position .

Information on the Doctoral School in the Humanities .

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