PhD student in Romance Languages

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 15 Apr 2023

Ref. No. SU FV-0910-23

at the Department of Romance Studies and Classics . Closing date: 15 April 2023.

The Department of Romance Studies and Classics is placed at the Faculty of Humanities and has about 70 employees and around 1,000 students per year. The main research areas are Literature Research, Romance Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition and Multilingualism.

As a PhD student you have the opportunity to participate in The Faculty's Doctoral School , which offers courses of interdisciplinarity and cooperation across subject borders. The Doctoral School can improve the quality of your education thanks to the interchange with PhD students from other subjects and departments.

Project description
The doctoral dissertation must be carried out within the Romance languages for which we offer education, namely French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish (literature or linguistics). It is also possible to choose Romance languages general orientation.

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.

To meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of Romance Languages stipulates that:

- the candidate has passed advanced level courses of at least 30 credits in French, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish including a degree project of at least 15 credits.

- the candidate possesses knowledge of English equivalent to the level of English 6. This does not apply to students who have undergone university education where English is required.

The entry requirements must also be met by persons who acquired corresponding skills within or outside the country and by the deadline for application.

The basis for selection is the applicant’s capacity to complete the studies. The selection is made on the following criteria:

  • General previous education. The assessment takes into consideration the depth and broadness of previous education.
  • Scientific production. Based on first-cycle and second-cycle degree projects and, if applicable, other scientific production, the applicant’s capacity is assessed on: critical ability, analytical ability, creativity, independence and scientific diligence. The assessment must also consider the time aspect, i.e. the extent to which the applicant has completed previous scientific assignments within a given time frame. Assessment is also made of the applicant’s academic development based on a comparison between scientific productions.
  • Research plan. The applicant must give an account of the intended research area, which must contain formulation of problem(s) and a description of how the research will be conducted. This is assessed based on relevance, originality and feasibility within the time frame (i.e. a period corresponding to four years of full-time studies for a doctoral degree and two years of full-time studies for a licentiate degree).
  • Cooperative ability. The applicant is assessed, for example, on references, certificates and interviews.
  • In addition. There are strict requirements regarding the applicant’s ability to adequately express himself/herself in academic French, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish. An assessment of this is made on previous scientific works.
  • In the admission and selection of applicants the department board must consider the regulations set out by the Faculty of Humanities.
  • Local admissions regulations for the Department of Romance Studies and Classics: Department of Romance Languages and Classics Courses and programmes .

    Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University: 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 at 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 Laura Álvarez López, Director of PhD Studies, telephone +46 8 16 14 61, .

    For further information about the position please contact Fanny Forsberg Lundell, Head of Department, telephone +46 8 16 34 62, .

    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), PhD student representative: .

    Apply for the position through 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 deadline.

    Fill in the following information

    • contact details and personal data
    • highest degree
    • language skills
    • contact details for 2–3 references (i.e. former directors/employers)

    and include the following documents

    • cover letter
    • CV, degrees, other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
    • research proposal written in the Romance language in which the PhD thesis will be written with abstract in English (3-5 pages)
    • degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
    • degree projects/theses (no more than 6 files)
    • letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)

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

    You are welcome to apply!

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