PhD students in History (2)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 15 Apr 2023

Ref. No. SU FV-0870-23

at the Department of History . Closing date: 15 April 2023.

The Department of History at Stockholm University is one of the larger departments within the Faculty of Humanities with about 70 employees. The Department has about 15 active PhD students. There are several different fields of research within the Department.

The Department invites applications for 2 PhD student positions in history.

Project description
The Department of History has a collaboration with the Department of History at Uppsala University named the Stockholm-Uppsala Graduate School in History. PhD positions are announced separately at each university. An applicant who wants to be considered for a position at both universities must submit applications to both universities. The admission procedure itself is coordinated between the universities.

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 stipulates that applicants must have received a passing grade on second-cycle courses worth at least 30 credits, including a degree project worth at least 15 credits.

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

Teaching in the PhD program is given in Swedish and English. Some compulsory courses are given only in Swedish.
Stockholm University offers Swedish language courses for international employees. .

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity:
1) Assessment of the depth and breadth of the applicant’s previous education.
2) Academic production. On the basis of the applicant’s degree projects from the first and second cycle and, where applicable, other written scholarly production, the applicant’s capacity to benefit from the training is assessed according to the following criteria: critical ability; analytical skills; creativity; independence.
The assessment will also consider the time aspect, i.e. to what extent the applicant has demonstrated the ability to complete previous academic projects within specified time limits. In addition, based on a comparison of the academic works, an assessment is made of the applicant’s academic development.
3) Research proposal. In connection with the application, the applicant must briefly describe his/her proposed field of research. The account should contain one or more research problems and an outline of the implementation of the research. The research proposal will be assessed on the basis of: relevance; originality; potential for completion within the specified time limits (i.e. a period equivalent to four years of full-time study).
4) Ability to collaborate. The applicant’s interpersonal skills are assessed on the basis of references, certificates, interviews, etc.
The local admission regulations at the Department of History are available at (in Swedish): .

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 Director of Studies for the PhD program, Professor Karin Sennefelt, telephone: +46 8 16 33 14, . Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of Department, Professor Anna Götlind, telephone: +46 8 16 36 73, .

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

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter (no more than 1 page)
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Research proposal, approximately 6 pages (font size 12 pt, line spacing 1.5)
  • 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): a) Bachelor / C thesis; b) Master thesis at the advanced level, or D thesis; c) Information on how much actual study time has been spent on the essays / thesis work (upload as a separate document).

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

You are welcome to apply!

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