PhD students in the History of ideas with a specialization in political thought (2)

Updated: 19 days ago
Deadline: 05 Oct 2023

Ref. No. SU FV-1184-23

at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics . Closing date: 10 May 2023

The Department of Culture and Aesthetics (IKE) is a large and dynamic department within the Faculty of Humanities with about 140 employees. The department has about 40 PhD students in History of Ideas, Art History, Literature, Musicology, Theatre and Performance Studies.

The PhD student will pursue research within history of ideas. Historians of Ideas in Stockholm conduct research in several thematic fields: History of political ideas; History of philosophy; Cultural history; Media history; History of knowledge and Environmental history and Human-animal studies within the field of Environmental Humanities. For more information, please visit .

Project description
As part of a new doctoral school in the history of political thought, the Department of Culture and Aesthetics invites applications for two PhD student positions in History of Ideas. The position is fully financed and offers a 4-year full-time employment. The doctoral school is a collaboration between Stockholm University, Uppsala University, Södertörn University and Gothenburg University, partly funded by the Swedish national research council for the doctoral cycle 2023–2027. The doctoral school will train a new generation of doctoral students in historical analysis of the political.

We welcome applications addressing a wide area of research interests with relevance to the history of political thought, for instance: the histories of thinking the environment, intellectual histories of the market and political economy; the history of ideologies including, but not limited to, populism, neoliberalism and fascism; histories of memory, future, temporality and scale. We welcome a plurality of geographical scopes and chronologies. For more information, please visit .

Successful candidates will pursue their doctoral studies full-time in Stockholm and will be part of the department’s doctoral education as well as the activities of the doctoral school. They are expected to be physically present at the department and to actively participate in both environments, including research seminars and workshops. Doctoral candidates are expected to follow the school’s course cycle, .

The working language of the doctoral school is English, whereas the department’s working language is Swedish (though some activities and research seminars may be conducted in English). Stockholm University offers Swedish language courses for international employees . Swedish reading and listening comprehension is expected within two years. Doctoral dissertations may be written in English or Swedish.

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 in history of ideas, including a degree project worth at least 15 credits.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, proficient knowledge in Swedish (Norwegian or Danish) or English in speech, reading and writing is required.

The entry requirements may be met by applicants who in Sweden or elsewhere have acquired equivalent qualification. Assessments of the qualification are made by an admission committee and decision on admission is made by the Department board. 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 training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity:


  • Education in general. Assessment of the depth and breadth of the applicant’s previous education.
  • Scholarly 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.
  • 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).
  • Available supervisor resources.
  • Teamwork skills. The applicant’s ability to collaborate is assessed on the basis of, for example, references, certificates or interviews.
  • The local admission regulations at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics are available at (in Swedish):!/menu/standard/file/Antagningsordning%20FoU%20IKE%20Antagen%20IS%20220112.pdf .

    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.

    Closing date for application is May 10 2023, with notice of admission in June and starting date September 1 2023.

    For more information, please contact the Director of Studies for the PhD program Victoria Fareld, . Further information about the position can be obtained from the Head of Department Boel Hackman, .

    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
    • Two or three references, with contact details

    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
    • Research proposal (of nor more than 10 000 signs). This description should identify the purpose and aim of the project, the problem(s) addressed, material that will be used, and how the project relates to previous research. The project draft should also include a discussion on which theories and methods you may utilise.
    • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
    • Recommendation letter (nor 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 .

    You are welcome to apply!

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