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3 PhD Student positions at Department of Law – Stockholm University, Sweden, 2022

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Department of Law invites applications for 3 PhD Students at Stockholm University, Sweden, 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Student
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 1 Year
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Department of Law
Stockholm University
Stockholm University (SU)
Stockholm, Sweden

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Qualification Details

In order to meet the general entry requirements to doctoral studies, 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 Law stipulates that applicants must have completed an LL.M, a Law Degree or equivalent. Eligibility can also be granted to applicants who, through professional experience or other training, are deemed to have aquired competence equal to that which is necessary to conduct studies at post-graduate level, both in terms of scientific skills and legal literacy relevant to the research area.

Eligibility requires that the applicant has very good command of Swedish and good knowledge of English, or that the applicant has a very good command of English.

The possibility of employment as a doctoral student is largely based on the applicant´s deemed capability to carry out studies at a doctoral level.

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


The selection among the eligible students will be based on their deemed capacity to carry out studies at a doctoral level. This capability will be assessed based on the the following criteria, stipulated by the Faculty of Law:

  • The applicants' general knowledge
  • The project description– the originality of the project– the theoretical framework and the question at issue in relation to previous research– the legibility of the method and the relevance in relation to the question at issue– the addition of new knowledge and its relevance
  • The viability of the project plan.

When assessing the applicants the following will more specifically be taken into account: the applicant´s documented subject knowledge and its relevance to the research; the ability to express oneself in speech and writing in Swedish and/or English; the capacity for analytical thinking; creativity; self-initiative and independece; interpersonal skills. Previous studies and grades will also be considered, as well as the quality of the individual work, references, relevant experience, interviews, the applicant´s written motivation for the request.

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

Specific instructions for the Department of Law: Candidate Program.

The applicant´s general competence will be assessed through academic performance, essays and other writings that show the ability for clear presentation and critical analysis, as well as professional experiences and other similar activities that are relevant to the education.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Anyone applying for the positions as an employed doctoral student is also considered as an applicant to doctoral studies. Applicants whose applications fulfils the required level, but who are not employed, may still be admitted to the doctoral program if other acceptable financing can be arranged before December 31st, 2023.

How to Apply?

Online Application through "Apply Now" Button from this page

Reference Number: SU FV-4609-21
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

Please include the following information with your application:

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

in addition, please include the following documents:

  • The form "Application for Admission to Doctoral studies", Please state "Law science with specialization in either of these areas; Criminal Law, Environmental Law, EU Law, Financial Law, History of Law, Jurisprudence, Law of Information and Technology, Private International and Procedural Law, Private Law, Procedural Law, Public Law or Public International Law in the box for "Subject".
  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Research proposal describing the intended project – including research question, theoretical framework, method and material, how the project is intended to be conducted and a literature review that indicates the scientific added value of the intended project
  • 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.

About the Department

The Department of Law is one of the largest departments at Stockholm University with about 200 employees and 6,500 students. More than 100 teachers are engaged full time to teach and to carry out the research on which the teaching is founded. The Faculty employs more than 30 professors in different areas. As a doctoral candidate at Juridicum, you will be part of a dynamic environment with high prestige research and a strong international character.

About the Employer: Stockholm University (SU)

Note or Other details

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed as a doctoral student. 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 or administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

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Contact details

For more information about the Doctoral Program, please contact the Director of Studies, Jaan Paju,

Further information about the employment and the application process can be obtained from the Administrative Director of Studies, Sari Wrange, (after January 10th, 2022).

Further information about the employments and other acceptable financing than employment can be obtained from the Head of Department, Professor Gustaf Sjöberg,

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