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PhD Vacancies in English Literature Studies – CuEEd-LL, Sweden – Oct 2021

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Stockholm University invites PhD (doctoral) position in English Literature studies at the doctoral school CuEEd-LL (Culturally Empowering Education through Language and Literature), Sweden – Oct 2021

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General Info

Position: PhD Position Job
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Feb 01, 2022
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

CuEEd-LL research school
Department of English
Stockholm University (SU)

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Qualification Details

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

An applicant meets the specific entry requirements for doctoral studies in English if he or she has received a passing grade on course work of at least 30 higher education credits in English at the advanced level (alternatively in linguistics or comparative literature), including a thesis of at least 15 higher education credits.

Additionally, the applicant must document proficiency in English as measured by one of the following internationally recognised language proficiency tests: the TOEFL, including TWE, with a result of at least 630 points (written test), 267 points (computer-based test)/109 points (internet-based test); Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (A or B); or the IELTS with a total score of at least 7.5 (and no part below 7); or an equivalent.

The candidate must also be able to demonstrate proficiency in Swedish (or another Scandinavian language). Proficiency in a language other than Swedish or English is seen as an additional merit. A teacher’s degree also further strenghtens a candidate’s ranking.

The qualification requirements may also be achieved by an applicant who has acquired equivalent proficiencies either within Sweden or abroad, but it is the Department of English that decides what counts as an equivalent.

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


Selection from among applicants meeting the requirements set out in section 4 is to be made with reference to their ability to benefit from the programme. The selection is made by the department’s Research Council. The selection is made with regard to the following criteria:

  1. Previous education in general. Assessment of both depth and breadth of previous education.
  2. Scholarly production. Based on a Bachelor’s thesis, a Master’s thesis or other academic papers, the potential of the applicant to benefit from the education. The assessment should also take into consideration the aspect of time, that is, to what extent the applicant has shown the ability to meet his or her previous scholarly obligations within given time constraints. In addition, the extent to which the applicant provides evidence of developing academic proficiency is considered. The scholarly production is judged with regard to critical and analytical ability, independence and creativity.
  3. The applicant must enclose a research plan which should cover the research problem and an outline of the research project. The research plan is to be assessed according to its relevance, originality and feasibility within given time constraints (that is, full-time work during a four-year period of doctoral studies or two years for a licentiate).
  4. Availability of supervision.
  5. Ability to collaborate. The ability of the applicant to collaborate with others is to be determined by personal references, certificates or interviews.
  6. Other. The applicant’s mastery of written and spoken English at the level necessary for completing the PhD programme is to be assessed by means of the essays submitted and interviews.

When admitting and selecting applicants for doctoral studies in English, the Department Board will abide by Faculty regulations.

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

Responsibilities/Job Description

The purpose of the CuEEd-LL research school (funded by the Swedish Research Council) is to strengthen teacher education by studying and developing culturally empowering education through language and literature. Teachers must be competent in using language and literature to develop communicative practices and create inclusive environments in heterogeneous educational contexts. CuEEd-LL’s research themes are informed by the fields of Southern Multilingualism and Diversities, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, and Decoloniality. These fields view language and literature as critical for shaping and articulating cultures and (inter)cultural understanding. With these fields as a point of departure, CuEEd-LL research aims at illuminating how language- and literature-based pedagogical interventions can culturally empower pupils and help them understand and confidently participate in complex and diverse cultural contexts. Focussing on the different school levels and subjects, the PhD candidates will investigate how language and literature are used in meaning-making, communication, and identity work. CuEEd-LL aims to support equitable, high-quality education and participation in a globalised and digitised world.

The following lists possible examples of research themes within CuEEd-LL:

  • Language and literature in school and other educational contexts, and in teacher education.
  • Culture through language and literature in different teacher education programmes.
  • Opportunities and challenges of using language and literature in school and other educational contexts, and in teacher education.
  • Historical and contemporary perspectives on multilingualism, literacy and literature.
  • Reading and writing processes in children and adults.
  • The impact of digital processes on communication, culture, and diversity in different fields of education.
  • National and international aspects of literary instruction.
  • Literary translation and pedagogy.

CuEEd-LL constitutes a dynamic, multilingual and international research environment formed by senior researchers from five continents. CuEEd-LL plans to organise several retreats and a study trip to South Africa. Moreover, CuEEd-LL offers the following, collaboratively developed compulsory courses:

  1. Culturally Empowering Education for a Global 21st Century: Research and Practice (5 credits)
  2. Decolonizing and Southern Theories: Implications for Swedish Education (7.5 credits)
  3. Rethinking Methodology in Language and Literature Educational Research (7.5 credits)
  4. Ethical Research Design for a Post-digital and Globalized Era (7.5 credits)
  5. Guiding and Mentoring Practitioner Research (2.5 credits)

CuEEd-LL is led by Jönköping University in collaboration with Göteborg University, Stockholm University and Malmö University. In the autumn of 2021, 9 PhD candidates will be recruited across the four universities. The doctoral school is transdisciplinary but candidates will be admitted to one of the following disciplines: pedagogy, Swedish, Swedish as a second language, English, bilingual research, comparative literature and literary and linguistic didactics. We encourage applicants with an interest in language and literature in teacher training.

The successful candidate should have a solid background and training in English literature, comparative literature or literary didactics, as evidenced by previous experience and qualifications. Formal requirements for admission to the doctoral programme in English Literature include a BA and at least 60 ECTS credits in English, Comparative literature or literary didactics at the Master’s/advanced level. Prior to admission, the candidate must also be competent in Swedish (or another Scandinavian language).

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: SU FV-3269-21
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Documents Required

Apply for the Phd student position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job 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
  • Research proposal (2000 words maximum, excluding references)
    • The proposal must include:
      • a statement of the research aim and research question
      • a delineation of the methodological and theoretical framework
      • a research plan
      • an indication of the expected contribution to the research field
  • 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 English Department

The Department of English at Stockholm University has an international staff engaged in a wide range of research projects, as demonstrated by the Department’s record of international publications and the Faculty of Humanities’ recognition of our leading research both in literature and linguistics. Literary research interests among our members of staff cover areas such as nineteenth-century British literature, modernism, postcolonial and world literature, environmental humanities and narratology. For further information, please consult the department’s website:

The Department of English is offering a fully-funded doctoral position in English with a specialisation in literature. The position is profiled towards teacher education and is part of the doctoral school CuEEd-LL (Culturally Empowering Education through Language and Literature). The PhD position includes 20% departmental duties consisting mainly of teaching in teacher training programmes. The successful candidate is expected to commence their studies on 1 February 2022.

About the Employer: Stockholm University (SU)

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.

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Contact details

Further information about the position and the PhD programme in the department can be obtained from the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Peter Sundkvist,, or Professor Stefan Helgesson,

Union representatives

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

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