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Stockholm, PhD Vacancy in Political Science – Sweden 2022

Stockholm University (SU), Sweden

Department of Political Science offers PhD student in Political Science at the Stockholm University (SU) – Sweden 2022


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General Info

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

Department of Political Science
Stockholm University (SU)
Stockholm, Sweden

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Qualification Details

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 Political Science at Stockholm University, the applicant must have:

  • completed higher education equivalent to 150 higher education credits, including studies at the advanced level (master’s level) of at least 60 credits in Political Science, or the equivalent fields of study,
  • a completed written academic, independent work with a least the grade ’pass’, equivalent to at least 15 credits in the political science subject,
  • completed additional 90 credits, or the equivalent, of higher education in subjects relevant to the graduate programme, and
  • proficiency in English corresponding to at least 550 credits on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Understanding Swedish is not a requirement at the time of admission. The applicant should, however, be prepared within a couple of years to carry out teaching and administrative tasks that require knowledge and usage of the Swedish language.

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

Selection The selection is based on the applicant’s ability to successfully pursue the research education. Selection criteria when assessing the application are further specified in the General Syllabus for Ph.D. Studies in Political Science.

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

Responsibilities/Job Description

The aim of the doctoral programme is to give the student specialised knowledge within the field of political science, a thorough training in research methods, -and a good understanding of the problems occurring in research and in the practical application of results. The programme familiarises the student with different structures of society and ideas, and gives a broad orientation of the research development within the subject, with the purpose of making the student a critical and independent researcher with the ability to plan and develop scientific projects. There are two main blocks in the programme: course work (75 credits) and work in connection with the Ph.D. dissertation (165 credits). For further information about the structure of the programme, please see the department's website.

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: SU FV-4500-21
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

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 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 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter – describe briefly who you are and why you are motivated to become a PhD candidate in political science
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages excluding references) describing:
    • which research problem you want to address and how you would approach this problem methodologically
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Certificate in English corresponding to at least 550 credits on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This criterion does not apply for students who have completed their education at a Swedishuniversity, where English proficiency is a general eligibility requirement. You can read more about the English requirements at Stockholm University here: English requirements
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 3 files).

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

About the Employer: Stockholm University (SU)

Note or Other details

During the first 6 to 12 months, the admitted PhD-student will normally be funded by a tax-free scholarship. After that period of time, we provide taxable scholarships.

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.

Union representativesIngrid 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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