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PhD Positions in Sociology, Sociological Demography, & Political Science

PhD student in Political Science with orientation towards Comparative European Politics - Deadline 15 September

The Department of Political Science is a dynamic and strong education- and research department at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Stockholm University. The Department aims to be nationally leading and internationally prominent within its field of research and education.

The Department announces one vacant position in the doctoral program with an orientation towards Comparative European Politics. The PhD position is fully funded for 4 years and positioned at the Department of Political Science. Planned entry date is November 1, 2019.

Project Description

The PhD position will be part of a research project National independence and European integration: Scotland’s and Catalonia’s democratic challenges to the political order in the European Union. The project addresses a central, yet often overlooked, question in the study of European integration and democratic governance in the EU: what explains the support for national independence of non-sovereign regions in EU member states? By focusing on how visions of national independence are linked discursively and in practice to notions of European integration and democracy in a comparative case study of pro-independence political and societal actors in Catalonia and Scotland – the two most salient cases in the EU at present – the project seeks to provide an original and timely contribution to the research agenda on the challenges to and possible renewal of democratic governance in contemporary Europe. The project is conducted in collaboration with the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

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 at least 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 stipulates that the applicant must have:

  • completed higher education equivalent to 150 Swedish university credits, including studies at the advanced level (master’s level) of at least 60 Swedish university credits in the political science subject, or the equivalent education
  • a completed written academic, independent work with a least the grade ’pass’, equivalent to at least 15 Swedish university credits in the political science subject
  • completed additional 90 Swedish university credits, or the equivalent, of higher education in subjects relevant to the graduate program, 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 application.


Two PhD students in Sociology - Deadline 1 October

The Department of Sociology in collaboration with the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) at Stockholm University hereby invites applications for two doctoral positions in sociology with placement at SOFI.

The Department of Sociology, founded in 1954, offers a dynamic research environment with many cross-disciplinary collaborations and a strong international research profile. The department's doctoral programs in sociology and sociological demography are taught in English and attract applicants from many parts of the world. SOFI is an internationally renowned research institute that is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences and conducts sociological and economic research of a very high international standard in areas such as social policy, welfare, inequality and the labor market. SOFI currently has about ten doctoral students enrolled in the doctoral program at the Department of Sociology.

Project Description

The positions are connected to the level of living research carried out at SOFI and are linked to the program ALL-INCLUSIVE? Cohesion and Exclusion in Work-Life Change, funded by FORTE (the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare). The program examines the evolution of multi-dimensional inequality in the wake of long-term structural change, with an emphasis on Sweden. Sub-projects include analyses of employment opportunities for marginal groups (youth, immigrants, the low-educated); wages and employment trajectories among workers in different parts of the job structure; health, well-being and family ties across the life-course among women and men with and without work; and political reactions to work-life change, including support for populist parties. The empirical backbone of the research is data from the Swedish Level of Living Surveys (LNU), one of the longest running longitudinal panels in the world with a new wave to be completed in 2020. Data from other Swedish as well as international surveys and Swedish administrative registers are also used. We welcome applicants with research interests in any of the broad themes indicated above. Aside from theoretical ability, skills in quantitative methods are especially desirable, with experience of using qualitative methods as an additional merit.


PhD students in Sociology and Social Demography - Deadline 1 October

The Department of sociology, founded 1954, offers a lively and collaborative research environment with a strong international research profile. The department is especially competitive in the areas of demography, ethnic relations and migration, gender, family sociology, political sociology, social policy regimes, social networks and social stratification. Masters and doctoral programs offered at the department are taught in English and attract applicants from all over Europe. At present members of the department include doctoral students, post-docs and faculty from at least 15 different countries.

The department also include the Stockholm University Demography Unit (SUDA), established in 1983, an international group of scholars and doctoral students, working on many facets of population dynamics. SUDA offers the only comprehensive demographic training in Sweden, and the unit is well connected with research schools throughout the world. As an acknowledgement of SUDA’s success, demography has officially been appointed a leading research area at Stockholm University.

The Department of Sociology at Stockholm University announces doctoral studentships in Sociology and Sociological Demography.

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