Funded PhD positions in Political Sciences at Uppsala University, in Sweden

The Department of Government at Uppsala university provides a vibrant and internationally successful research environment. With approximately 60 faculty members and 30 PhD-students, we are recognized as one of the leading political science departments in the Nordic region.

Employed doctoral students must primarily devote their time to their own doctoral research. Other departmental duties may also be included in the position, such as, teaching or administrative tasks, but no more than 20%. The employment will be extended for a period corresponding to the time spent on departmental work.

PhD students are employed fulltime with a fixed monthly salary. The current salary for first year PhDs is 26,100 SEK (approx 2470 EUR).


General eligibility is possessed by anyone who has obtained a degree at advanced level, fulfilled course requirements for at least 240 ECTS points, of which at least 60 ECTS points at advanced level, or otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad.

For special eligibility for admission to graduate studies in political science the applicant is required to have satisfactory results on courses carrying 90 ECTS points in political science. Special eligibility is also possessed by anyone who has otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad.


The application should contain the following:

  • CV
  • A cover letter. The letter should 1) contain a brief statement of intent (max 500 words), i.e. the applicant’s motives for applying. 2) Give a brief description of the documents submitted, please list them. 3) Indicate which piece of submitted academic work the applicant wants the committee to prioritize.
  • A maximum of two examples of the applicant’s research production (thesis, articles, reports or other texts of high scientific standard etc.). At least one of the submitted texts must have the applicant as its sole author. If a co-authored text is supplied, the applicant’s contribution must be described in an accompanying statement signed by all co-authors.
  • A reflection on the applicant’s prior research where he/she discusses its main strengths and weaknesses, theoretical and methodological challenges and choices, and the societal relevance of the work. (max. 1000 words)
  • Certified transcripts of academic records (to demonstrate qualification for admission).
  • Certification of competence in Swedish and/or English (not necessary for applicants that submit academic work in Swedish or English on which the applicant is sole author or applicants that have a degree from a Swedish university.

Uppsala University strives to be an inclusive workplace that promotes equal opportunities and attracts qualified candidates who can contribute to the University’s excellence and diversity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and from people of all backgrounds.

Deadline: 5 February 2020.

More information here.