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Doctoral Student Position Specialising in Migration Law, Sweden

Publish Date: Jul 01, 2016

Deadline: Sep 20, 2016

About the university

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. Our most important assets are all the individuals who with their curiosity and their dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting work places. Uppsala University has 40,000 students, 7,000 employees and a turnover of SEK 6,5 billion.

To further strengthen our research environment in migration law, the Department of Law at Uppsala University hereby declares vacant a doctoral student position specialising in migration law.

Focus of the doctoral project

Migration Law

Project proposals in which migration law constitutes a considerable and integrated part of the research topic are eligible for the current position. Migration law is a dynamic and relatively new field of law in Sweden, in which there is a great need for research. Migration law deals with the international, regional and national legal frameworks that regulate various forms of migration, such as migration due to risk of persecution or other human rights violations; migration for economic reasons; or family-related migration. Key issues in the field include the rights and obligations of states and individuals, the legal status of various categories of migrants, and the approach of states to migration and migrants. As migration by its very nature involves the crossing of borders, international law is a fundamental component of migration law. A distinguishing feature of migration law is furthermore that it touches upon a number of different fields of law; including public international law, public law, EU law, administrative law, procedural law and labour law. As migration law is not a specific subject for doctoral studies at the Faculty of Law, the doctoral student will be admitted in the subject most adjacent for the proposed project.

Since 2012 the law faculties at Uppsala University and Lund University have been developing a joint research environment in migration law, the Lund/Uppsala Migration Law Network (L/UMIN). The doctoral student will be part of this network. Information about L/UMIN and its activities is available on the homepage


Eligibility requirements are found in Chapter 7 Sections 39-40 of the Higher Education Ordinance, the Uppsala University Admissions Regulations, UFV 2012/2057, and the supplementary regulations laid down by the Faculty of Law in the General Study Plan for Third-cycle Study Programmes, JURFAK 2016/18.

To qualify as applicant with the Faculty of Law, the applicant must either

1) in Sweden, have completed a Master of Laws degree or completed a law programme, or

2) in Sweden or abroad, have acquired knowledge equivalent to the degrees mentioned in 1). In evaluating whether the knowledge is sufficient, consideration must be given to what is required to successfully benefit from the doctoral programme in the specific subject area.

Applicants must be sufficiently proficient in Swedish or English.

The employment

Employed doctoral students must primarily devote their time to their own doctoral research. Other duties at the Department regarding teaching and administrative work may be included (no more than 20 % of the position).

A requirement for employment as a doctoral student is that the applicant must have been admitted to doctoral studies. In this respect, the applicant’s ability to successfully complete the doctoral studies will be decisive. Regulations regarding doctoral students are found in Chapter 5 Sections 1-7 of the Higher Education Ordinance. A person may be employed as a doctoral student for a total of eight years, although no longer than the equivalent of four years of doctoral studies. Local guidelines have been established for salary placement.


Your application including the below required attachments is to be electronically submitted.

Project description with a time plan, in Swedish or English (required document) The project description should include the research question(s) of the proposed research, the relationship between the research topic and the relevant area of research, research already undertaken in this field, a reflection upon material and method, a time plan, and the possible scientific value and contribution of the proposed project. The project description must comprise no more than 35,000 characters including spaces (approximately ten A4-pages).

Popular summary in Swedish or English (required document)

The project summary must include a brief popular summary in Swedish or English, no longer than 2,000 characters including spaces.

  • CV in Swedish or English (required document)
  • Grade transcripts (required document) and other certificates in Swedish or English
  • Written scientific work (electronic copy of books, articles, undergraduate essays, manuscripts, etc.)

A statement from a potential supervisor or, alternatively, a letter of recommendation or contact details for at least one reference person (e.g. university teacher or employer).

In order to be admitted, the applicant needs a statement from an associate professor or professor at the Faculty of Law in Uppsala, stating that he or she is willing to supervise the proposed project. Such a statement may, but need not, be attached to the application. During the application procedure, a statement will be obtained for prioritised project descriptions. If a statement from a potential supervisor is not attached to the application, a letter of recommendation or contact details for a reference person will be of particular importance.

You can find the application forms for admission to doctoral studies, and employment as a doctoral student, are available on our webpage.

Please note that those already admitted to doctoral studies must attach an updated individual study plan to the application for employment as a doctoral student.

Decisions on admissions are made by the Research Committee at the Faculty of Law. As part of the admission procedure and to further assess the applicants ability to successfully complete their doctoral studies, interviews, in person or by phone, may be held with a limited number of applicants, based on the applicant’s research proposal and attachments.

Application period, etc.

Applications must reach the Department of Law no later than 20 September 2016. Applications must be complete to be considered, and no supplements will be permitted after the application deadline. You are welcome to apply electronically (UFV-PA 2016/2116) by 20 September 2016.

Uppsala University aims for gender balance and diversity in all activities in order to achieve a higher quality at all levels of the organization. We therefore welcome applicants of any gender and with different birth background, functionality and life experience.

Pay: According to local agreement

Starting: By agreement.

Working hours: 100 %

You are welcome to submit your application no later than September 20 th, UFV-PA 2016/2116

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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