Three Doctoral Studentship in Peace and Development Research, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Publish Date: Dec 10, 2015

Deadline: Feb 01, 2016

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 4 years
Extent: 100 %
Location: School of Global Studies, Gothenburg
First day of employment: 1 September 2016
Reference number: UR 2015/1096

Peace and Development Research at the University of Gothenburg is a leading site of interdisciplinary and action-oriented enquiry. The 50 researchers in the subject group take a broad range of approaches to peace and development, including but not limited to conflict research, critical security studies, gender analysis, human rights, global political economy, regional studies, and resistance studies. While proposals in any of these areas are welcome, for the 2016 studentships we are particularly interested to recruit researchers with interests in questions of development and/or global political economy.

Job assignments


The aim of doctoral studies is to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct autonomous research within the field of peace and development. The studentship culminates in the production of dissertation which makes a significant original contribution to knowledge. The acquired knowledge and skills should be further applicable in postdoctoral research or other professional work.

The doctoral studentships begin September 2016 and cover four years (full-time equivalent, fixed term). The position holder may undertake departmental duties corresponding to up to 20% of full-time. In this case, the duration of the appointment will be extended accordingly. The studentships cover tuition costs plus salary as an employee of the University of Gothenburg.


To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet both general and specific entry requirements.
An applicant meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he/she has obtained (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.39):

1.a degree at the second-cycle level, least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 must be at the second-cycle level, or
3.largely equivalent knowledge in other ways in Sweden or abroad.

Applicants who fulfilled the general entry requirements for postgraduate studies prior to 1 July 2007 shall be considered to fulfil the general entry requirements for postgraduate studies also after this date and until the end of 2015.

An applicant meets the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies if he/she has obtained (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.40): 60 higher education credits in the fields of international relations, global development studies, or competence that can be considered equivalent.

Applicants who have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad will also be considered to meet the specific entry requirements.


According to the Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, applicants will be assessed based on their estimated ability to benefit from the study programmes and on the Department?s supervisory resources. To this end, applicants must submit the following documents with their application:

1.papers, degree projects and other relevant works, which will be assessed in terms of ability to formulate, delimit and analyse research tasks and present research results.

2.a project draft stating the applicant?s research interest(s) and planned focus area of his/her doctoral thesis. In addition, the project draft must demonstrate familiarity with previous and current research as well as an ability to formulate scientific problems. Maximum 2000 words.

3.The selection process may include interviews.

Admission to third-cycle studies may also be granted within a framework where the University of Gothenburg does not serve as employer (external position, so-called samverkansdoktorand). The assessment process for these applicants is the same as for other applicants. A special agreement will be developed in these cases.

The Head of Department is in charge of all admission decisions at the third-cycle level. Decision cannot be appealed.

Additional information

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Closing date

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Appointment Procedure

Closing date: 1 February 2016

Please register your application electronically under ‘Apply online’. The application must include:

1) A Master’s thesis and any other relevant papers or publications. The texts must be submitted in Swedish or English. Any translated versions must be accompanied by the original text.
2) A project draft indicating the applicant’s research interests and planned focus area of dissertation work. The project draft must demonstrate familiarity with previous and current research as well as an ability to formulate scientific problems. Maximum 2000 words.
3) Copies of academic transcripts verifying that the general and specific entry requirements stated above have been met. Evidence of other relevant qualifications.

Scholarly publications etc. that arenot available electronically shall be submitted:

University of Gothenburg
School of Global Studies
Att. Gunilla Blomqvist
PO Box 700
405 30 Gothenburg

Reference number should be clearly stated when sending complementary documents.

The University of Gothenburg promotes equal opportunities, equality and diversity.

Applications will be destroyed or returned (upon request) two years after the decision of employment has become final. Applications from the employed and from those who appeal the decision will not be returned.

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