PhD Scholarship in Bilingualism at Stockholm University

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in linguistics at Stockholm University, Sweden. The funding allows successful candidate to work for four years. Applications are welcome before October 15, 2018.

The Centre for Research on Bilingualism was formed in 1988 and provides a broad base of theoretical and practical research with the aim of increasing understanding and awareness of bilingualism. The Centre is a cross-linguistic and interdisciplinary unit within the Faculty of Humanities Language Sciences section at Stockholm University. Research at the Centre forms a significant part of Stockholm University's leading research area Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition. Research areas include bilingualism and second language acquisition, language processing and the bilingual brain, multilingualism and diversity, bilingualism in the family, bilingual education, Swedish as a second language for children and adults, young people's languages and language use in multilingual contexts, second and foreign language teaching, L1 attrition and reactivation in bilinguals, language maintenance and language shift, language ideology, language policy, and multilingualism and education in developing countries. In sum, the Centre's research covers the sociolinguistic, pragmatic, structural, psycholinguistic, cognitive and neurolinguistic aspects of bilingualism.

Please note that doctoral program in bilingualism includes mandatory courses, that together cover a wide range of areas in bilingualism research (including courses that fall outside the student's own specialization), as well as elective specialization courses. More information here:

As a PhD student at the Faculty of Humanities, you have the opportunity to participate in the Faculty's Doctoral School, which offers themes and courses characterized by interdisciplinarity and cooperation across subject borders. The Doctoral School also gives you the chance to improve the quality of your education thanks to the interchange provided by the community of PhD students from other subjects and departments.

Project description

The Centre for Research on Bilingualism announces 1 place in the PhD program in Bilingualism, with a specialization toward the sociolinguistics of multilingualism and diversity. We welcome especially applications where the research proposal falls within he field of transnational multilingualism and is framed as a Linguistic Ethnography (although these are not requirements).

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 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 applicant must have completed at least 30 ECTS within second-cycle courses with a specific focus on bilingualism, second language acquisition, translation or interpreting studies, linguistics, another linguistic field or non-linguistic field using a linguistic approach, including a thesis of at least 15 credits.

National or international students must be able to show equivalent qualifications.

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


The primary assessment criteria in appointing a doctoral student should be the capacity to benefit from the training. The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on the following criteria. The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on the following criteria:

1. Education. Assessment of both depth and breadth of previous education.

2. Scientific production. The assessment should also take into consideration the aspect of time, that is, to what extent the applicant has shown the ability to meet his or her previous scientific obligations within given time constraints. In addition, the scientific progress of the applicant is considered. Based on a Bachelor's thesis, a Master's thesis or other academic papers, the ability of the applicant to benefit from the education is considered according to critical ability, analytical ability, creativity and independence.

3. Research plan. The applicant should enclose a research plan, which should cover the research problem and an outline of the research project. The research plan is assessed according to relevance, originality and completion within given time constraints (that is full-time work during a four-year period of doctoral studies).

4. Ability to collaborate. The ability of the applicant to be collaborative is determined by personal references, certificates or interviews.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at:

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.


For more information, please contact Professor/Director Niclas Abrahamsson, telephone: +46 8 16 39 19, or the Director of PhD Studies Jos Alemn Ban, telephone: +46 8 16 34 73,


Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the "Apply" button. 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

and, in addition, please include the following documents:
- CV - degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
- A research proposal which gives a brief outline of the planned research. This should be about 5-7 A4 pages, single-spaced (about 10,000-15,000 characters including spaces). The proposal should include a motivation, demarcation of the study, state-of-the-art literature review, purpose, and methodological and theoretical underpinnings.
- Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
- Letters of recommendation (no more than 6 files)
- Degree projects/theses (no more than 6 files).


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