PhD Scholarships in Fashion Studies at Stockholm University

A fully-funded PhD fellowship in humanities is available at Stockholm University. This position is available for four years. Applications are welcome before October 15, 2018.

The Department of Media Studies (IMS) is one of the larger departments within the Faculty of Humanities with more than 90 employees and 850 full-time students. The department has four undergraduate and graduate subject areas: Cinema Studies, Fashion Studies, Journalism and Media & Communication Studies. These are divided into three divisions: Film; Journalism and Media & Communication (JMK); and Fashion. For more information about areas of research and studies see

Project description

Fashion Studies is both aesthetically and materially oriented research field. The aesthetic dimension of the fashion concept focuses on the cultural implications of clothing such as visual and written representations of fashion and its meaning, style and the role and development of luxury through time. The material aspect of fashion maintains, on the other hand that textiles, clothes and accessories are also goods sold on a market. Currently, Fashion Studies covers research and teaching areas such as fashion history, fashion and gender, fashion as an industry, fashion representations, consumer culture theory, marketing and not least fashion practices and social identity.

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 general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of Fashion Studies stipulates that applicants must have received a passing grade on course work of at least 30 higher education credits from the second cycle in Fashion Studies, including a degree project (normally a Master's thesis) of at least 15 credits.

In addition, the applicant is required to be proficient in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish or English. This includes the ability to read, speak, and write in these languages.

The entry requirements can also be met by students who have acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

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


The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The selection is made by an admissions committee.

The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity:

1. Previous education in general. Assessment of both depth and breadth of previous education.

2. Scholarly production. Based on a Bachelor's thesis, a Master's thesis or other academic papers, the potential of the applicant to benefit from the education. 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 scholarly obligations within given time constraints. In addition, the extent to which the applicant provides evidence of developing academic proficiency is considered. The scholarly production is judged with regard to critical and analytical ability, independence and creativity.

3. The applicant must enclose a research plan which should cover the research problem and an outline of the research project. The research plan is to be assessed according to it relevance, originality and feasibility within given time constraints (that is full-time work during a four-year period of doctoral studies or two years for a licentiate).

5. Ability to collaborate. The ability of the applicant to collaborate with others is to be 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 the Head of the Department, Professor John Sundholm, telephone: +46 8 16 44 05,

Further information about the position can be obtained from the Director of Doctoral Studies, Professor Klas Nyberg, telephone: +46 8 16 49 57,


Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University’s recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the 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
- Research proposal (max. 3 pages) describing:

- why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement

- why and how you wish to complete the project

- what makes you suitable for the dissertation project
- 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/Master theses (no more than 6 files).

You are welcome to apply


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