PhD Scholarship in Economic History with A Focus on Historical Migration

Lund University, Sweden is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a PhD position in development economics. Candidates are welcome before June 16, 2019.

Lund University School of Economics and Management is one of eight faculties within Lund University. More than 4 000 students and 450 researchers, teachers and other staff are engaged here in training and research in economic history, business administration, business law, informatics, economics, statistics and research policy.

The Department of Economic History is a research-intensive department that employs about 100 people: researchers, teachers, technical/administrative staff, and Ph.D. candidates. The department has a large PhD programme and co-ordinates three international Master programmes. The Department has a well established reputation for wide-ranging research with an emphasis on long-term processes, and with economic theory and quantitative methods as important methodological tools. Strong research areas at the department include economic growth and structural change, innovation, energy and sustainability, development economics, and economic demography, as well as financial history and education and the labour market. More information is available at the Department's website:

Doctoral student in Economic History with a focus on historical migration

The PhD position is linked to the research project Swedes in America: Migrant Selection, Integration and Returns in the Age of Mass Migration, funded by Handelsbankens forskningsstiftelser. Between 1850 and 1930 more than 30 million people left Europe for North America, with a majority ending up in the United States. Sweden was one of the most important sending countries. In total, out of a population of about 5 million, 1.1 million Swedes left for the U.S. Even if much research has been devoted to the mass migration, there is a lack of studies looking at migration as a long-term process, where migration can affect people over several generations. Using new and unique linked data from censuses in Sweden and the US, this project aims at analysing who moved and how the migrants and their descendants fared in the US labor market. The analyses are based on quantitative methods in collaboration with researchers at the Minnesota Population Center in the US. We are interested in applicants with a strong commitment and interest in historical migration patterns from an economic perspective, and documented knowledge of quantitative analysis and programming.

Those appointed to doctoral studentship shall primarily devote themselves to their studies, aimed to result in a doctoral degree. Work carried out during the studentship consists of participation in research projects as well as successful participation in postgraduate (third-cycle) courses. Those appointed to doctoral studentships may also work, to a limited extent, with educational tasks and administration at the Department of Economic history. However, duties of this kind may not comprise of more than 20 per cent of a full time post.

Specific admission requirements for doctoral studies in each subject are specified in the relevant general syllabus, available at

A proficient level of English is required in both written and oral communication.

Admittance of a doctoral student is based on an assessment of the candidate's ability to benefit from third-cycle studies.

The applicant's ability to benefit from third-cycle studies and research will be assessed with reference to the selection criteria stated in the relevant general syllabus for third-cycle studies, available at

Only those admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes at a higher education may be appointed to doctoral student.

For regulations concerning employment of doctoral students etc, see the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, Sections 1-7.

For regulations concerning admission to third-cycle courses and study programs, see the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5, Sections 34-41.

Please use Lund University job application portal when applying:

The application must be written in English.

The applicant is encouraged to name a maximum of two teachers or researchers who can give recommendation letters, but we do not consider recommendation letters with the application.

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and asset.

We kindly ask staffing companies and companies dealing with job advertising to refrain from contacting us, as we are bound by contracts within the Governmental system.

The English version of this announcement is an interpretation of national formalities expressed in the Swedish text. In case of uncertainties, the Swedish text applies.


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