PhD Scholarship in Political Science with Orientation Towards Comparative European Politics

Stockholm University has an opening PhD position in international relations. The initial contract for this position is 4 years. Applications are welcome before September 15, 2019.

The Department of Political Science is a dynamic and strong education- and research department at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Stockholm University. The Department aims to be nationally leading and internationally prominent within its field of research and education.

The Departmentannounces one vacant position in the doctoral program with an orientation towards Comparative European Politics. The PhD position is fully funded for 4 years and positioned at the Department of Political Science. Planned entry date is November 1, 2019.

Project description

The PhD position will be part of a research project National independence and European integration: Scotland's and Catalonia's democratic challenges to the political order in the European Union. The project addresses a central, yet often overlooked, question in the study of European integration and democratic governance in the EU: what explains the support for national independence of non-sovereign regions in EU member states? By focusing on how visions of national independence are linked discursively and in practice to notions of European integration and democracy in a comparative case study of pro-independence political and societal actors in Catalonia and Scotland - the two most salient cases in the EU at present - the project seeks to provide an original and timely contribution to the research agenda on the challenges to and possible renewal of democratic governance in contemporary Europe. The project is conducted in collaboration with the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

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 at least 60 creditsmust be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

Understanding Swedish is not a requirement at the time of admission. The applicant should, however, be prepared within a couple of years to carry out teaching and administrative tasks that require knowledge and usage of the Swedish language.

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


The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity: The ideal candidate should have an interest in European politics, and especially the European Union. We seek candidates with competence within the areas of EU studies, comparative politics, and international relations. We are particularly interested in candidates with a background in and familiar with qualitative methods, case studies, comparative analysis. Training in quantitative methods, e.g. content analysis, is also of interest since the project seeks to employ a mixed-method approach. Language skills in Spanish and Catalan is considered to be a merit but it is not a requirement.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: and regulations.

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 or details concerning the application procedure, please contact Application Administrator Christian Antoni Mllerop, telephone: +46 8 16 30 94,, and Associate Professor Niklas Bremberg,


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.

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