This announcement is for two PhD-positions which are part of the national Graduate School in Adult Learning – a collaboration between Linköping University (host), Jönköping University, and Stockholm University.
The Department of Education is one of the largest departments at Stockholm University within the Faculty of Social Sciences. Education is an academic discipline in which formal and non-formal education, development, and learning are studied in relation to cultural and societal contexts. The Department conducts research in different areas, which are presented on the Research Groups at the Department of Education page.
During autumn 2021, the Graduate School for Adult Learning will accept a total of 9 doctoral students into Sweden’s three foremost adult pedagogical research environments. As each university will announce doctoral student positions at slightly different times, keep an eye out for announcements on each university’s website! The aim of the graduate school is to develop both national and international research on adult learning and thus strengthen the research connection in this area within teacher education. The graduate school will contribute to knowledge about adult learning in relation to the municipal adult education (komvux), folk high school, and higher vocational education, as well as with research-based practical knowledge of teachers’ didactic methods within these contexts.
The doctoral positions will begin February 1st, 2022. Within the framework of adult learning, a wide range of topics are included, such as, learning that takes place during different stages of adult life; organizational, institutional and didactical issues in relation to municipal adult education, folk high school and folkbildning more broadly. Questions about adults’ participation in education; social inclusion and exclusion of different groups in both formal, non-formal and informal learning contexts; the transition between education, working and social life; and questions concerning employability are also included. Further information about the graduate school’s focus and activities can be found on the graduate school’s website: liu.se/forskning/forskarskola-i-vuxnas-larande.
The courses specific to the graduate school will be held in Swedish.
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 Education stipulates that applicants must have:
- completed courses equivalent to at least 90 Swedish higher education credits and a thesis of at least 15 credits in one of the following subject areas: education, international and comparative education, didactics, subject specific didactics, child and youth studies, special education, pedagogical work; or a teaching degree equivalent to at least 180 Swedish higher education credits, including a thesis of at least 15 credits; or a Bachelor of Arts in Study and Career Guidance, including a thesis of at least 15 credits; or completed courses equivalent to at least 90 Swedish higher education credits in a relevant subject within the Social Sciences or Humanities, including a thesis of at least 15 credits. The thesis should, in every case, address a relevant problem related to educational issues, theories, and methods.
- English language proficiency, which will be tested during the admissions
The General and Special Admissions Criteria must be fulfilled by the closing date of the admissions round.
The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training during 48 months (equivalent to four years full-time). Special attention will be given to results from previous studies, documented in the form of one independent research project on the Master’s level. The thesis must be written originally in either English or Swedish (or an official translation into one of these language). The applicant may also submit one published peer reviewed article.
The applicant should present their research plan in relation to the aim of the graduate school outlined above. In the research plan, the applicant should develop a well-supported research question and argue in favour of possible choices concerning theory and methods for the study. Along with previous academic paper/s, this research plan provides the basis for assessing the applicant’s capacity to benefit from the training.
The quality of the submitted research plan will be a major factor in the selection and ranking of applications done by the faculty members at the Department of Education. The assessment will be performed anonymously, i.e. the faculty members do not have access to the identity of the applicant. The selection criteria are based upon the:
- Stringency of the research question and analysis of earlier work and of the research plan
- Familiarity with the research area of the intended research plan
- Methodological and theoretical understanding and the degree to which reflexivity is reached in the texts
- The qualities of planned research in relation to what it contributes to the discipline
- The intended study’s prospective ethical implications and possibility of an ethical review
- Ability to express themselves both written and verbally in an academic setting
- The planned study’s feasibility within the allotted time.
References will be checked and short-listed candidates will be interviewed – the interviews will be held in Swedish and followed up by a short written assignment to be conducted in English.
Admission regulations at Stockholm University are available at www.su.se/rules and regulations.
The guidelines for application at the Department of Education are available at: www.edu.su.se/english/research/phd-programme-in-education.
Terms of employment
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. Please note that doctoral studies are only offered on campus (not through distance learning).
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 our director of PhD studies, Matilda Wiklund, telephone: +46 8 1207 62 33, firstname.lastname@example.org, or the PhD-administration, email@example.com.
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, firstname.lastname@example.org, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org (SEKO), and PhD student representative, email@example.com.
Apply for the 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 job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.
Please include the following information with your application
- Your contact details and personal data
- Your highest degree
- Your language proficiency in Academic English
- Contact details for 2–3 references
and, in addition, please include the following documents
- A cover letter in which you present yourself and why you are interested in the graduate school
- CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses and optional peer-reviewed article
- Research proposal (no more than 5 pages excluding references) describing:
- the research question you will examine/investigate and which scientific method/s will be used
- how your planned study relates to one or more research groups at the department www.edu.su.se/english/research/research-groups
- the relevance of the project in relation to the research field, and the planned theoretical perspective/s
- briefly point out the research objectives in relation to a systematic research summary
- Certified degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
- Degree project/thesis (no more than 1 file) written, originally, in either English or Swedish (or an official translation into either language). You may submit a peer-reviewed article (no more than 1 file).
The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.
We welcome your application!