Ph.D. in Political Science (Sweden) Deadline: August 09, 2019

Umeå University

Application Deadline

August 09, 2019

Program Commencement

October 01, 2019

Duration of the Program

4 Years

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Program Details

The Department of Political Science at Umeå University is recruiting a Ph.D. Candidate to a position focusing on political parties in democratic challenges. Political parties are key actors in democratic states. The challenges that parties face is a topic that unites researchers within several of the department’s research profiles, which opens up many research avenues. For example, thesis projects can be designed to focus on the national, regional or municipal levels, or on parties as organizations and shapers of opinion and policy. The study of the role of political parties in unstable democracies or parties as actors who recruit and nominate candidates for political office are also possible research topics. The role and future of political parties are also central issues in the EU; thus relevant dissertation topics might address questions about how parties handle the multi-level governance at the municipal, regional, national and EU level. Employment as a doctoral student within the Ph.D. program covers four years fulltime studies but can be prolonged with a maximum one year for teaching or administrative duties.

Eligibility/ Requirements

Persons who have earned a degree at the advanced level, fulfilled course requirements for at least 240 ECTS points, of which at least 60 ECTS points are at the advanced level and at least 90 ECTS points are in peace and conflict studies or political science are eligible to apply. Persons who have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge, in Sweden or abroad, are also considered eligible to apply.


Applicants’ qualifications are assessed in terms of their ability to complete a Ph.D. dissertation and fulfill the course requirements of the Ph.D. program. The evaluation includes a review of the applicant’s previous academic performance and the quality of submitted writing samples and project plan.

The evaluation of the ability to complete the Ph.D. program also includes evaluating the applicant’s analytical skills, communicative skills (written and oral), critical skills, independence and ability to complete tasks within a given time frame. A very good command of English is a requirement.  

Knowledge of quantitative methods is a merit, especially in combination with an explicit desire to further deepen these methodological skills.

Application Process

Applications can only be submitted via the online application system Varbi. Only complete applications are considered and should include:

  • A personal letter (1-2 pages)
  • A project plan (3-5 pages) discussing potential research problem, purpose, theory and empirical cases and material.
  • CV
  • Certified transcripts of academic records and degrees
  • 1-3 writing samples in Swedish or English, e.g. B.A. and/or master thesis and academic publications
  • References or maximum of two letters of recommendation
  • Any additional qualifications

As the gender distribution in the Ph.D. program is currently uneven, we welcome male applicants for the positions.

More about the program and application details here.

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