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 representative democracy. This Ph.D. position is part of one of the department’s five research profiles: Representative democracy and its challenges. The researchers within this profile focus on central representative institutions and actors in Sweden and Europe. One key issue is: How does representative democracy at the national and European levels meet the challenges of our time? The research profile offers many possible avenues of research. For example, thesis projects might focus on elections and the competition for government power at the national level. Critical issues for democracy in Sweden and the European Union (EU) is another possible focus, including aspects of parliamentary democracy and constitutional issues at both the national and European 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.

Requirements

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.

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