Ph.D. in Political Science (Sweden) Deadline: May 20, 2019

Umeå University

Application Deadline

May 20, 2019

Program Commencement

August 12, 2019

Duration of the Program

4 Years

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Program Details

The Department of Political Science, the Umeå University Industrial Doctoral School (IDS), in collaboration with two non-profit organizations: Interact Asia and ERIKS development partner is recruiting a Ph.D. Candidate to a position focusing on human trafficking in Asia. The aim of the project is to explore local perceptions and experiences of human trafficking in Asia, thereby advancing knowledge about the local dynamics of human trafficking. This knowledge is important to push the research field forward, but also to more effectively prevent and reduce human trafficking. The affiliation with two organizations engaged in anti-trafficking work will give the Ph.D. candidate unique opportunities to access and collect local data, enabling the project to analyze how anti-trafficking efforts are received locally, whether they are successful, and why.

The IDS is a multidisciplinary research school where the projects are based on collaborations between Umeå University and external organizations. The Ph.D. students in IDS form an interdisciplinary group that, in addition to each scientific specialization, is given a tailor-made course package providing a solid basis for future work within research and development. A Ph.D. position in IDS also includes a three-month internship at the external organizations for each doctoral student. 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

Eligible to apply is anyone who has obtained a degree at advanced/masters level, fulfilled course requirements for at least 240 ECTS points, of which at least 60 ECTS points at an advanced level and at least 90 ECTS points in peace and conflict studies or political science. Anyone who has otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or abroad is also considered eligible to apply and to be evaluated for the position. This can include candidates with advanced degrees in other relevant disciplines than peace and conflict studies or political science.

The applicants’ qualifications are assessed based on the ability to author a Ph.D. dissertation and fulfill the courses of the Ph.D. program; records of previous study results and the quality of the submitted writing samples and project plan.

The ability to complete the Ph.D. program includes the applicant’s analytical skills, communicative skills (written and oral), critical skills, independence and ability to complete tasks within a given time frame. Very good command of English is a requirement. In addition, previous experience of multi-stakeholder collaborations and projects, suitability for the specific project, and documented ability to work in teams as well as individually are merits that will be taken into account. 

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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