Karlstad University

Doctoral student in History

2024-08-15 (Europe/Stockholm)
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The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is accepting applications for a doctoral studentship leading to a Degree of Licentiate in History at the Department of Political, Historical, Religious and Cultural Studies.

In addition to History, the department also includes Cultural Studies, Religious Studies, Civics, Risk and Environmental Studies, and Political Science. The subject of History offers courses and programmes at undergraduate, master’s and doctoral level. We also offer courses in archival science, and the subject plays an important role in the university’s teacher education programmes.

We are now looking for another doctoral student to join our subject, finishing with a Degree of Licentiate.

You will be part of a group of researchers and supervisors who are active within, for example, social and political history, cultural and gender history, history of education, and subject-specific education in history. We have collaborations with Linköping University. During your time as a doctoral student at Karlstad University, you will have the opportunity to take courses at other universities as well.

The licentiate project will be linked to the university’s focus on education and research connected to preparedness and psychological defence. The project will focus on issues concerning preparedness and total defence in a broad sense, particularly during the latter part of the 20th century in Sweden. You need to formulate a research plan based on historical perspectives and methods and address areas connected to preparedness and total defence. This can include areas relating to:

  • Local, regional and national aspects of civil defence, psychological defence and economic defence
  • Social, cultural or economic perspectives on the various branches of total defence
  • Voluntary defence organisations
  • School and defence



As a doctoral student, you will primarily dedicate time to your own studies. The doctoral programme, comprising 120 credits for a Degree of Licentiate, is an opportunity to study while being paid a salary in combination with work and provides a stepping stone for a career in academia. Licentiate students are expected to work independently and be prepared to contribute to the activities and development of the subject and the department. Teaching and administrative duties may also be included upon agreement, but will not constitute more than 20% of full-time. Work as a licentiate student allows for great freedom and flexibility in terms of how you structure your day. To contribute to a positive work environment and further the department’s activities, we expect you to be a present and active part of the day-to-day operations and workplace community.

Qualification requirements

To be eligible for a doctoral studentship, applicants must meet the general and specific entry requirements (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 7, Sect. 35).

To meet the general entry requirements, applicants must have been awarded a second-cycle qualification, satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 7, Sect. 39).

To meet the specific entry requirements for doctoral studies in History, the applicant must have been awarded a second-cycle qualification with a major in History (or equivalent in History of Ideas or Economic History) and completed courses in History totalling at least 120 credits, of which 30 credits are earned at master’s level and include a degree project of at least 15 credits. An applicant can also meet the specific entry requirements by in some other way having acquired equivalent prerequisite knowledge, in the Sweden or abroad.


Admission and assessment criteria

To be eligible for doctoral studies, the applicant must be considered to have the ability required to benefit from the programme (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 7, Sect. 35). Admission is based on individual assessment. The language of instruction is primarily Swedish.

Special weight will be given to

  • Results in previous studies, the quality of the independent projects completed during these studies.

Considerable weight will be given to

  • The focus and quality of the research plan.

Weight will be given to

  • Proficiency in Swedish.
  • Ability to take initiative and work autonomously.
  • Collaborative skills.

To benefit from the programme in the best possible way and to contribute to the development of the research environment, we expect you to be present in the workplace to a large extent.

We welcome applications that relate to the research area of preparedness and total defence (described above), but may prioritise applicants who match the subject’s research specialisations and available supervisor expertise.

More information about the doctoral programme



Upon admission to doctoral studies, the person will be offered the appointment of doctoral student (Higher Education Ordinance, Chap. 5, Sect. 3). The position comprises two years of full-time studies, or two and a half years at a study rate of 80% and 20% teaching or other departmental duties. The position is fixed-term — one year initially, followed by possible extensions by a maximum of two years at a time. Start date by agreement.

The salary for the doctoral studentship corresponds to the standard level of salary for doctoral students and progresses in accordance with a local collective agreement. The start date is 15 October 2024 unless otherwise agreed by both parties.


Submit the application via the University’s web-based recruitment tool, Varbi.

Applicants are responsible for submitting a complete application in accordance with the advertisement, for providing translations of any documents written in a language other than Swedish, Norwegian, Danish or English, and for ensuring that the documentation allows for objective and qualitative assessments.  A complete application should be submitted by the application deadline. An incomplete application may jeopardise a fair assessment of qualifications.

 The application should include:

  • a cover letter where the applicant briefly describes themselves and their research interests
  • a list of qualifications (CV)
  • degree certificate with a complete transcript of the courses included, or a certified list of completed courses with grades and dates
  • copy of master’s thesis or equivalent
  • where applicable, copies of publications or certificates for other qualifications
  • a research plan, minimum 5 pages, no more than 7 pages. Research plans in Swedish must also include an English summary of approximately 500 words
  • any letters of recommendation
  • two references, such as a teacher, supervisor, or previous or current superior.

Attach all the documents and publications you wish to be considered to the electronic application (do not just provide links). Name each uploaded document to clearly indicate its content.

Documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to the following address:

Karlstads universitet

Application deadline: 2024-05-21

State the reference number: REK 2024/133

Applicants with qualifications from abroad

If you have qualifications from a university outside Sweden or if they have not been recognised by a Swedish authority before, it is important that you attach degree certificates and official transcripts to facilitate the recognition of foreign qualifications.

Provide a contact for the degree-awarding institution (phone number or email) who can verify your qualifications.


We look forward to your application!

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HR Excellence in Research
Karlstad University received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research award September 2020. The award is issued to employers with a stimulating work environment and good conditions for researchers and its continuous improvement. The award also conveys the university’s commitment to fair and transparent recruitment as well as favorable professional development for researchers. Read more: kau.se/hrs4r

Type of employment: Temporary position
Contract type: Full time
First day of employment: Efter antagning sommar 2024
Salary: Månadslön
Number of positions: 1
Full-time equivalent: Heltid
City: Karlstad
County: Värmlands län
Country: Sweden
Reference number: REK2024/133
  1. Johan Samuelsson, Director of Studies, +46(0)761127374
  2. Martin Stolare, Head of Subject, +46(0)547001428
Union representative:
  1. Thomas Bragefors, SACO, +46(0)54-7001714
  2. Denita Gustavsson, OFR, +46(0)54-7001434
Published: 2024-06-14
Last application date: 2024-08-15

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Doctoral student in History
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