International Doctoral Scholarship in Political Science, Sweden 2022

Written by Michael Nz. on May 11, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    Political Science
  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    $3000 - $5000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    [email protected]
    The University Of Gothenburg Box 100 405 30 Gothenburg Sweden Main Switchboard +46 31-786 00 00

In Sweden, there are universities and institutes of higher education. There are no big differences between them, but only the universities offer postgraduate research studies.

Residence permit for studies

To study in Sweden you must have a study residence permit. To obtain permission you must have a letter of acceptance to a full-time course of study. The permit must be issued before traveling to Sweden.


To obtain a residence permit for studies, you must

  • have a valid passport
  • have a letter of acceptance for a full-time course of study
  • have sufficient funds to support themselves during the requested period
  • have valid health insurance for Sweden

Permit or work

To work in Sweden you must have a work permit. To get a work permit you need to have been offered a job first. The work permit process must be ready when you travel to Sweden.

The Department of Political Science is currently seeking qualified and motivated individuals for up to three doctoral student positions (Ph.D. students) in Political Science.


To obtain the work permit

  • you must have a valid passport
  • you must have been offered a job with working conditions that are at least on the same level as those laid down in Swedish collective agreements or what is customary for the profession or industry
  • you must have been offered a salary that is at least the same as that laid down in Swedish collective agreements or what is customary in the profession or industry
  • they have to offer him a job that allows him to support himself by his own means. To meet this requirement, your work must be of such an extent that the gross salary is at least SEK 13,000 per month.
  • The company that wants to hire you must have the intention of signing health, life, job security, and supplementary pension insurance for your benefit when you start working.

The objective of doctoral scholarships (Ph.D.) is for the doctoral student (Ph.D.) to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to carry out research autonomously within Political Science and contribute to the development of knowledge within the discipline through the production of an academic thesis.

The University of Gothenburg is a university in Sweden’s second-largest city, Gothenburg.
The university is the third oldest of today’s Swedish universities and with 37,000 students and 6000 staff members, it is one of the largest universities in the Nordic countries.

Scholarship Eligibility:

  • Eligible Countries: International applicants are eligible to apply for the scholarship.
  • Entry Requirements: Applicants must have an advanced level degree (Master’s level or equivalent).
  • English Language Requirements: Applicants must be fluent in English.

Scholarship Description:

  • Application Deadline:  February
  • Course Level: Scholarships are available to pursue the Ph.D. program.
  • Study Subject: The scholarships are awarded in the field of political science.
  • Scholarship Award: The position is limited to 4 years duration and is held full time unless there are special reasons to the contrary (although never less than 50%). The position may include department duties, such as teaching, corresponding to up to 20% of a full-time post during the course of study. If such tasks are carried out, the duration of the appointment will be extended accordingly.
  • Nationality: International applicants are eligible to apply for the scholarship.
  • A number of scholarships: Up to three doctoral scholarship positions are available.
  • Scholarships can be taken in Sweden

Application procedure:

  • Applicants can apply through the online mode.

How to apply:

  • Please register your application electronically under ‘online application’. For the application to be considered complete it must include:
  • An introductory letter of 1,000 words maximum (approx. 2 pages), preferably shorter. The letter should consist of four paragraphs in the following order: a) a brief introduction of yourself. b) a brief presentation of your merits, c) a brief presentation of the intended research project and d) a brief explanation of why you are interested in the Department of Political Science and/or the doctoral study program.
  • CV including a list of publications (if applicable).
  • A writing sample. Normally, this would be a master’s thesis, but it could also be a revised version of the thesis, another article, a chapter of an article or book, or equivalent work. Texts must be submitted in Swedish or English. Any translated version must be accompanied by the original text and translated in its entirety.
  • A description of the intended research project indicating the applicant’s research interests and the planned area of ​​focus of their dissertation and research. The project description should demonstrate familiarity with past and current research, as well as the ability to formulate scientific problems. Maximum of 2,500 words (approx. 6 pages) including abstract, excluding bibliography. More instructions for the description can be found here.
  • Verified copies of academic transcripts and evidence of other relevant qualifications, if applicable.
  • Two letters of recommendation (Note: letters of recommendation must be signed and sent directly to the Department by the letter writers). Instructions on the form and content of letters of recommendation can be found here.
  • It is up to the applicant to ensure that the application is complete. Changes/additions are not allowed after the last date of application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • All electronic documents must be submitted in PDF format.

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