PhD Program in Ethnic and Migration Studies, Sweden

Країна: Швеція;

Дедлайн: 31.03.2012



Scholarship / Financial aid: available but undefined

Date: up to four years' study at 100 percent scale

Open to: applicants with a degree in the humanities or the social sciences

The PhD program at the former Department for Ethnic studies is since June 2008 part of REMESO. The courses in the program gives PhD candidates insight into central dimensions of Swedish and International research on ethnicity. The courses are distinctly inter disciplinary and course work and thesis writing is thoroughly integrated throughout the education.

The PhD program is also integrated with the REMESO Graduate School in Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Students can choose elective courses from the Graduate School and ad to their PhD education, and thereby create their own profile.

LINKÖPINGS UNIVERSITET calls for applications for one position as Doctoral Student (Doktorand) in Ethnic and Migration Studies – focusing on transformations of identity and citizenship in the context of coloniality and modernity.

Placed at the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO) at the Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Campus Norrköping, Linköping University, Sweden.

The Department of Social and Welfare Studies
The Department of Social and Welfare Studies (ISV) conducts research and education at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels. The department includes the programs for Social and Cultural Analysis, Teacher Education, Nursing, Social Work and Occupational Therapy.
Research and postgraduate education within ISV are carried out primarily within the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO), the Swedish National Graduate School in Science and Technology Education Research (FontD), the National Institute for Research on Ageing and Later Life (NISAL), the University Health areas and Pedagogical Work.

The department is situated in Norrköping (Campus Norrköping).

The REMESO Institute develops a multilevel approach to the
understanding of migration, ethnicity and society, in which individual experience, local community development and civil society are related to historical transformations, with particular focus on restructurations of labour markets and economy. These research and policy concerns are viewed through the lens of ongoing debates about the changing frameworks of citizenship and welfare in contemporary society. REMESO’s research agenda includes the policy and practices of governments, public agencies, non-governmental organisations, the media, firms and trade unions, in terms of their consequences for labour migrants, asylum seekers and ethnic minorities. At the same time, these concerns are contextualised by national state transformations, the wider forces of globalisation and regional integration. REMESO's research also includes projects linking migration and ethnicity to post-colonial historical developments, education and health issues. Research at REMESO is carried out within five integrated research streams:
• Migration Welfare and the Political Economy of Labour Market Segmentation
• Globalisation and the Reconstitution of Normative and Legal Frameworks
• Post-National Strategies for Development/Growth, Inclusion and Diversity
• Citizenship and Ethnic Relations: Social, Cultural and Historical Perspectives
• Migration, Public Service and Health

Profile of position
The applicant is expected to pursue his/her doctoral work within the REMESO research stream Citizenship and Ethnic Relations: Social, Cultural and Historical Perspectives, with particular focus on transformations of ethnicity and citizenship in the context of coloniality and modernity.
The profile requires that the applicant has:
(1) an advanced degree, or the equivalent thereof, in the humanities or the social sciences;
(2) demonstrated skills in the critical analysis of society and culture;
(3) appreciation of contemporary historiographical and theoretical approaches to the formation of cultural and political identities in Europe and its empires.

The applicant should also show interest in doing historical and theoretical research on processes affecting ethnic relations, cultural identities, migration, racism and/or definitions of citizenship in a transnational context.


Appointment as a doctoral student presupposes that the applicant will be or have already been admitted to postgraduate studies. Admission to postgraduate studies requires both general entry requirements (Higher Education, chapter 7, § 39) and specific entry requirements.

General entry requirements for admission to postgraduate studies include:

1. Completion of an advanced-level degree; or
2. Completion of course requirements of at least 240 credits, including at least 60 credits at advanced level; or
3. In others ways acquired the required relevant knowledge (whether in country of residence or abroad).

A specific entry requirement for this position is completion of an independent advanced-level project, with relevance to the position, of at least 15 credits.

The position requires a high-level fluency in English. Applicants who are not Swedish-speaking should demonstrate a willingness to undertake instruction and acquire competence in Swedish. Additional language skills are considered as merits. Ability to communicate in speech and writing and demonstrated analytic skills are required.

The applicant is advised to enclose a short plan for a research project (no longer than 10 pages), which s/he wishes to develop in a planned doctoral dissertation.

The holder of the position is expected to carry out his/her studies on site at Campus Norrköping, Linköping University, and be present in REMESO’s intellectual community.

Equal opportunity

Linköping University shall continue to develop as an attractive and creative workplace characterised by equal opportunities, and therefore works actively to promote diversity and gender equality.

Terms of employment

Anyone employed as a graduate student must primarily engage in postgraduate studies. However, a student may be requested to do a limited amount of teaching, administration, and research assistance.
Such work may comprise no more than 20 percent of full working hours.
The position is located at REMESO, Linköping University, Campus Norrkoping, and is expected to begin in the autumn semester, 2012. It comprises a total of up to four years' study at 100 percent scale.
The salary for the position is decided by the Department of Social and Welfare Studies (ISV).

Further information

Professor Stefan Jonsson, phone, 011-36 36 30;

Administrator Eva Rehnholm, phone, 011-36 32 38,

HR-coordinator Malin Thunström, phone 011-36 36 01, (information about salary and terms of employment)

Director of Postgraduate Studies at REMESO Zoran Slavnic, phone 011-36 32 11,

Union representatives: Örjan Lönnevik (SACO),, phone 013-28 66 34 and

Gabriel Thott (OFR/S), ,
phone 011-36 31 71.

Application procedure
Reference Number: LiU-2011-01987
Closing date: 2012-03-31
Applications marked with the reference number should be sent to
Linköping University
SE-581 83 Linköping

All documents must be authenticated.
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
The application is preferably written in English.

The application contains the following documents:

1. Application Letter
2. CV
3. Plan for PhD thesis (maximum 10 pages)
4. Grade and certificate of qualifications (eg. qualifications, work experience)
5. Academic thesis (eg. master thesis)
6. Other publications (maximum three)
7. Completed application form in English.
All application documents and materials should be sent in two identical sets.