Fully Funded PhD Program in Literature, Umeå University, Sweden

Expires on: 03/10/2024


Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest higher education institutions with over 37,000 students and about 4,700 employees. The University offers a diversity of high-quality education and world-leading research in several fields. Notably, the groundbreaking discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool, which was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was made here. At Umeå University, everything is close. Our cohesive campuses make it easy to meet, work together and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture.

The ongoing societal transformation and large green investments in northern Sweden create enormous opportunities and complex challenges. For Umeå University, conducting research about – and in the middle of – a society in transition is key. We also take pride in delivering education to enable regions to expand quickly and sustainably. In fact, the future is made here

The Department of Language Studies invites applications for the doctoral training programme in English, French, Russian or Spanish Literature. The Department of Language Studies is a creative and dynamic department offering inspiring education based on a academic foundation and pioneering research within a wide range of subjects.

The department provides education and conducts research in linguistics, Scandinavian languages, modern languages and literatures (English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish), Sami (language and culture), language didactics, and educational work with focus on language and learning.  Welcome to a place where language and literature become sources of both intellectual pleasure and practical benefit!


To be admitted to studies at the third-cycle level, i.e. doctoral education, the applicant must meet both general and specific eligibility requirements. General requirements: a Master’s or equivalent degree in a relevant field, having completed course requirements worth at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits must be at second-cycle (Master’s) level, or in some other way – either in Sweden or abroad – having acquired equivalent knowledge.


An application must contain:

  • A degree certificate, transcript from the Ladok student registry, and/or equivalent attested copies of your academic transcripts proving that general and specific entry requirements are met.
  •  Curriculum vitae, including name and contact information of two reference persons.
  • Copies of relevant Bachelor’s and Master’s theses and other relevant publications.
  • A letter that states your motivation for undertaking doctoral studies, and that specifies what expertise at the department is needed for carrying out your research.
  • Research plan – should normally not exceed 30,000 characters including spaces – that contains a description of the proposed:
  1. purpose and research problem;
  2. previous research;
  3. Implementation, that is, method, material and theory;
  4.  relevance; and
  5. Time plan.

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