The Research Committee of the Faculty of Law will handle the applications and decide on admission.Information about approvals will be announced by the turn of May/June. The programme starts on September 1st.

Below is some practical advice on how to prepare the application for research studies. This advice is no guarantee to be approved, but it secures a correct assessment of the application.

Candidates with foreign diplomas should ensure that they meet the requirement for special eligibility.

In order to satisfy the special qualification requirements, the student may have to pass exams in subjects selected by the prospective supervisor and the Research Committee.
In connection to the admission to doctoral studies, the Research Committee appoints a supervisor and an associate supervisor.

One of the supervisors should be a member of the Faculty unless special circumstances lead the Research Committee to decide otherwise. If for some reason, the supervisor cannot perform the supervisory duties, the Research Committee shall, if possible, appoint a successor. If it is impossible to find a successor within the Faculty, an external supervisor can be appointed.

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Project Description

When considering applications, the Research Committee attaches substantial weight to the project description that the candidates submit with their application. Candidates should therefore pay particular attention to the careful formulation of their research questions in their project description.


THE ADMISSION to the Research Program occurs once a year – the FINAL APPLICATION DATE IS MARCH 1st. If that is a Saturday or a public holiday, the closest following business day is applicable.  Thereafter, the application is processed by the Research Committee that decides on admission.

The Research Committee accepts as many candidates as can be employed as doctoral students at the Department of Law. The number of employed doctoral students varies according to the budget situation. Candidates who hold sufficiently high standard but are not offered a doctoral employment can nonetheless be accepted to the LL.D program on the condition that the candidate confirms that there is an acceptable external financing to the department, a so-called Conditionally admission. The candidate has until the next admission period to confirm that an acceptable external financing exists. The project description must be identical to that which was submitted in March.

For correct consideration, it is important that your application is complete, and that the documentation contains correct and relevant information. A list of the documents to be enclosed can be found below. There is no template for the project description to be submitted, since the project description will indicate the applicants’ ability to formulate legal presentations of problems.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.

The Application

Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

In addition , please include the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Research proposal describing the intended project – including research question, theoretical framework, method and material, how the project is intended to be conducted and a literature review that indicates the scientific added value of the intended project
  • Copies of degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Written examples by the applicant

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.