Uppsala University, Department of History

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our mission is to pursue top-quality research and education and to interact constructively with society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has 46.000 students, 7.300 employees and a turnover of SEK 7.3 billion.

The Department of History is a dynamic research environment, with a particular emphasis on early modern history, gender history, global history, digital humanities, history of racism, antisemitism and the Holocaust; see http://www.hist.uu.se. The department has some 80 teachers and researchers, and 800 students. The department also includes the Hugo Valentin Centre.

Duties: The department now announces one fully funded PhD position within a theme of the applicant’s choice.

Successful candidates will pursue their doctoral studies full-time in Uppsala and are expected to participate actively in weekly seminars and workshops, etc. at the department and within the research programme.

The position is a 4-year full-time employment (starting salary is currently 27 300 SEK/month) which qualifies for all Swedish social benefits, such as paid parental leave. The position might also entail teaching and other assignments up to 20% of the full-time position (extending the position proportionally).

The history departments at Uppsala University and Stockholm University collaborate closely, and the PhD programme is to a high degree jointly taught. Consequently, the admittance process is coordinated and representatives of both universities (and one external member) take part in the selection process. An applicant who wants to be considered for positions at both universities must, however, submit an application to both universities. Applicants are encouraged to avail themselves of the information concerning the PhD programme on the departments’ websites.


Requirements: To be eligible the applicant must have a Master’s Degree in the humanities or social sciences relevant to research in history. We encourage applicants from all countries to apply. Seminars are in both Swedish and English and the dissertation can be written in either language. Some compulsory courses are given in Swedish.

Please note that admission to a PhD programme at Uppsala University is highly competitive and that a completed Master’s Degree at the time of application is a prerequisite.

Application: Your application can be written in English or Swedish and should include: 1) a brief CV, outlining your academic progress to date; 2) a copy of your MA thesis; 3) a statement (of no more than 6 pages) outlining your proposed research (forskningsplan). This outline should describe your research question and how it is related to the current state of research. The outline should also have a short discussion of possible sources for answering your question and methodological considerations regarding the potential of these sources; 4) an authorized copy of your Master’s degree and course grades (if the degree was taken at a Swedish university, a LADOK extract will suffice); 5) a copy of your BA thesis (if available); 6) an account of how long it took you to complete your MA thesis.


Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University's rules and guidelines http://regler.uu.se/?languageId=1.

In case of different interpretations of the English and Swedish versions of this announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.

Salary: According to local agreement for PhD students.
Starting date: 01-09-2020 or as otherwise agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position according to the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5 § 7.

Scope of employment: 100 %

For further information about the position please contact: Head of Department, Erik Lindberg, tel.+46-18-4711523, e-mail: prefekt@hist.uu.se, or Director of PhD studies, Maria Ågren, tel. +46-18-4711535, e-mail: Maria.Agren@hist.uu.se, or utbildningsledare Anna Sofia Hedberg, anna_sofia.hedberg@uadm.uu.se, tel 018-471 6982.

For further information about positions at Stockholm University please contact: Head of department Jens Ljunggren, jens.ljunggren@historia.su.se, tel 08-16 36 64, or Director of PhD studies Johnny Wijk, johnny.wijk@historia.su.se, tel. 08-16 33 83.

Please submit your application by 15 April 2020, UFV-PA 2020/1004.

Are you considering moving to Sweden to work at Uppsala University? If so, you will find a lot of information about working and living in Sweden at www.uu.se/joinus. You are also welcome to contact International Faculty and Staff Services at ifss@uadm.uu.se.

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1 september 2019
Salary Fixed salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100 %
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2020/1004
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 19.Mar.2020
Last application date 15.Apr.2020 11:59 PM CET

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