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Doctoral students' association

The web pages of the Doctoral students' association contain useful information for doctoral students at the Department of Swedish. This includes information about your economy, employment, dissertation and supervision. The Department of Swedish has doctoral student programs in three fields:

  • Scandinavian languages
  • Swedish as a second language
  • Natural language processing

Why a doctoral students’ association?

The association's mission is to safeguard the doctoral students' rights and interests at the department. Via the association, doctoral student representatives are appointed to all decision-making and preparatory committees in the department. In this way the association allows us, the doctoral students, to pursue important issues at the department and to suggest changes, when appropriate.

The Doctoral students' association elects representatives for the Educational Committee, the Research Committee, the Research Education Committee, and also for the Department Council and the Faculty’s Doctoral Students' Council.

Employment and economy

The basic laws and regulations governing all doctoral education are available in the Swedish Higher Education Act and the Higher Education Ordinance. In addition, there are specific rules for the University of Gothenburg and also for each faculty. This means that the overall regulatory framework varies between the departments. On the right there are links to the overall laws and regulations that apply.

Salary and benefits

If you are employed directly by the department, you normally receive a doctoral student-salary for 48 months for a PhD or 24 months for a Licentiate. If you carry out departmental duties such as teaching (maximum load 20%), this leads to an extension of your appointment. In the right hand menu, there is a link to a document with the overall benefits of employment as a doctoral student. You will also find a document that describes the wage points for doctoral students.

Medical fees

Doctoral students with departmental service of at least 20% or a doctoral student position benefit from full compensation for medical care and medicines. Doctoral students are also eligible for the subsidized keep-fit activities.

Subsidized keep-fit activities

Travel grants for doctoral students

Doctoral students who have at least 80% activity can use up to 6000 SEK/year for travel to conferences and literature (a total of up to 30,000 SEK for a doctoral student and 15,000 SEK for a licentiate student). Students with lower activity level get contributions in proportion to the level of activity.

The funds are earmarked to increase the quality of the dissertation, and therefore can only be used for purposes directly related to the doctoral program. Allowable costs include visits to archives and laboratories, copies of materials, licenses, etc.

The funds should be used during the course of your studies, but can be saved from year to year if you know you have a big expense at the end of your studies, for example, an expensive conference trip. Funds not used when the graduate program is over are withdrawn. The funds may only exceptionally be charged in advance.

Costs over 1000 SEK, as well as applications for travel grants must be approved by the supervisor. Reallocation of funds must be approved by the department head. Management of funds, travel orders and the like are handled by the graduate student administrator.


As an employee, graduate students must take out a certain amount of vacation, to be registered in the personal reporting system. Personal reporting can be found in the Staff portal, under the tools menu. If you have any questions regarding the personal reporting system, ask one of the grad student administrators.

Supervision, thesis and dissertation

Each doctoral student is assigned a principal supervisor and an assistant supervisor. In the menu on the right are links to documents covering the rules on supervision, supervision time and a list of the supervisors available at the department.

Thesis production and disputation

All students writing their dissertations in Microsoft Word are expected to use a certain template. The reason for this is that the thesis will be composed in InDesign which uses the styles in the template. You’ll find a link to the MS Word template and information about how to use this in the menu to the right. As for now, if you’re writing in LaTeX, there is no need to use a specific template. To the right you also find information on the progress of the thesis production, from composition to print (this does not however cover the licentiate theses, which have a much easier printing process), and a document covering the responsibilities during supervision, disputation and the disputation party, called "Disputation-PM.docx".

The doctoral student’s association chairman can provide tips and advice on the disputation party, based on previous experience.

Doctoral courses and seminars

During your time as a doctoral student, there are a number of compulsory courses you have to take. The range looks a bit different depending on what field you program is focused on. In addition to this, there are also faculty courses or courses in FLoV and SPL that may be relevant. In the menu on the right you will find links to all of these.



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