Appointment, finance, budget

A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term position. During the period of employment, the doctoral student has the same rights, obligations and security of employment has all other employees. This means, for example, that doctoral students have the right to annual leave, benefits such as health promotion reimbursement, the right to sick leave, to be home with a child who is ill and in some cases to leave of absence. You can read more about this on the Staff Pages.

A doctoral studentship also has specific conditions. The four-year position, for example, can be extended through the doctoral student having departmental duties (usually teaching) for a maximum of 20% of working hours. Elected office as a student representative also entitles the student to an extension of the position by a corresponding length of time. The doctoral students at the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology must apply for an extension from the faculty coordinator.

Each doctoral student has funds at their disposal. It partly concerns allocated departmental funds and partly a budget for costs in relation to the public defence. The allocated funds are a personal pot of money for each doctoral student that is intended for – and limited to – travel to conferences, literature, research material and other costs that are directly related to the studies carried out. The funds have a time limit, i.e. they can only be used during the period of the doctoral studentship.  

However, it is worth remembering that there are many calls for applications and funders to contact to apply for funds, for example, for travel and accommodation in relation to conferences, field and archive work. It is also worth mentioning that there are great opportunities for exchange studies and personal mobility offered by different programmes. The various grants, funds and exchange programmes are to be found at the faculty level as well as at the central university level.

You can read more here:
https://www.staff.lu.se/research-and-education/research-support/travel-and-research-grants
https://www.medarbetarwebben.lu.se/sites/medarbetarwebben.lu.se/files/forteckning-over-stipendier-och-bidrag190918.pdf (in Swedish)

Information on international exchange studies

The salary for doctoral students is regulated in stages with salary increases which are determined by how far the doctoral student has progressed in their studies. For doctoral students at the Faculty of Social Sciences, there are three salary increases which correspond to 25, 50 and 75 per cent of the studies. For doctoral students in humanities there are two salary increases, when 50 and 75 per cent of the studies have been completed. The supervisor is responsible for ensuring that the salary increase takes place. However, doctoral students should be aware of and monitor their salary level. For example, it is important that applications for salary increases are submitted on time. Doctoral students should discuss the salary increases with their supervisors at an early stage of the third-cycle studies, for example, in the context of the individual study plan.

One related issue is the annual reporting of activity and funding that all doctoral students must do. The study administrator sends out a reminder when it is time to do this.