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Available PhD student position: national graduate school Early languages, digital philology

at the Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch and German.

Closing date: 23 October 2023

At the Faculty of Humanities at Stockholm University, research and education is conducted in a large number of different languages and language-related subjects. The Faculty's activities cover many of the contemporary and classical languages and cultures as well as linguistics. The faculty offers a number of fruitful and international study and research environments for students, doctoral students and researchers, e.g. the Center for Medieval Studies and the Center for Indo-European Language and Culture Studies.
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Project description 
The national graduate school “Early languages, digital philology” (DigPhil) announces a doctoral position in one of the following subjects: Baltic languages or German. The research school is a national collaboration between Stockholm University, Uppsala University, and Lund University.

The aim of DigPhil is to create a strong and state-of-the-art doctoral research environment in early languages (up to and including the eighteenth century), educating modern philologists who are well aware of the disciplinary traditions but also have solid competence in language technology. The research school broadly defines philology as the integrated study of languages and texts in their historical contexts. Philology continues a tradition founded in the Library of Alexandria in the third century BCE and consists in a dynamic and cross-disciplinary interaction between textual criticism and book history, historical linguistics, various forms of textual analysis (metrics, rhetoric, narratology etc.) and hermeneutics. Digital methods and tools can be developed and applied in all of these areas, e.g. using AI to restore fragmentary texts, making use of computational approaches in comparative historical linguistics, performing automized stylometry or narrative analysis, or reading and extracting facts from texts with data-mining methods. For more information, see

We especially welcome applications with planned dissertation projects that combine a philological and a digital perspective within the scope of the graduate school’s orientation.

As a doctoral student, you participate in both the department's and the graduate school's activities and are expected to be physically present and interact actively in both environments, including at research seminars and workshops. Participation in the institution's everyday life is a prerequisite. Doctoral students within the research school follow the school's compulsory courses.

The graduate school's working language is English, while the university's working language is Swedish (certain activities and research seminars may be in English or other languages depending on the postgraduate subject). If necessary, the university offers introductory courses in Swedish:

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, please see section 4.2 in the general study programme for doctoral studies for each specific subject area:ör-utbildning-på-forskarnivå/ämnen-på-forskarnivå-och-allmänna-studieplaner.

For information about English translations, please contact representatives at the department:Baltic Languages and German

The eligibility requirements can also be met by those who acquired essentially equivalent competence within or outside the country. Corresponding assessment of the eligibility is prepared and decided at each department in accordance with local procedures.

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

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the PhD programme. The criteria that will be used to assess this capacity are presented in section 5.1 in the general study plan of each subject topic as referred to above.

The applications will also be assessed with the Swedish Research Council's four basic criteria: the scientific quality of the project, originality, the applicant’s competence, and feasibility.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: and regulations.

Terms of employment
Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

The application deadline is October 23, 2023, with notification of admission no later than November 30, 2023. The programme starts in the Spring semester 2024.


For more information, please contact:

Renata Ingbrant (Head of Department, German and Baltic studies), telephone: +46 8 16 33 29,
Jenny Larsson (Professor in Baltic studies), tfn 08-16 43 85,
Susanne Tienken (Associate Professor in German studies), tfn 08-16 35 15,

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64,, Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/OFR), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89,, (SEKO), and PhD student representative,

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.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter in which the applicant briefly introduces himself and specifies the postgraduate subject to which the applicant wishes to be admitted, either to German or Baltic languages, (maximum one page).
  • A CV containing (i) a description of the applicant's education including a list of completed courses with dates and grades, (ii) a list of academic publications (if any), and (iii) work experience (no more than four pages);
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Degree projects/theses
  • A tentative research proposal which (i) states a research question which falls within the project or field described above, (ii) describes the methodology and work plan, and (iii) contextualises the expected results in relation to the state of the art (maximum five pages including references);
  • Letters of recommendation or other documents which the applicant would like to adduce (no more than 3 files).

If the research proposal and the submitted theses are written in a language other than English, applicants need to attach a translation into English of the research proposal and a summary of the thesis of 3–5 pages in English.

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position.

You are welcome to apply!

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