Umeå University, Faculty of Arts

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The Department of Culture and Media Studies invites applications for the doctoral training program in ethnology.

The department of Culture and Media Studies is part of the Faculty of Arts at Umeå University, and has a broad educational and research activity within the diciplines ethnology, journalism, fine art, cultural analysis, literary studies, media-and communication studies and museology. The department has about 60 employees and the combination of disciplines makes it a creative milieu for research meetings and collaboration between culture, art, media and literature. For more information, please visit

The discipline of ethnology has in Umeå a strong long-term research activity where at present areas such as international migration, rurality, oral narrative, music and dance, science studies, and cultural heritage are continuously productive; gender- and diversity perspectives are always present and part of the discipline’s profile. The journal Kulturella Perspektiv, a Swedish ethnology journal, is produced in Umeå. Within studies at first- and second-cycle levels, in addition to subject-specific courses, there are also degree programs for cultural analysis, civil work, cultural entrepreneurship, programs for museums and cultural heritage. Furthermore we take part in the university’s teacher education programs.


General requirements
To be admitted to studies at the third-cycle level, the applicant must meet both general and specific eligibility requirements. General requirements: a Master’s or equivalent degree in a relevant field, having completed course requirements worth at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits must be at second-cycle level, or in some other way – either in Sweden or abroad – having acquired equivalent knowledge. The faculty board may grant dispensation from the basic eligibility requirements for individual applicants, if special reasons exist. (Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, chapter 7 § 39).

Specific requirements
In order to meet the specific eligibility requirements for admission to studies in ethnology at third cycle level, the applicant must have completed at least 30 credits in ethnology at second-cycle level – or the equivalent in other subjects or areas of relevance for this position. Good knowledge in the English language is also a requirement.

See the general study plan

Assessment criteria

Applicants are ranked with reference to their capacity to benefit from and complete the program. The assessment is based primarily on prior study results, with particular consideration given to essays, and the quality of the research plan and its relevance for the subject area. The assessment is also based on references and interviews, and possibly additional evaluations of the main candidates.

The degree must be completed at the latest at the end of the application period.

Terms of employment

PhD students will mainly devote themselves to their own education at third-cycle level. Employment as a PhD student will be for the time deemed necessary for the completion of research studies at a normal rate of study, which corresponds to a full-time position for four years. An initial contract of 12 months is extended with up to two years at a time provided that the individual study plan is followed. A PhD student may to a limited extent also work with teaching and administration up to a maximum of 20 percent of full-time. The period of employment may thus be extended up to a maximum of five years. The salary is according to the Ph.D.-student salary agreement. The entry level salary is 27 900 SEK and rises in three steps to 32 300 SEK.

Additional information

PhD students are affiliated with the Faculty of Arts Doctoral College, see coordinated with the PhD training program at the relevant department. The PhD studies begin at the start of the autumn semester, 31 August 2020. The place of work is Umeå University. The PhD students are expected to actively contribute to the research environment.

According to The Higher Education Ordinance, chapter 12 §2, a decision of appointment for a PhD student position may not be appealed.


The application must contain:

  • A transcript from the Ladok student registry, a degree certificate, and/or equivalent attested copies of your academic transcripts proving that general and specific requirements are met
  • Curriculum vitae, including name and contact information of two reference persons
  • Copies of relevant BA and MA theses and other relevant publications
  • Research plan – must not exceed 30 000 characters including spaces – that contains: purpose and research problem, previous research, implementation: that is, method, material and theory, relevance and time plan
  • A letter that states your motivation for undertaking research training leading to a PhD, and that specifies what expertise at the Department is needed for carrying out your research.

Your application must be registered in Umeå University’s e-recruitment system no later than 28 February 2020.

Please note: the Swedish version is the official version of this advertisement. In the case of any differences in information between this and the official version, it is the official version that is the legally correct version of the advertisement for these PhD positions.


We look forward to receiving your application!

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2020-08-31
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Umeå
County Västerbottens län
Country Sweden
Reference number AN 2.2.1-1720-19
  • Alf Arvidsson, Professor, 090-7866244,
Union representative
  • SACO, 090-786 53 65
  • SEKO, 090-786 52 96
  • ST, 090-786 54 31
Published 07.Feb.2020
Last application date 28.Feb.2020 11:59 PM CET

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