Application and admission

Doctoral studies

Vacancy announcements for doctoral positions financed by the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology are usually published once a year, on 15th January, with an application period of at least four weeks. The vacancy announcements can be found on the Lund Univeristy pages under Vacancies. On this page you will find information about what you need to knoe when applying and how the selection is made. Please note that we assess applications for doctoral studies only in relation to announced positions.

Vacancy announcement

Vacancy announcements for doctoral positions financed by the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology are published once a year, usually on 15th January, with an application period of at least four weeks. The vacancy announcements are made in Swedish and English.

Doctoral positions within externally funded projects or graduate schools are usually announced at the same time, so that applicants can be evaluated in relation to one another. When necessary, externally funded doctoral studentships are announced on 15th September each year.

See all current vacant doctoral positions at the HT Faculties, as well as other positions at Lunds Univeristy.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements are available in the syllabus for each subject.

Follow this link for all syllabi.

The entry requirements must have been met when the application is submitted. It is not possible to supplement the application with additional qualifications after the application deadline. Applicants may, however, be asked to submit proof of the qualifications cited in their application.


Applications are to be submitted through Lund University’s recruitment system Varbi.

See the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology’s instructions for applying for a doctoral studentship (see information box to the right).

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the contact persons stated in the vacancy announcement. The faculty secretary can answer questions about the recruitment system, what the application is to include and the admission process. The director of third-cycle studies, head of department or director of project can answer questions about the content of the doctoral education, the subject's delimitations and current research within the subject.

Please do not contact individual researchers within the subject.

Read more about about the recruitment system Varbi


Decisions on admission to doctoral studies and awarding of doctoral positions are first prepared by the department for each respecive subject through the supervisory committee or equivalent body, then by the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology's Board of Third-cycle Studies.

The department's assessment of the applicants' capacity to benefit from doctoral education is made on the basis of all the documents that applicants attach to their applications and is done based on the criteria of quality, quantity, development and relevance. The department can decide to supplement the evaluation through interviews with a shortlist of applicants.

Applicants without prior doctoral education are given priority over those with a completed doctoral education leading to a doctoral degree in a related subject.

Once the department has established a ranking, it is shared with the applicants for objections. This means that all applicants have the opportunity to submit statements about the proposed ranking within two weeks.

The Board of Third-cycle Studies reviews the department's assessment and then makes a decision to recommend to the dean to decide on admission to doctoral studies and awarding of doctoral employment. The board also decides upon reserves for the doctoral position(s).


Decisions on admission to doctoral education and the awarding of doctoral employments are made by the Dean of Third-cycle Studies.

Once the dean has made their decision on admission, doctoral position(s) and employment(s) are offered to the successful applicant(s). If an applicant declines the offer, the offer is made to a reserve.

Applicants who are not admitted are informed of this no later than seven days after the final decision, via the recruitment system. Decisions about admission and the award of doctoral employment cannot be appealed.

Timetable – Admissions for fall 2024

4th DecemberThe Board of Third-cycle Studies (Swedish acronym FUN) decides on vacancy announcements
15th January–15th FebruaryApplication period

Departments’ preparations, including possible interviews and a two-week period for objections.

1st MayLast day for departments to submit statements and documents to the faculty office.
13th MayThe Board of Third-cycle Studies decides on proposals.
17th MayDecision by the dean and the distribution of the decision to the successful applicants and the departments.
31st MayLast day for applicants to return the registration form confirming that they wish to take up their place.
1 SeptemberFirst day for new doctoral students.


Instructions for applying for a doctoral student position (PDF)


Faculty Officer
Kristina Arnrup Thorsbro
+46 (0)462228315

Vacant positions for doctoral students, starting fall 2024

Application period: 15th January to 15th February

Doctoral positions and other vacancies at Lund University

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