PhD student in Journalism

Ref. No. SU FV-0682-17


at the Department of Media Studies. Closing date: 18 April 2017.

With roughly 100 employees, 30 PhD students, and almost 900 full-time students, the Department of Media Studies is one of the larger departments within the Faculty of Humanities. The department has four undergraduate and graduate subject areas: Film Studies, Journalism, Media & Communication Studies and Fashion Studies. These are divided into three divisions: Film, Journalism, Media & Communications (JMK) and Fashion. For more information about areas of research, see:

At JMK there is a long tradition of critical research examining the role of the media within processes of social change. The research conducted at the department takes a central place within academic and public debates surrounding the importance of the media and journalism for power, democracy, politics and culture. Researchers in the department represent both humanistic and social scientific research traditions, leading to a clearly interdisciplinary research environment. Comparative studies – over time, between different media and across points of national origin – are markers of our research tradition.

A historically central research area within JMK has been the study of the social role(s) of the news media, in particular their relation to class, gender, ethnicity and age. This involves the examination of the power relations within political communication, contemporary issues facing news reporting, of identity formation and social processes, questions of surveillance and political extremism, sourcing and the relationship between journalism and PR, gender and diversity, and the role of the media and social media in historical and contemporary conflicts. We have a particular need to strengthen our research in the Swedish/Nordic context, and therefore encourage researchers working in that area.

As a PhD student at the Faculty of Humanities you have the opportunity to participate in the Faculty’s Doctoral School, which offers themes and courses characterised by interdisciplinarity and cooperation across subjects. The Doctoral School also gives you the chance to improve the quality of your education thanks to the interchange provided by the community of PhD students from other subjects and departments.

In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicants must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits (ECTS 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, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of journalism stipulates that applicants must have received a passing grade on course work of at least 30 higher education credits from the second cycle in Journalism, including a degree project of at least 15 credits.

The entry requirements can also be met by students who have acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere. Eligibility must be met at the latest by the application date.

The overall assessment of the candidates focuses on their capacity to benefit from the training. The selection among the eligible candidates will therefore be based on the following specific criteria:

  1. Education. Assessment of both depth and breadth of previous education.
  2. Scientific production. The assessment should also take into consideration the aspect of time, that is, to what extent the applicant has shown the ability to meet his or her previous scientific obligations within given time constraints. In addition, the scientific progress of the applicant is considered. Based on a Bachelor’s thesis, a Master’s thesis or other academic papers, the ability of the applicant to benefit from the education is considered according to critical ability, analytical ability, creativity and independence.
  3. Research proposal. The applicant should enclose a research proposal, which should specify the research problem and provide an outline of the research project. The research proposal is assessed according to relevance, originality, completion within given time constraints (that is full-time work during a four-year period of doctoral studies) and the department’s ability to provide supervision.
  4. Ability to collaborate. This is determined on the basis of personal references, certificates or interviews.

Local admission regulations for doctoral studies in journalism and media and communication studies are available at:

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at:

Terms of employment
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.

For more information, please contact Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Department, Ester Pollack, telephone: +46 8 16 30 29,

Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor and Director of Doctoral Studies, Christian Christensen, telephone: +46 8 16 44 26,

Union representatives
Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST and Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 20 00 (operator), (SEKO), and PhD student representative,

Apply for the position through Stockholm University's recruitment system by clicking the “Apply” button. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job 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
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 3 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: Instructions – Applicants.

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 18/04/2017

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