PhD positions in Economics

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  • University/Institute Name Lund University
  • University/Institute Name Department of Economics
  • Position Funding Type Fully funded (e.g. RA, TA, Scholarship, etc.)
  • Position Duration4 years
  • Attendance Type On Campus
  • Application deadlineExpired

Position Details (PhD)

The holders of these positions have a primary obligation to successfully fulfil their postgraduate (third cycle) education ending with a doctoral degree (PhD). A position as doctoral student can contain some limited teaching or other departmental work at the Department of Economics. The maximum amount of such work is 20%.

Eligibility/Entry Requirements

An applicant has basic eligibility for third cycle studies if he or she:
1. has been awarded a second cycle degree,
2. has completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, including at least 60 credits at second cycle level, or
3. has acquired the equivalent knowledge in some other way, either in Sweden or abroad
(Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 7, Section 39)

An applicant is eligible to be admitted to the third cycle degree programme in Economics if he or she fulfils the basic eligibility requirements, and has documented qualifications worth at least 90 credits in Economics and independent projects (degree projects) worth at least 15 credits in Economics.

The official plan of studies for a doctoral degree in Economics can be found at,

Basis of Assessment

Selection among the applicants will be based on the applicant’s ability to benefit from the programme. Evaluation of an applicant’s ability to benefit from the programme is based primarily on previously demonstrated skills in studies, standardised tests, and other relevant skills. Particular attention is paid to thesis work in Economics and to course work within the methodological core of Economics. The number of second cycle credits achieved is not used as a criterion. Ability to cooperate with others is a merit.


These positions are for a PhD degree, which implies that the total time of employment may not exceed four years of full-time study at the postgraduate level. The exact number of positions that are available has not yet been decided. During recent years, the Department has financed five to eight new PhD students each year.

Regulations concerning appointment as a doctoral student can be found in the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5, 1-7 §§. For appointment to the position, the applicant is required to be eligible for admission to the doctoral (PhD) programme in Economics. The Head of Department decides upon the admission of doctoral students.

Appointment Procedure

Please use Lund University job application portal when applying.

Application must include the following:

  1. A completed form with supplementary information (to be found at
  2. Copies of exam certificates.
  3. A short CV.
  4. Certified test results where applicable (e.g., GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS). Results from Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) are not required, but especially applicants from outside the EU are strongly recommended to include test results from either of these tests. Proof of ability in English (such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (ToEFL)) will be required unless you are a native English speaker or have previously taken an academic degree taught in English.
  5. A description (max 1000 words) of the research topics the applicant is interested in and of the reasons he or she wants to pursue these studies at the Department of Economics in Lund.
  6. At least one and at most two independent projects (e.g., essays) worth the equivalent of 15 credits in Economics.

These documents should be uploaded (pdf) in the job application portal (under ”Attachments”). Exam certificates and other documents on paper should be scanned or photographed before being uploaded.

The applicant should also obtain recommendations from two teachers or researchers with a PhD in Economics or with corresponding knowledge and experience relevant to research in Economics. The people giving a recommendation should complete the form available at, save it and send it to, latest 2023-01-31.

Complementary documents, such as books which cannot be sent electronically, can be posted to: Registry office, Lund University, P.O. Box 117, SE-221 00 LUND, SWEDEN (Address for delivery of packages: Lund University, Registry Office, Paradisgatan 5C, 223 50 LUND). The official record number (PA2022/3994) should be clearly stated when sending complementary documents.

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