Three PhD positions at the Department of Theology

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

Position Details (PhD)

Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing. Our ultimate goal is to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance to make a long-term difference in society. Our most important assets are all the individuals whose curiosity and dedication make Uppsala University one of Sweden’s most exciting workplaces. Uppsala University has over 54,000 students, more than 7,500 employees and a turnover of around SEK 8 billion.

The Faculty of Theology is one of nine faculties at Uppsala University. As researchers we use the same research methods as our colleagues in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Faculty is not linked to any faith community, and the religious affiliation of students, research students, lecturers or other staff is of no relevance to the Faculty. The Faculty of Theology is the oldest faculty at Uppsala University and the Department of Theology covers all areas of religious studies. The Department of Theology is the largest institution for education and research in Theology and Religious Studies in Sweden, and offers a creative environment for pursuing research or a degree.

Uppsala University hereby invites applications to three PhD positions.
Starting date: August 28, 2023.

Applications can be made for studies in the following disciplines:

•    History of Religions and World Christianity
•    Empirical-Practical Studies of Religion and Theology
•    Biblical Exegesis
•    Church History and Mission History
•    Ethics
•    Philosophy of Religion
•    Systematic Theology

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The holder of a PhD position shall, foremost, be devoted to his or her own postgraduate study and research. Other duties at the Department which relate to teaching and administrative work may be included within the scope of the employment (to a maximum of 20 %). A requirement for employment as doctoral student is that the applicant must be admitted to postgraduate studies. To this extent, the applicant’s ability to successfully complete the doctoral studies will be decisive. Regulations governing University admissions are found (in Swedish) in Högskoleförordningen, chapter 7 §§ 34-36 and chapter 5 §§ 1-7. Information on admissions requirements, application forms etc. can be found on the website of the Faculty of Theology.

Applications shall include:

•    Completed form, Application for admission to third-cycle (postgraduate) studies.

•    Completed form, Financial plan for studies at research level at the Faculty of Theology.

•    Official transcripts of record in English or Swedish from university studies, including any graduate studies which prove that the applicants meet both general and particular qualification requirements for studies at research level at the Faculty of Theology. In relevant cases a copy of degree certificates in English or Swedish should also be included.

•    A research proposal of 6 pages (if needed one more page for references can be added) with the following headings: aim, questions, method, theoretical framework, the relation of the proposed study to earlier research and material for the future thesis, a note on whom at the Faculty of Theology the applicants have approached and requested to become their supervisor. All headings should be included, but not necessarily in this order.

•    Master’s Thesis.

•    A research project might be associated with risks that could affect the feasibility of the project, especially concerning assessing material or data. Therefore, the applicants should attach an assessment of the feasibility of the project considering possible risks with the suggested material. For high risk projects, suggestions of alternative material should be added.

Applications without any of the above mentioned documents and completed application form for admission to third-cycle studies will not be considered. To write the application, both the application form “Admission to third-cycle (postgraduate) studies” and general syllabus for the discipline concerned are needed. By using the later you should check that you fulfil both general and particular entrance requirements for studies at research level in the discipline. Make contact well in advance with a lecturer/professor at the faculty of Theology who is willing to function as a supervisor if you should be accepted.

Applications which make no mention of a contacted supervisor will not be considered. As you compile your application you may have use of the faculty’s guidelines regarding the application process for studies at research level.

Full funding is offered for a maximum of four years. A prerequisite for this is that you need to live in Sweden with a residence permit.

Within the research orientations Global Christianity and History of Missions, funding is provided during the first year as an admitted doctoral student with a scholarship for full-time studies, followed by employment as a doctoral student for the following three years. For other specializations, employment as a doctoral student applies during the education period, normally four years.

All PhD candidates are an important part of our research environment. At the Department of Theology, we value collegial participation and presence in the workplace. To us, regular attendance means at least three days per week.

Notification of admission will be given at the beginning of June 2023.

Rules governing PhD students are set out in the Higher Education Ordinance chapter 5, §§ 1-7 and in Uppsala University’s rules and guidelines.

About the employment: Salary according to local agreement for PhD students, starting date August 28, 2023, working hours: 100 %.

For further information about the position please contact:
Director of Doctoral Studies Mohammad Fazlhashemi, e-mail:, phone +4618-471 22 27.

You are welcome to submit your application no later than 15th of February 2023, UFV-PA 2022/4288.

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Submit your application through Uppsala University’s recruitment system.

Placement: Department of Theology

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Fixed salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: ST/TCO
Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/4288

Last application date: 2023-02-15

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Position Start Date

August 1, 2023