Being a PhD Student
Check out The Times Higher Education’s “10 steps to PhD Failure”. Some tips don’t apply to the Swedish context but worth reading nevertheless. We recommend 3, 4, 7 and 9. Cheer up! We have all been there.
The library services section offers support for doctoral students in learning how to search and use other library-related services. They have a web page for doctoral students where you can find out about upcoming seminars on topics like “Strategic choices for scholarly publication”, “Searching in educational science databases”, and so on. On this page you can also find contact details for library services members, whom you can email, telephone or visit in person.
It’s important to be have insurance if your doctoral project requires you to do fieldwork outside of Sweden. Information on ‘Kammarkollegiet’ (translated by Wikipedia as the ‘Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency’) will come soon. In the meantime, consult your supervisor or head of department.
- Raewyn Connell open access e-book Writing for Research (via Clive Barnett)
- Michelle Lipinski, ‘The Path to Publishing Your First Book‘, at Stanford University Press blog
- McKenzie Wark’s 2013 advice on ‘How to Beat Writer’s Block‘
For some writing strategies check out ”The No-Fail Secret to Writing a Dissertation”
- Check out The Guardian’s “How to get published in an academic journal: top tips from editors”.
- You can also check out “Publishing in Top Academic Journals”, notes from a class with Dr. Claudia Aradau, a Reader in International Politics in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London and the Editor of Security Dialogue. The advice is useful for a range of disciplines. (Information provided by Stuart Elden in his blog “Progressive Geographies”).
- Natalie Reid’s Getting Published in International Journals: Writing Strategies for European Social Scientists is an useful book, even if you’re not European… The library doesn’t have it and declined our petition to buy it. However, you can request it as an interlibrary loan. (Wondering what an interlibrary loan is? See our section ‘Books, books, books’ in “Practicalities”.)
- Your manuscript has been rejected? Don’t be discouraged. Check out “The worst piece of peer reviewed I’ve ever received (Six academics share their experiences before delivering a verdict on the system)”.
Language Editing Group. Working on a manuscript? It’s a good idea to have an English native speaker proofread your work before you submit to a journal. Malmö University offers the service “Language Editing Group” free of charge to all staff members. More information here. (Only in Swedish). Make sure to send your manuscript well before a deadline and keep in mind that the Language Editing Group does not proofread drafts. Make an effort to send what you consider to be a final version of your work.
Grants and Funding
General information provided by Malmö University
“Forskarservice” provides general information on external funding. From our experience, the information provided is targeted to senior researchers, staff mobility, and applying for EU funding for big research projects. Nevertheless, check out their website in Swedish and English and a special page developed targeting PhD students.
Grant options specific to doctoral students
Funding in general
- Lars Hiertas Minne. Target: All areas. The information is only available in Swedish but worth checking out since the foundation awards 9 million SEK in grants each year. More info here.
Funding for fieldwork and travel
- Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography (SSAG). Target: Human Geography, Physical Geography and Anthropology. The application period is open. More information here.
- Royal Swedish Academy of Letters (Kungl. Vitterhetsakademien) – Stiftelsen Wallenbergsstiftelsens Fond. Humanities and Social Sciences. Conference travel (doctoral student is expected to present). Maximum 25 000 SEK. The application period is open. Click here (only in Swedish).
- The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA). More info here
- The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond). The RJ provides support for “programmes, projects, infrastructure for research, and research initiation.” ‘Research initiation’ is relevant for doctoral students since it “aims to facilitate conferences, seminars or workshops and the creation of new research networks.” Applications for ‘research initiations’ can be sent throughout the year and funding decisions are taken every one or two months. More info here: RJ grants in general, research initiation.
- Crafoord Foundation (Crafoordska Stiftelsen). The foundation states that it normally does not grant support to PhD students but it doesn’t sound like it’s totally out of the question. One-year support grants of up to 500 000 SEK. “The Foundation welcomes applications relating to equipment, but may also grant support for other project costs such as running costs, technical staff, postdoctoral staff, conference travel (active participation is required), translation and printing costs, exchange of research scientists and research stays.” Click here
- Scholar-Activist Project Awards. Antipode Foundation. Supports collaborations between academics, non-academics and activists. Click here.
Organize a conference
- Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet). A senior researcher needs to submit the application and the conference needs to take place in Sweden. Click here and here.
- International Workshop Awards. Antipode Foundation. Grants of up to £10,000 to support radical geographers holding events such as conferences, workshops, seminar series, summer schools, and action research meetings. Click here.
- Marcus Wallenberg Foundation for International Scientific Collaboration. Grants for symposia and summer schools. Application needs to be submitted by “qualified researchers” and take place in Sweden. More info here in English and Swedish.
- Royal Swedish Academy of Letters (Kungl. Vitterhetsakademien). This is not really for a conference but to invite a guest lecturer (“Gästföreläsaranslag”). Applications should be for around 20 000 SEK. More info here (only in Swedish).
Grant options for post-docs, junior researchers
- See this studera.nu page for a helpful overview of what Swedish post-doctoral research entails. here.
- Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE). More information here.
- Crafoord Foundation (Crafoordska Stiftelsen). Offers grants for two-year and four-year research projects. Click here.
- The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT). Postdoctoral transition grants. The aim is “to support promising young researchers in Sweden after a postdoc period (which included at least one year abroad) in order to maintain and further develop their international network early in their careers.” Info in Swedish and English.
The Wallenberg Foundation Postdoctoral Scholarship Program at Stanford University. The program is open for all disciplines of science. Applicants should have a PhD from a Swedish university. The Stipend is for a period of up to two years of postdoctoral studies. More information here.
Help your fellow doctoral students by sending us other options that you know of and we’ll publish the information.