Conditions for doctoral students
On this page you can read about:
Funding for studies
Work and employment conditions
Accessibility and different types of support
Extension of funding for studies
Doctoral student councils
Doctoral studentships are the main source of funding Uppsala University aims for in terms of students at doctoral level.
Other types of funding: scholarships or other types of self-funding, should be funds obtained competitively.
A doctoral student employed as a doctoral student can undertake teaching of up to 40 hours per semester. In the event the teaching duties exceed this (though by a maximum of 20%), the time the doctoral student has dedicated to teaching should be compensated with equivalent time for doctoral-level education.
You can view the salary scale for doctoral students here.
The Research Training Committee has, in consultation with the Medical and Pharmaceutical doctoral student councils, developed a programme of measures for doctoral students with psychosocial or physically related work problems. The programme of measures should be seen as a support function primarily for doctoral students and supervisors, and the aim is for serious work-related problems to be avoided as far as possible.
The role of supervisor entails a responsibility, but many doctoral students may find it difficult to contact their supervisor in relation to problems that do not directly concern their research project. Each doctoral student has a network of people to whom they can turn to discuss different types of concerns or problems.
A list of contact people can be found below.
- The director for research studies or the director of studies for the doctoral-level programme at the doctoral student’s department.
- Director of studies for the doctoral-level programme at the Faculty of Pharmacy (Professor Ulf Göransson), Director of studies for the doctoral-level programme at the Faculty of Medicine, clinical specialisation (Professor Peter Stålberg), Director of studies for the doctoral-level programme at the Faculty of Medicine, preclinical subjects (Per Jemth), Director of studies for doctoral-level courses (Sebastian Barg).
- Head of department.
- Members of the Research Training Committee (KUF).
- Chairs of the Medical Postgraduate Students’ Council and Pharmaceutical Postgraduate Students’ Council.
- Student Health Centre (for doctoral students who do not have doctoral studentships).
- Uppsala University’s occupational health service, Previa (for doctoral students with doctoral studentships).
- Doctoral student ombudsman (currently the same as the student ombudsman, at the Uppsala Student Union).
- Occupational health service (for doctoral student with an employer other than the University).
Normally, doctoral students and/or supervisors should turn to people on the list whom they trust and who are familiar with the conditions of doctoral education and conditions within the department so that the issue can be resolved quickly and constructively.
For issues related to the physical work environment, i.e. premises and technical solutions etc., the doctoral student should first contact the supervisor, the head of department, the campus facilities manager or coordinator for students with disabilities at Uppsala University.
At the annual doctoral programme follow-up, the doctoral student and supervisor review the progress of the programme and the thesis, but should also address work environment issues.
The University offers a wide variety of support and services to students with disabilities.
Where necessary, both supervisors and doctoral students are responsible for proposing necessary changes to the individual study plan in order to be able to complete the thesis within the maximum net study period. In cases where there are special grounds within the meaning of the Higher Education Ordinance, an extension of a doctoral studentship may however be permitted.
Guidelines for extension of doctoral grants and doctoral studentships for doctoral students holding positions of trust have been set out in a special decision dated 4 February 2014 (UFV 2014/72).