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PhD and graduate students

ST is the trade union for all those working in universities and colleges. We aim to ensure you are given the best possible conditions during your PhD studies.

ST is wherever you are

Currently the union at KTH has around 400 members. We constantly work towards increasing participation in change management, a better working environment and maintaining the unions' influence here at KTH. A stong unions means more influence.

Elected representatives in the workplace are close by to give you answers and advice on questions concerning salary, vacation, job security, working hours, powers of authority, health and safety, insurance and pensions. You also have access to ST ombudsmen who are experts in all areas of employer negotiations.

Contact ST at KTH

The lowest fee possible

During your time as a PhD student, you pay only 80 SEK (Swedish kronor) per month for your membership, which includes one of the best income insurances on the market.

Membership for PhD Students (

ST's position on PhD students and research policy

  • PhD students should be offered a position of employment from the very first day.
  • Research studies should devote a certain amountof time looking into career paths outside universities and colleges.
  • State/local government and private and civil sectors should create jobs in a wider range of areas to increase the exchange between research, education and innovation.
  • Basic research should be kept free from political and economic governance.
  • Funding for the higher education sector should be increased and most of the resources made available to the sector should be publicly funded.
  • Funding should be long term and ensure both research and educational quality.
  • The fields of humanities and social sciences should be afforded more resources.
  • All teachers should be given the opportunity to undertake research as part of their employment.
  • Universities and colleges should be government agencies.
  • Work towards ensuring more women become professors.
  • The democratic, collegiate structures should be preservedalongside the designation of leadership through elections in which all employment categories are allowed to participate.
  • Managers at all levels must take clear employer responsibility.
  • An increased number of alternative career paths should be created within colleges.

Doctoral Student Representative

Lilly Rosander is our Doctoral Student Representative and contact person for doctoral student's. Read an interview with her here.


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