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Doctoral Student Recruitment

Doctoral Student - postgraduate education and employment.
Here on EECS internal pages you may find information about doctoral recruitment specific for the school, including the initiation of recruitment that must be filled in and signed before starting the advertisement for a doctoral student. 

When recruiting doctoral students, the EECS doctoral recruitment team offers support. You may get help with competence-based recruitment with support through the entire recruitment process. On KTH's internal pages , you as a recruiting manager and main supervisor may find information about competency-based recruitment, a process map, and support documentation for interviews.

Conditions for recruiting a doctoral student 

Before you decide to announce a doctoral position, you need to know:

  • Chapter 5 of KTH's guidelines on third-cycle studies.
  • Chapter 2 of KTH admission regulations, Antagningsordning på KTH.

You will also have to check the third-cycle subject's general syllabus for the specific entry requirements when recruiting a new doctoral student. This is especially important for those aiming to admit a doctoral student to the third-cycle subject of Electrical Engineering. You may find this information on the Doctoral Education Support pages about doctoral programs.

Industrial doctoral student

You may find information about Recruiting an industrial doctoral student here.

Recruitment of doctoral student employed by KTH

Initiation of recruitment at EECS

To initiate the doctoral student recruitment process, it is required that the main supervisor has filled in the web form for recruitment of doctoral students . The name of the main supervisor, type of financing, financial officer responsible for the project and funding for the employment will be stated in the form.

The web form will be sent to your HR-contact that will administer it. The materail for the ad can be sent to the  as soon as the main supervisor has sent the web form for recruitment of doctoral students. 

Advertising (doctoral student employed by KTH)

At KTH doctoral student recruitment ads are co-advertised nine times per year. The deadlines for handing in the initiation letter to the doctoral recruuitment team can be found below: 

2024 Deadlines for sending documents to HR Date of announcment
26 January (central deadline 2 February) 8 February
26 February (central deadline 1 March) 7 March
20 March (central deadline 27 March) 4 April
18 April (central deadline 26 April) 2 May
22 May (central deadline 31 May) 5 June
21 August (central deadline 30 Augusti) 5 September
18 September (central deadline 27 September) 3 October
23 October (central deadline 1 November) 7 November
27 November (central deadline 29 November) 5 December

After the recruitment

Once the selection and interviews are finalized, the main supervisor must motivate the selected final candidate. To do this you need to go to the web form for recruitment of doctoral students  where the recruitment was initiated, but instead choose "Motivation of chosen candidate for employment as doctoral student" in the drop-down menu. The form will be sent to your HR-contact that will administer the documentation and send it to third cycle education support. Please have in mind that when a selected candidate has accepted the offer of employment, he or she needs to be admitted as a doctoral student at KTH before finalizing the employment. The main supervisor will start the application of admission by following the instructions that can be found on the pages for third cycle education support

If the chosen candidate is relocating from outside of the EU they need to apply for a residence permit for doctoral studies, therefor the main supervisor needs to fill in and sign a certificate of studies. You can find a template (in Swedish) for the certificate below. The Swedish Migration Board will not accept a certificate written and signed by HR or the Doctoral Education Support. Intyg, förstagångsansökan till Migrationsverket (docx 65 kB)  (only in Swedish). Send the signed certificate to the candidate.

The doctoral recruitment team