Lund University, Lund University School of Economics and Management, Department of Economic History

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 400 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

Lund University School of Economics and Management is one of eight faculties within Lund University. More than 4 000 students and 450 researchers, teachers and other staff are engaged here in training and research in economic history, business administration, business law, informatics, economics, statistics and research policy.

The Department of Economic History is a research-intensive department that employs about 100 people: researchers, teachers, technical/administrative staff, and Ph.D. candidates. The department has a large PhD programme and co-ordinates three international Master programmes. The Department has a well established reputation for wide-ranging research with an emphasis on long-term processes, and with economic theory and quantitative methods as important methodological tools. Strong research areas at the department include economic growth and structural change, innovation, energy and sustainability, development economics, and economic demography, as well as financial history and education and the labour market. More information is available at the Department’s website:

Assigned Duties

Those appointed to doctoral studentship shall primarily devote themselves to their studies, aimed to result in a doctoral degree. Work carried out during the studentship consists of participation in research projects as well as successful participation in postgraduate (third-cycle) courses. Those appointed to doctoral studentships may also work, to a limited extent, with educational tasks and administration. However, duties of this kind may not comprise of more than 20 per cent of a full time post.

Eligibility / Entry Requirements

A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programs if he or she has:

  • been awarded a second-cycle degree;
  • satisfied the requirements for courses comprising of at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle;

An applicant is also eligible if he or she has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

(Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 7, Section 39)

Entry requirements for doctoral studies in each subject are specified in the relevant general syllabus, available at

Other Requirements

A proficient level of English is required in both written and oral communication.

Basis of Assessment

Admittance of a doctoral student is based on an assessment of the candidate’s ability to benefit from third-cycle studies. The selection criteria are the breadth, depth, relevance, and independence of the applicant’s earlier work, as well as the applicant’s ability to work independently and participate actively in the research environment.

The assessment of the candidate’s ability is foremost based on previous achievements in first and second cycle studies. Selection may also be based on a research project plan, letters of recommendation from established research contacts and, in certain cases, a personal interview.

Special attention is paid to degree projects and project proposal:

  • ability to describe, question and discuss the current state of research;
  • sufficient clarity and logical coherence in the formulation of the aim and the research questions;
  • stringency of reasoning and analysis;
  • adequate selection of theory and methods.


Admission is dependent on the existence of financing in the form of external research funding. We know that funds currently exist within the following research areas:

- Manufacturing gender inequality. The project deals with gender differences in labor market outcomes in Sweden circa 1900

- SWINNO 2.0, Significant Swedish innovations 1970 to the present. The project establishes an innovation output database to assess ex post significance of innovations and categorize them according to societal impact.

- Asian exceptionalism? The institutional impact of Japanese colonial extraction. The project deals with the question whether there is a colonial origin to the East Asian Miracle.

- Current population development in Africa in a historical context. The project studies historical demographic dynamics in Africa 1800 to 1960 by exploring missionary archives.

We hope to receive additional funding in other areas and we naturally welcome applications within other research areas or of more general character. Please indicate your topic interest in your application.

Type of Employment / Conditions

Limit of tenure, maximum four years (fulltime studies).

For regulations concerning employment of doctoral students, see the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5. Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle courses and study programmes at a higher education may be appointed to doctoral studentship.

Application Procedure

Please use Lund University job application portal when applying.

The application must be written in English.

The application should contain:

  • a personal letter in which the applicant gives a short description of him/herself and his/her research interests;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • grade transcripts, and copies of exam certificates;
  • a master thesis or similar degree projects;
  • project proposal (maximum 1 500 words not including references);
  • documented language skills relevant for third-cycle studies;
  • other documents that the applicant wishes to submit.

The applicant can also obtain recommendations from a maximum of two teachers or researchers. The people giving a recommendation should send their letter directly to the Director of Doctoral Studies, Patrick Svensson:

Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
First day of employment 2017-08-28
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 4
Working hours 100 %
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2017/456
  • Patrick Svensson,, +46462220833
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62,
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64,
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66,
Published 07.Feb.2017
Last application date 15.Apr.2017 11:59 PM CET

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