Student finance for third-cycle studies
As a general rule, a person admitted to third-cycle studies at Lund University is also to be employed through a doctoral studentship. However, it is possible to undertake your studies using another form of financing such as an external scholarship or an agreement between Lund University and another employer.
If you have a doctoral studentship, you are considered to be both a student and an employee. If you have another form of financing, you are solely a student.
As an employed doctoral student, you are covered by local and central agreements concerning terms of employment.
If you are admitted to third-cycle studies and have a position with an employer other than Lund University, it is the employer who is responsible for employer-related matters. However, Lund University is responsible for education-related matters and the study environment when you are at the University as a third-cycle student.
Doctoral students financed by scholarships
As a doctoral student with a scholarship as student finance, you are not employed by Lund University and are therefore not entitled to contractual employment benefits. Doctoral students, regardless of the form of student finance, have access to the University’s Occupational Health Service. In some cases, a doctoral student with a scholarship is entitled to apply for a doctoral studentship when three years remain of the third-cycle studies.
- Higher Education Ordinance at the Council of Higher Education website
- Regulations for third-cycle education at Lund University I 2018 I (PDF 140 kB, new window)
- Admission rules for third-cycle education I 2017 I (PDF 92 kB, new window)
- Guidelines for prolongation of PhD study period following commissions of trust in student organisations and student representation at Lund University (Swe-PDF 93 kB, new window)
- PM extension of doctoral studentship on the grounds of Covid-19 (PDF 254 kB; new window)