Eligibility and selection for doctoral courses

Doctoral courses at Karolinska Institutet (KI) are open for doctoral students at all universities and colleges as well as KI post docs. If space allows, other eligible applicants may also be accepted. When a course has specific entry requirements, this must be stated in the syllabus. Otherwise the general selection criteria apply.

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Starting from admission for spring semester 2022, only applicants who are either doctoral students or have a PhD are accepted.

In addition to this, some courses have specific entry requirements, i e prerequisite courses (or equivalent). In these cases, this is stated in the syllabus.

Selection criteria for courses at doctoral level

A selection procedure has to be performed if there are more applicants than places available. How this selection is performed is indicated below and must be transparent for the applicants.

General selection criteria

The following priority is applicable when the course is funded by KI:

1. Doctoral students admitted to doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet

Doctoral students in formal collaborative agreements on doctoral education, that is partnerships on doctoral level with KI, are classed in the same category as doctoral students admitted to doctoral education at KI. Links below point to the KI co-operation programs.

​2. Post docs at KI

To belong to the category “Postdocs at KI” when applying for doctoral courses, applicants must be able to prove that they have a postdoc position at KI or Region Stockholm at the time of the course, and devote most of their working time to their own research (but may have a different job title than postdoc). Anyone who has received the PhD degree more than five years before the course start (with up to 24 months’ extension due to parental leave, long-term illness, general medical internship (“AT-tjänstgöring”), non-academic employment or unemployment) is no longer considered a postdoc in this regard.

If the applicant cannot prove that he/she has a postdoc position at KI or Region Stockholm at the time of the course, the course application is handled as belonging to the category “Other applicants”.

3. ​Doctoral students from other universities

The applicant is admitted to doctoral education at a university in Sweden or abroad.

4. Other applicants

This category includes applicants with a PhD (but not postdocs at KI, see above), e g teachers and researchers.

If you have an ongoing application for doctoral education and expect to be admitted before the start of courses, read more about how you can apply for courses.

Course specific selection criteria

Within the above categories, selection is performed according to the criteria stated for each course in the course catalogue.

Applicants within the category "other applicants" may be offered a reserve position, in anticipation of more applicants that result in compensation for the course provider (normally categories 1-3).

For most general science courses, registration date as doctoral student is a selection criterion, but please see each course occasion for correct information. Please note: If the registration date as a doctoral student is incorrect in your personal profile, the application becomes invalid.


Anna Gustafsson

Administrative officer

Anna-Karin Welmer

Chair of the Course and programme committee

Emilie Agardh

Vice chair of the Course and programme committee

Ingeborg Van Der Ploeg

Central director of studies
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