Information about researching as postdoctoral / postdoctoral  

Postdoctoral researcher - a first career step after doctoral degree

As a first step after a PhD, there is the opportunity to do research as a post-doctor.

Funding for postdoctoral researcher


Employment as a postdoctoral researcher is a qualifying employment focused on research and serves as a first step after a PhD. The employment is limited to four years in total but can be prolonged if special grounds exists. Special grounds refers to illness, parental leave, clinical duty, commission of trust within unions or other similar circumstances. Leave of absence for another employment is not considered as a special ground for prolonging an employment as postdoctoral researcher.

A postdoc’s primary focus is to pursue research. Teaching may be included in the responsibilities but to a maximum of 20 % of the total working hours. The Head of Department determines to what extent a postdoc will engage in research and teaching respectively.

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KI Scholarship

Scholarships for carrying out post-doctoral research may be granted to persons living in other countries who come to Sweden with the intention of only staying in Sweden for all or part of their post-doctoral education at KI. The purpose of scholarships for post-doctoral research is to promote internationalization as well as contribute to research qualifications after PhD or equivalent.

Scholarships for postdoctoral qualifications can be granted for two years, within a four-year-period, after PhD or equivalent. To be eligible for a postdoctoral scholarship the applicant must have completed their PhD or foreign degree assessed to be equivalent to PhD.

The assessment is made by the Head of Department and shall be presented in the decision regarding the scholarship.

The contemplated scholarship fellow shall receive explicit information regarding what it entails to be a scholarship fellow at KI. To ensure this, the scholarship fellow, supervisor and HR-administrative officer at the intended Department or equivalent, shall discuss the terms and conditions in accordance to this document as well as other relevant information at KI’s intranet. After this briefing, an assurance is to be signed by all participants.

More information about scholarship.

Diploma for completed postdoctoral-period

For a completed postdoctoral-period at KI and acquirement of diploma, at least 50% of your study time should have been constituted of research conducted independently of your PhD supervisor and lasting between one (minimum) and three years (maximum). Application for diploma for postdoctoral studies at KI is available at Career service for Postdocs.