Karolinska Institutet - Region Stockholm Research school for clinicians in molecular medicine, 2022-2024

Karolinska Institutet (KI) and Region Stockholm invite applications for the research school for clinicians in molecular medicine.
Karolinska Institutet (KI), in collaboration with the Stockholm Region, provides a research school for clinical staff with focus on molecular medicine.

The research school offers clinical staff with research interests a course program in clinical research methodology with emphasis on translational laboratory research. The course curriculum includes courses in basic science methodology as well as courses in translational medicine, covering both theory and practice, over 4 weeks course periods, one period per semester.

The course program that is to be followed in its entirety is adapted to the General Curriculum for doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet (KI).

Call for applications

Announcement period for places in the research school starting in autumn 2024: The announcement tentatively opens no later than December 2023, and the last day for applications will tentatively be in the beginning of March 2024.

All applicants will be notified the decision by the end of May at the latest.

Who can apply?

The course program is designed for clinical employees in Region Stockholm, with an already on-going PhD training at Karolinska Institutet, or expected to be admitted as doctoral students no later than three weeks before the course begins. Admitted doctoral students should not already have passed their half-time review.

The research school is for clinical staff working for Region Stockholm. Applicants should be clinically affiliated through a permanent position, a research residency block or other position that lasts the duration of the research school period.

If the applicant at the time of application has not yet been admitted to doctoral education at KI, the prospective principal supervisor shall estimate when the admission is planned to take place. The applicant must be admitted to doctoral education at latest three weeks before the course starts autumn 2022 (i.e. 10 October).

Further information on admission to doctoral education at KI here


To apply, you must be:

  • a physician, dentist or other clinical professional with equivalent basic education in physiology, medical chemistry, cell biology and molecular biology
  • employed by Region Stockholm or a partnered care provider through a permanent position, a research residency block or other position that lasts the duration of the research school period
  • doctoral student at KI or expected to be admitted to doctoral education at the latest three weeks before course start


Your application will be judged from two perspectives:

  • The project – scientific quality, feasibility and relevance
  • The applicant – experience and motivation


Your application is to be submitted in the original with 8 stapled copies.

Your application is to contain the following information in the order given:

  • Application form
  • CV (max two pages)
  • Description of your research plan (max three pages)
  • Reasons for applying (why you want to participate in this research school)
  • Testimony from a supervisor confirming your suitability for the research school
  • Testimony from your clinical manager that you will be granted leave to attend the research school
  • LADOK extracts showing doctoral courses completed
  • If applicable, a complementary description of the prospective main supervisor is needed if the applicant has not yet been admitted to doctoral education at KI. (The applicant must be admitted to doctoral education at latest three weeks before the course starts autumn 2022. After admission, complementary documentation of admission shall be sent to Research school director Erik Sundström).

The application must reach Registrator no later than 8 March 2022. Alternatively, you can put your application in the mail box at Nobels väg 5 (KI Solna Campus) no later than 8 March 2022.

Application form

Send your application to:

Label the envelope with reference code dnr 3-4945/2021
Karolinska Institutet

Course periods

The research school reimburses each participant’s clinic a sum of SEK 6,748 + salary-related costs per week during the course periods on condition that the clinical manager (or his/her equivalent) testifies that the participant will be granted paid leave for each course period. During the course periods there will be no time or opportunity for any parallel clinical work.

The training program, which starts in the fall of 2022, will comprise a total of 16 weeks of full-time study (24 credits) and last for two years, divided into four blocks each of four weeks. The postgraduate courses included in the program include general science courses (statistics, ethics, presentation technology, etc.) to fulfil the requirements for dissertation at KI, and partly subject-oriented courses. The subject-oriented courses - where several courses contain practical laboratory elements - aim to give an orientation on the most common biomedical methods, and the theoretical background to them. It is equally important to give an understanding of how these methods, with their advantages and disadvantages, can be used in clinically oriented research projects, with examples from different research areas. A basic course in epidemiological research methodology is also included to facilitate collaboration with this research branch. An important element of the education program is the course in grant application that aim to improve the ability to achieve research funding after completing the doctoral education.

Timeframe research school starting 2022

Timeframe research school starting 2022
Date from Date to
Block 1 07112022 02122022
Block 2 06032023 31032023
Block 3 06112023 01122023
Block 4 04032024 28032024


For further details, contact:

Erik Sundström

Research school director
Content reviewer:
Clara Ersson