Research School by Karolinska Institutet and Region Stockholm in family medicine and primary care 2022 - 2024

The research school in family medicine and primary care is a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet and Region Stockholm.

The aim of the research school is that the students will gain a deep scientific, critical, and analytical knowledge to be able to conduct research in primary care. 

The course program includes courses on scientific methods and adheres to the general syllabus for doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet (KI). It thereto includes courses on biostatistics, clinical interventions, epidemiology, and qualitative research methods. The courses require understanding of both Swedish and English. 

The research school uses an interactive learning with individual tasks, group assignments, seminars, lectures, and workshops. The learning is based on the students’ own research projects and draws upon the students’ clinical experience and knowledge. 

The course program is in total 16 weeks (24 ECTS) over a period of two years, with two 2-week course blocks per semester. 

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 research school in family medicine and primary care 2024-24 is open for applications from doctoral students who are clinically active professionals with an interest in primary care. 


The positions with financial reimbursement are open for applications from persons who:

  • are clinically active, working for Region Stockholm
  • are doctoral students at KI, or who will be registered as doctoral students at the latest three weeks before start of the research school

Admitted doctoral students should not have completed their half-time review. 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 has not yet been admitted to doctoral education at KI at the time of application, the relevant department at KI should be contacted as soon as possible so that the intended supervisor can apply for a doctoral student position to be established. The applicant must be admitted to doctoral education at latest three weeks before the course starts in autumn 2022, i.e., the 12th of September 2022. Read more about admission to doctoral education.

If you have questions regarding eligibility, please contact Maria Flink,

Financial reimbursement

The research school reimburses each participant’s clinic a sum of SEK 6,748 + salary-related costs per week during the course periods on the condition that the clinical manager 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.


Deadline for application is 8th March, 2 pm, 2022. 

Application shall be made through KI Prisma. Start with creating an account in Prisma, by using the function “Create personal account”. Further instructions of the application can be found under the headings in Prisma. If you have questions about the application, you can email Maria Flink (contact information below). If you have technical questions about Prisma, visit the Prisma user manual.

Only complete applications with signed certificates from supervisor and head of clinic will be assessed.  

The application will be assessed from two perspectives:

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

Course periods for the research school starting 2022

Block Time period
Block 1 week 40 – 41, 2022
Block 2 week 47 – 48, 2022
Block 3 week 10 – 11, 2023
Block 4 week 16 – 17, 2023
Block 5 week 40 - 41, 2023
Block 6 week 47 - 48, 2023
Block 7 week 10 - 11, 2024
Block 8 week 16 - 17, 2024

Course periods for the research school starting 2020

Block Time period
Block 1 week 41 – 42, 2020
Block 2 week 47 – 48, 2020
Block 3 week 11 – 12, 2021
Block 4 week 17 – 18, 2021
Block 5 week 41 - 42, 2021
Block 6 week 47 - 48, 2021
Block 7 week 11 - 12, 2022
Block 8 week 17 - 18, 2022

After the end of the course program the students will be able to: 

  • Formulate specific scientific hypotheses
  • Design clinical experimental studies, observational studies, and qualitative studies
  • Collect data
  • Independently and in collaboration with statistician analyse data 
  • Interpret results
  • Write scientific reports in English
  • Write applications for scientific funding  
  • Critically review scientific publications

More information

For more information contact Maria Flinck:

Maria Flink

Education coordinator

Steering group for the research school

Johan Ärnlöv


Axel, Carl Carlsson

Research school director

Maria Flink

Education coordinator

Maria Hagströmer

Member of the steering group

Ann-Helen Patomella

Member of the steering group

Per Wändell

Member of the steering group

Jeanette Westman

Member of the steering group

Hanna Dubois

Student representative