Collaboration within Doctoral Education

KI has established a number of formal collaborative agreements on doctoral education with other universities and research institutions on both an international and national level.

International Collaboration

KI has established a number of formal collaborative agreements on doctoral education with leading universities and research institutions around the world. 

KI receives and sends out a number of doctoral students for short term and long term visits within existing research collaborations. Since the departments have the responsibility for doctoral students, the majority of the collaborations at doctoral level are at departmental level. There are a few exceptions, where collaborative agreements are initiated and supported centrally. They are all university wide collaborations open for doctoral students from all departments, see below. 

The majority of the collaborations are reciprocal, but there are exceptions where it is a one-way agreement. For more information about the collaborations, terms and conditions for admission and other matters, see the relevant links.  Information about contact persons can be found in connection with each collaboration below. 


It is also possible for doctoral students at KI to do an exchange at another European university through the Erasmus+ programme. For more information, please scroll down to the bottom of the list.



Chinese University of Hongkong offers a short term student exchange program for hosting 1-2 doctoral students from KI each year. KI will receive 1-2 doctoral students from CUHK per year. The duration of the short term exchange of doctoral students will be from 1-6 months.


Short term exchange programme for doctoral students.
Japan RIKEN offers a short term student exchange program for hosting doctoral students from KI. The duration of acceptance of doctoral students from KI will be from 3 months to less than 12 months for each KI student.


Nanyang Tecnhological University, National University of Singapore and Singapore A*STAR. 

South Africa Collaborative doctoral programme. The programme will lead to doctoral degrees both from KI and Stellenbosch University.


The collaboration started in 2001 as a Sida/SAREC funded support of twinning supervisors in five research areas with 20 PhD students.


Doctoral Partnership Program in Neuroscience. The KI-NIH Neuroscience Program provides the possibility for doctoral students, from either the United States or Sweden, to divide their training for a doctoral degree between the two participating Institutes.

Erasmus+ As a doctoral student you can participate in a student exchange or a teacher exchange in a European country. Currently, only a few of KI:s Erasmus+ agreements allow student exchange on a doctoral level. However, signing new agreements is an easy process if the participating institutions are interested in supporting an exchange. If you are selected to go on a student exchange, the same conditions apply, including the size of the grant, as for student exchange on Bachelor's and Master's level. However, it is possible to combine the Erasmus+ grant with other types of grants, i.e. travel grants. Please note: the exchange must be at least three consecutive months long and an interinstitutional agreement must be signed. For more information, please email Kristina Jesinkey.

National collaboration

KI and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) have initiated a joint doctoral programme in medical technology leading to a joint doctoral degree from both universities.