Applying for funding for freestanding doctoral courses

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Doctoral courses are primarily to be given within one or several doctoral programmes or research schools and thus be financed by those. For other so-called freestanding courses it is possible to apply for funding from the Board of Doctoral Education. This is done once a semester through the Course and programme committee.

Current deadlines for applying for funding of freestanding courses

Form to apply for funding of freestanding courses

Budget template for application for funding of freestanding courses above standard amounts, or for courses that exceed 3 hp.

Type of doctoral courses that can be granted funding by the committee

Type of doctoral courses that can be granted funding by the Course and programme committee (under the Board of Doctoral Education):

  1. General science courses according to the General syllabus for doctoral education (labelled with * in LADOK).
  2. Courses that support the application of statistical knowledge (e g statistics with R and various large statistical programmes) across the borders of the doctoral programmes.
  3. Courses that are required for certain doctoral students according to the General syllabus: within laboratory animal science, human biology or pathology and basic laboratory safety.
  4. Courses that do not fit into one or more of KIs doctoral programmes, but meet the following criteria:
    a. That there is enough demand for the course among the doctoral students at KI.
    b. The course is relevant for doctoral students from several research groups.

That the criteria 4 a-b are met must be proven/motivated. 

Standard compensation amounts and conditions for granting of funding

For courses given from autumn 2014 and onwards, standard amounts according to the list below are given up to 3 hp credits (corresponding to two full-time course weeks). Please note that the standard amounts have been adjusted and now include INDI. For longer courses the applications will be assessed based on reported estimation of teaching intensity and budget.

A higher standard amount is granted for courses (general sciences, etc.) that are provided directly at the request of the board, since the department’s self-interest in such courses can be assumed to be lower.

Compensation is granted for the first three categories of applicants according to the selection criteria, namely doctoral students at KI, doctoral students from other national or international institutions, and KI post docs*. 

In the decision for granting of funding the approved amount is stated together with a conditional minimum number of doctoral students and KI post docs* that must be met in order to provide full compensation. If less than the established minimum number have completed the course and the examination (but not necessarily passed), funding is reduced in accordance with a particular principle – see Requisition of funding.

*Courses given from spring semester 2014 will also be provided compensation for participating KI post docs.

Standard compensation to KI departments for arranging doctoral courses (INDI included) from autumn 2014 courses:

Number of credits Courses provided at the department's initiative Courses provided at the request of the Board of Doctoral Education
1,5 hp 65 000 SEK 80 000 SEK
3 hp 130 000 SEK 155 000 SEK

What granted funding can be used for

The department can apply for funding to cover certain costs associated with a course, such as:

  • Teacher’s costs (internal and external)
  • Administration
  • Teaching material (not course literature)
  • Teaching premises

Above the standard compensation, the committee can reimburse the department for extraordinary costs, for example external teachers with unique competence, laboratory activities that require extra resources, special materials. Funds cannot be used for expenses related to catering / refreshments.

The following special conditions apply to doctoral courses:

  • they do not qualify for compensation under the annual performance equivalent system ("håp-systemet")
  • they are not allocated faculty funding in accordance with the so called "activity key"
  • they are to follow the course syllabi adopted by the Board of Doctoral Education and subsequently announced through the doctoral course catalogue
  • courses that are financed by the Board of Doctoral Education via the doctoral programmes or as freestanding courses shall be advertised widely through the course catalogue.


Administrative officer

Anna Gustafsson

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 860 18

Chair of the Course and programme committee

Lennart Nilsson

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 810 99

Vice chair of the Course and programme committee

Lena Von Koch


Coordinator of doctoral education

Ingeborg van der Ploeg

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 867 00

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