The admission process for a new doctoral position at LIME

On 1 July 2018, KI introduced new admission regulations for doctoral education.

Under these regulations and in order to ensure the university's ability to provide high qualitative doctoral education, the admission process for a new doctoral position at the department of LIME consists of four consecutive steps:

  1. Establishment of a doctoral position including green light for principal supervisor
  2. Advertisement and recruitment for a doctoral position
  3. Admission decision
  4. Individual study plan (ISP) and ISP-seminar

The admission process begins with the establishment of a doctoral position (step 1), to which a prospective student is then recruited (step 2). The process ends with the head of department's decision to accept the candidate into doctoral education (step 3), upon which an individual study plan is adopted (step 4). '

From Rules for doctoral education at Karolinska Institutet, Dnr 1-8/2020, paragraph 2.5: Admission towards a licentiate degree: "Doctoral students shall, as a rule, be admitted with a doctoral degree as their goal. Only those who are professionally active and who would like to complement or deepen their knowledge in a field of research and only wish to take a licentiate degree may be accepted with a licentiate degree as their goal."

Step 1: Establishment of a new doctoral position and green light for principal supervisor

A presumptive doctoral student can only be admitted to doctoral education at KI on the premises that the principal supervisor can present an approved form “Establishment of a doctoral position”, including an approved form “Application for green light”. The decision is made by the head of department together with the director of doctoral education and the head of administration at the department of LIME. The Board for Doctoral Education at LIME will assess that the scientific project is viable and suitable as a doctoral project.

A presumptive principal supervisor must apply for an “Establishment of a doctoral position” even if the doctoral student is recruited in other ways than through advertising, for example when the intended doctoral student is employed by SLL (Stockholm county council). The decision for an approved establishment (together with the green light) is only valid for a specific doctoral project. One application is needed for each new doctoral position.

To apply for establishment for a new doctoral position and receive a green light for becoming a principal supervisor, the planned principal supervisor is to follow the steps listed below.

Checklist, forms and attachments under paragraphs 1-8 are to be handed in on printed single-sided paper (NO STAPLES), together with either paragraph 9 or 10 to administrative officer Ingrid Smedberg, post box on floor 4, LIME. For a faster handling always hand in a fully filled out application together with all the applicable necessary mandatory attachments (don’t forget signatures). 

Start with the form Checklist for establishment of a doctoral position at LIME (updated October 2020). This document is to be filled out and signed by applying planned principal supervisor, and also signed by each co-supervisor. To be attached to the application for establishment.

  1. Form Establishment of a doctoral position (Updated September 2021)
  2. Form Application for green light (Updated March 2021)
  3. Research plan (5 pages). Read more about how to structure the research plan at LIME here: Instructions for writing research plans at LIME
  4. Description of the competence of each supervisor in relation to the research project and a description of the doctoral education environment. Read more here: Instructions for writing descriptions of supervisor competence and doctoral education environment (Updated October 2020)
  5. Planned supervisors’ CVs (maximum two pages each)
  6. If applicable, document verifying the reason for exemption from advertising
  7. Certificate of supervisor training and web course (web course not older than five years)
  8. Form Financing plan  (Updated December 2020). To be signed by those at Karolinska Institutet responsible for financing the doctoral student or, if there is an other employer than KI, signed by head of organisation, head of clinic or equivalent. 
  9. If the planned doctoral student is employed at LIME, or there is a planned employment at LIME – fill out ‘Letter concerning financial support’. This document is to be signed by research group leader/similar/person authorized to sign. Template: Letter concerning financial support for a doctoral student already, or to be, emplyoed at the Dept of LIME
  10. a) If the planned  doctoral student will pursue a doctoral education within an employment outside KI (externally employed doctoral students), please contact ekonomi@lime.ki.se. They will provide you with a template from the Legal Office at Karolinska Institutet.
    b) If the planned doctoral student has own funding outside LIME – attach his/her CV

If exemption from the requirement to advertise is boxed in the application for establishment of a doctoral position, the planned doctoral student is to participate in one of the scheduled meetings of the Board for Doctoral education at LIME. At this meeting the planned doctoral student is to present him/herself and a research project for instance the student’s master thesis or the research plan for the doctoral project (10 minutes); and then discuss the research project with the board (10-15 minutes). It is mandatory that the presumptive principal supervisor also attends the meeting, and if possible also the co-supervisor(s). The presentation and discussion are to be held in English. There is a maximum of two presenters / planned doctoral students per meeting. 

 

The application for establishment of a new doctoral position will be reviewed at one of the scheduled meetings with the Board for Doctoral education at LIME.

Scheduled meetings for autumn 2021 is:

* November 1

* December 2

A complete application, with all necessary attachments and signatures, are to be submitted three weeks in advance of upcoming board meeting. Note - we have a maximum of TWO applications for externally funded planned doctoral students to present at each meeting. First come, first served.

Regarding how to hand in the application during the corona pandemic - contact administrative officer Ingrid Smedberg by email (ingrid.smedberg@ki.se).

 

Applying for a green light

Applying for a green light to be a new principal supervisor for an earlier accepted doctoral student

A supervisor who wishes to become a new principal supervisor for a an earlier accepted doctoral student at LIME is to hand in:

  1. Form application for green light
  2. Form LIME Financing plan
  3. Fill out, and sign, template letter concerning financial support
  4. Certificate of supervisor training and web course (web course not older than five years)
  5. Form change of supervisor group

Read more on our page regarding "Supervision".

Applying for a green light to use when applying for KID funds or likewise

If you only want to apply for a green light to be a principal supervisor at LIME, for instance before applying for funding from KID or likewise (and not plan for apply for establishment for a new doctoral position until a later stage), you are expected to attach the following information in separate documents to your green light application: 

  1. Form application for green light
  2. Form LIME Financing plan 
  3. Certificate of supervisor training and web course (web course not older than five years)
  4. Your CV, max 2-3 pages
  5. A description of your thoughts about the planned supervisor constellation for the project.  
  6. A list of the doctoral students that you have had which have finished their education with you as their principal supervisor or as a co-supervisor; and also a list of the doctoral students you have today as a principal or co-supervisor (if any); or if you have no previous experience of supervising doctoral students, please describe your reflections concerning the question “How to provide good supervision to the presumptive doctoral student?”. 

 

Regarding how to hand in the application during the corona pandemic - contact administrative officer Ingrid Smedberg by email (ingrid.smedberg@ki.se).

 

Step 2. Advertisement, recruitment and assessment of general eligibility

After approval of establishment of a new doctoral position and an approved green light for principal supervisor there are two different processes that follow in step 2, depending on whether the doctoral student will be recruited by advertising or if there is an exemption from advertising.

If the planned doctoral student is to be recruited through advertisement

  1. Contact HR and create an advertisement
    To advertise the doctoral position, send an email to hr@lime.ki.se with a copy of the approved establishment decision, with your research group leader as 'CC' (copy) in the email. After your first contact with HR, they will provide you with support during the whole recruitment process. The next step is to create an advertisement for the position. HR will provide you with templates.
     
  2. Evaluate the applications and general eligibility assessments
    After last application day for the doctoral position, the supervisor evaluates and chooses four or less applicants and flags the chosen applicants in KIs recruitment system Varbi. The general eligibility assessment is carried out by the University Administration (UF) with the assistance of HR. HR will be notified when the assessment is done and the status of the applicants will be “eligible” or “not eligible” in Varbi.
     
  3. Interview eligible candidates
    After the eligibility assessment, the recruiting supervisor contacts the eligible candidates for an interview. HR will participate as support during the interviews. As final step; contact two references of the best candidate.
     
  4. Write a justification for the selected candidate
    Write a justification of the choice of candidate. The justification should be signed by you, the main supervisor, as well as the research group leader. Send the signed original to HR. You will also need to attach a copy of this justification to the application for admission form, in the next step of the process. When the main supervisor has selected a candidate for the doctoral position, a notification is sent to the University Administration officers. An 'eligibility statement' will be available for the selected candidate in Varbi that needs to be attached to the form for the admission decision. After admission, a decision is also taken on employment for those doctoral positions that has been advertised.

Remember that you can contact HR for any additional support during all steps of the process.

If exemption from the requirement to advertise is approved

  1. Contact doctoral education administration

    The principal supervisor or the planned doctoral student contacts the administrative officer for doctoral education at LIME regarding assessment of general eligibility for the planned doctoral student: ingrid.smedberg@ki.se For planned doctoral students outside Sweden, this must be done before arrival. The application of eligibility is handled by the University Administration who will contact the planned doctoral student with further instructions on how to upload the relevant documents in the recruitment system Varbi for the purposes of eligibility assessment. If a planned doctoral student is considered eligible, an eligibility statement is sent to him/her and the supervisor. This statement is then to be printed out and appended to the admission decision application.
     
  2. The planned doctoral student is to have participated in one of the scheduled meetings of the Board for Doctoral education at LIME. Read more about that above (Step 1).

Read more about entry requirements (eligibility) for doctoral education on KI central pages.

 

Step 3. Admission decision

The admission decision for a doctoral position is made by the head of the Department, based on the recommendation of the director of doctoral education.

Submit the form “Admission decision”, together with mandatory attachments listed below (also listed on the form), printed on single-sided paper to administrative officer Ingrid Smedberg, who will forward the documents to the director of doctoral education and the head of the department. Post box on floor 4, LIME.

Regarding how to hand in the application during the coronavirus pandemic - contact administrative officer Ingrid Smedberg by email (ingrid.smedberg@ki.se).

Form Admission decision, with attachments:

  1. Eligibility statement
  2. Description of the selection process and how ability and suitability has been assessed
  3. Certificate of supervisor training (principal supervisor) 
  4. CV of applicant
  5. Documents proving participation in collaboration programme with double degree, if any
  6. Revised financing plan (only if the situation has changed since the financial plan was approved at the time of establishment of the doctoral position)

Note that the date of decision is not necessarily the date when the studies start, for example if the student has not arrived to Sweden when the decision is made. After admission, a decision is also taken on employment for those doctoral positions that has been advertised. Within one month of the start of the studies (which can differ from date for admission), the supervisor and doctoral student must submit a proposed individual study plan. Read more under Step 4 below.

 

Step 4. Individual study plan (ISP) and ISP-seminar

The Higher Education Ordinance (chap. 6, section 29) requires that an individual study plan (ISP) shall be drawn up for each doctoral student. The ISP describes the scientific project, the courses and other learning activities planned, and how the student, within the research field in question and on the basis of the specific project, is to attain the intended learning outcomes of doctoral education.

NEW! Digital Individual Study Plan (ISP)

The Digital Individual Study Plan (ISP) was launched at KI February 1st 2021. All doctoral students admitted from February 2021 is to use the ISP-system for their new Individual Study Plan. The Individual Study Plan (ISP) is written by the doctoral student together and in agreement with their supervisors.

The Principal supervisor will get ISP-access from the administrative officer for doctoral education after the doctoral student is admitted and registered in Ladok. The doctoral student is granted access automatically after the admission is registered in Ladok and the KI-ID is activated. The administrative officer for doctoral education will also give ISP-access to all co-supervisors.

It is only a principal supervisor who can create a new ISP. As soon as the principal supervisor clicks Save the doctoral student can access the ISP in the system. The doctoral student and the principal supervisors must approve each others edits in the ISP-system in order to able to send the ISP forward to the Study Director.

Please learn more about the ISP-system on this educational KI page (leaving LIME page):

The ISP-system

Teaching is mandatory part of the research education at LIME for doctoral students admitted October 1st 2020 and later

As of October 1st 2020 all newly admitted doctoral students at the department of LIME is to plan for 1,5 credits for teaching activities in their individual study plans (1,5 credits is equivalent to 40 working hours including preparation). This makes LIME one of the first departments at KI to include teaching as a mandatory part of the research education. Teaching is to be carried out within the doctoral students "own research field for practical pedagogical training", which can include teaching about e.g. scientific methods and problems of philosophy of science. Teaching activities can for example consist of lecturing in a classroom environment, or supervising students' project works at undergraduate levels. It can be performed at LIME or at other departments at other universities. Of course, also doctoral students at LIME registered before 1 October 2020 are encouraged to participate in teaching activities as part of their development within the academy. For more information see the document below (in Swedish) or contact the director of doctoral education at LIME, Lars E Eriksson.

Decision by Head of Department LIME, dnr 1-578/2020

The ISP process

  1. Construction of the ISP in the ISP-system is to begin the moment doctoral studies starts (the doctoral student is admitted and registered in Ladok). 
  2. The doctoral student and supervisor are to submit a proposed ISP within ONE month after starting doctoral studies. Note that start of studies can differ from date for admission and that research and financing plan have already been prepared, see earlier steps 1 and 3. 
  3. The director of doctoral education makes sure that it is correctly completed and thorough.
  4. The ISP seminar (read more about how to arrange an ISP seminar at LIME below)
  5. The director of doctoral education approves the ISP after the ISP seminar. All doctoral students must have their ISP approved and adopted within three months of the commencement of studies.

How to arrange the ISP seminar at LIME

The ISP seminar is to serve as an introductory seminar and to welcome the new doctoral student, as well as to provide the doctoral student with an opportunity to present the research project from his/her perspective and to obtain feedback on it.

  • The seminar is to be held in English and is to be advertised (see point 2 below) publicly
  • Participation is mandatory for principal supervisor, co-supervisors are expected to participate but it is not mandatory
  • Maximum one hour long seminar
  • Principal supervisor, together with the doctoral student, leads the meeting
  • The main focus is on the research plan, courses and the time plan for the doctoral project. Time plan detailing data collection, data analysis, manuscript writing for all sub-studies, and courses. It may also be a good idea to clarify what parts of the research the doctoral student will perform and what parts of the research that will be done by others and what have already been done. 
  • A member from the Board for doctoral education at LIME will participate at the ISP seminar.

The Board member fills out and signs a protocol that afterwards is handed in to director of doctoral education, before the ISP is approved. All doctoral students must have their ISP approved and adopted within three months of the commencement of studies.

  1. Contact director of doctoral education at LIME, Lars E Eriksson, at least two weeks before the planned ISP seminar: lars.eriksson@ki.se
  2. Contact webmaster at LIME for publishing this event on the LIME web calendar: kommunikation@lime.ki.se
  3. Principal supervisor is to send an invitation by email to all staff@lime.ki.se with information about what it is (ISP seminar, name of project), when it is (date and time), where it is (room and floor) and who will be there (doctoral student's name, supervisors' names)

Contact administrative officer for doctoral education at LIME:

Ingrid Smedberg

Administrative officer for doctoral education at LIME