Applying for funding for freestanding doctoral courses

Denna sida på svenska

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, basic laboratory safety and quality assurance of clinical research.
  4. Courses that do not fit into one or more of KIs doctoral programmes, but meet the following criteria:
    a. 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

Standard amounts according to the list below apply to courses up to 3 hp credits (corresponding to two full-time course weeks). 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 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, post docs at KI and doctoral students from other national or international institutions. 

Application is made to the Course and programme committee at one occasion per semester (see current deadlines) and decisions are usually taken at two following meetings. 

In the decision on 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.

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

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

Granted funding can be used 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 Course and programme committee can reimburse the department for extraordinary costs, for example external teachers with unique competence, laboratory activities that require extra resources, special materials. This requires a motivation and a budget. Funds cannot be used for expenses related to catering / refreshments.


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

CourseDoctoral educationTeacher