New Higher Education Ordinance - limitations in doctoral scholarships
The government has decided that scholarships for doctoral students may last no longer than one year, after which time the student must be employed. The new rule will apply to students in Sweden who begin their doctoral education after 1 July 2018.
“Which exemptions that may be granted at KI has yet to be looked into, and it will then probably apply to established collaborations on a university level,” says Dean of Doctoral Education Marianne Schultzberg. “We will be issuing more information about this as soon as further analysis has been performed.”
The new ordinance also provides that all scholarship-financed doctoral students are to be paid at the same salary level as their employed peers. This was introduced and has been praxis at KI since 2011. The insurance that the university takes out through its agreement with the Legal, Financial & Administrative Services Agency will also be extended if a doctoral scholarship has to be prolonged in the event of sickness or parental leave.
“It is excellent that the government has taken these decisions on payment and insurance to guarantee socioeconomic security for doctoral students,” says Dean of Doctoral Education Marianne Schultzberg. “However, there is a risk that the requirement for employment from the second year will cause a drop in the number of international doctoral students, which KI has commented upon 2016 in the comment letter to the proposals put forward in the report entitled Trygghet och attraktivitet – en forskarkarriär för framtiden” (SOU 2016:29) (in Swedish). There is also a risk that it will particularly affect junior researchers, who generally have smaller grants and who will therefore find it more difficult to finance doctoral positions.”
Government press release (in Swedish)