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Lund University School of Economics and Management

Financing your studies

Employment or External funding

At the School of Economics and Management, there are two different possible forms of study finance: employment under a doctoral studentship, or external funding. External funding can consist of employment outside the University or a scholarship from an external source – i.e. scholarships established by an organisation other than Lund University.

Doctoral studentship (doktorandanställning)

Salary levels

There is a special performance based salary ladder for PhD students employed on doctoral studentships. The salary ladder has three levels: 60 credits, 120 credits and 180 credits. When the PhD student has reached these levels in her/his PhD studies the salary may be increased.

Application for a new salary according to the abovementioned levels should be filled out by the supervisor and sent to the administrator for PhD studies. The form can be found in the menu to the right.

Departmental duties

A PhD student can take part in departmental work not exceeding 20% of total study time. This work is to be distributed in such a way as to develop the PhD student’s research. The PhD student is to be compensated with an equivalent extension of the total study time.

PhD students who engage in teaching are to undergo at least two weeks’ training in teaching and learning in higher education.

Extension of doctoral studentships

If a PhD student at Lund University has been on leave/been absent due to illness, parental leave and leave of absence for military service, or due to an elected position within a trade union, the PhD student’s employment shall be extended on the doctoral student’s request.

For the right to have your doctoral studentship extended, except in cases of departmental duties, you must have reported your sick leave, or been granted leave in accordance with the established laws and agreements, and according to the procedures at the respective faculties.


As a scholarship holder, you will get up to 4 years of study as a PhD student, with a minimum of SEK 12.712/month (2015).

This also includes:

When you are a scholarship holder, you do not pay taxes and you do not receive a salary. This also means that you will not get pension contributions or holiday pay.

You can read more about scholarships and insurance for scholarship holders at Lund University Staff Pages.