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Employment, work environment and career development

for PhD students at the Faculty of Social Sciences

Salary increase in stages - your responsibility

It is the responsibility of the doctoral student to ensure that applications for salary increase are submitted when the necessary credits have been earned. The doctoral student’s salary is increased in stages according to a salary ladder on completion of 60 credits, 120 credits and 180 credits, respectively. The application is to be signed by the supervisor and the head of department and submitted to the HR coordinator at your department. Retroactive payments are limited to a 6-month period.

The credits are to be calculated as 60 credits = one year of full-time studies within your PhD education in the form of doctoral courses and/or dissertation work (time for departmental duties such as teaching, leave of absence etc is not included in the basis for the salary increase).

Application form for new salary level (PDF 780 kB, new tab)

Extension of employment 

If you are employed as a doctoral student you are entitled to receive an extension of your employment to compensate for time spent performing duties as a student representative at Lund University.

Read more about extension of employment in the decision on the Lund University Staff page (PDF, new tab) 

Extensions of employment due to the Covid-19 pandemic

For some doctoral students, the corona pandemic and its restrictions have meant delays and that the PhD education cannot be completed within four years (full-time).

Read more about managing the extension of doctoral employment due to the corona pandemic. (PDF 386 kB, new tab)

Work environment and health

All PhD students can turn to the Occupational Health Service for questions on work environment, rehabilitation and work-related illness.

Occupational Health Service

For other questions regarding employment, work environment, gender equality, equal opportunities and diversity please see the faculty staff page Employment.


Career development

Lund University offers a broad range of activities that contribute in one way or another to doctoral students’ career development.

Read more about career development for PhD students on the Lund University Staff pages. 

Teacher training courses

PhD students who teach at Bachelor's or Master's level are expected to undergo at least two weeks of education for teaching in higher education.

Read more about courses for teaching in higher education here

Professional development abroad and international partnerships

On the “International Opportunities for Doctoral Students at LU” Canvas page, you can learn about global opportunities for Lund University doctoral students, such as webinars, travel scholarships and competitions. Updates will be published throughout the semester. Do not forget to turn on the notifications to receive live updates!

Register to "International Opportunities for Doctoral Students at LU" in Canvas.

Read more about international opportunities for faculty staff

Read more about summer schools och research conferences for doctoral students at


Information on the faculty’s research representative, library supports for researchers, how to communicate your research, LUCRIS, research funding etc.  

The faculty's internal research information


Helen Wiman
Faculty Coordinator
+46 46 222 48 35
helen [dot] wiman [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se

Student unions

The Social Science Doctoral Student Council (SDR) is a part of Lunds Doctoral Student Union and represents all doctoral students at the faculty. 
Contact: sdr [at] ldk [dot] lu [dot] se
SDR on Facebook

SDR has put together a PhD and Post-doc guide for life at Lund University. The guide is aimed at all new PhD students (especially those who may be unfamiliar with Sweden) at the Faculty of Social Sciences. 

PhD and Post-doc guide for life at Lund University (PDF 692 kB, new tab)