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How do I become a doctoral student at LTH?

LTH lays strong emphasis on recruiting students who have good potential to benefit from research studies. Information about research studies is available from LTH departments and in the form of talks, information meetings, attendance at careers fairs, brochures and websites.

If you are interested in applying for research studies, you are advised to first contact the department where you would like to study. The departments provide information about how research studies are conducted in the subject, what possible research assignments are available, sources of funding, etc.

Vacancies
Those who are admitted to research studies at LTH are usually also appointed as an employee on a doctoral studentship at the department. 
See which departments have vacancies for doctoral students.

Studying with a doctoral studentship
Recruitment of a new doctoral student usually commences with the department obtaining funding for a doctoral studentship. Once the funding is secured, the doctoral studentship vacancy is advertised with concurrent admission to research studies.

Studying with alternative sources of funding
If a student place is not linked to a doctoral studentship and the doctoral student is funding his or her studies in another way, the student is said to have “alternative funding”. For research studies at LTH, doctoral grants or student finance are not acceptable means of funding, because they do not offer adequate conditions for the student.

If a student place is financed with alternative funding, a vacancy does not have to be announced. The funding is often linked to a specific candidate in order to enable exchange with industry or other countries. Examples of this type of funding are industry-employed doctoral students and international doctoral students who have funding from their home country.

Am I eligible for research studies?
In order to be admitted to research studies, you must meet all the admission requirements, see syllabi/research studies subjects. You must also be considered in other respects to have the ability required to complete the programme.

For more detailed information about admissions, eligibility, selection and funding, see LTH’s research studies regulations.