Nov 12 2022

Doing PhD in Sweden

Sven Johanson


Sweden is one of the most peaceful and prosperous countries in the world.
Sweden's universities are always on the top list and hot research topics like  automation and robotics, telecommunications, . There are a lot of benefits and supportive conditions for your PhD career.

PhD is a job

In Sweden, if you do PhD, you will be treated as an employee. It means that you get salary, and many other benefits. Your salary is often 18000 -21000 SEK after tax. It is more than enough to live and you can save a lot if you don’t have family.  

How long does it take?

- The total time for PhD in Sweden is often from 4-5 years.

- If you have to do PhD in 5 years, it means that you need to teach 20% and do research 80%.

- If you only have to do in 4 years, it means that you work full time for research (100%).

What is benefits?

- If you have baby during your stay in Sweden, you will get a lot of benefit, i.e., you can stay at home with your kids up to 180 days (called parental leave) and still get 80% PhD salary. Your PhD contract also be extended if you take a parental leave.

- You will have around 28 days/year for taking vacation with full salary.

- Your university often pay the mobile phone, computers, and bill for your phone monthly.

- You and your family almost don’t have to pay the fee for medical and education for kids and family member.

- Your kid will be received an allowance around 1300 SEK/month until he/she is 18 year old.

- Your kid does not have to pay any fee for dental checking and treatment until he/she 18 year old.  

- After staying 5 years in Sweden with fully tax payment, you have a high chance to become a Sweden citizenship.

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