Doctoral studies

The focus of research activities at BEEGS is the Baltic Sea Region and Eastern Europe.

During their employment, doctoral students write their theses, take courses and participate in seminars, workshops and conferences. Normally they also work part-time as teaching assistants in undergraduate programmes at Södertörn University. BEEGS' doctoral students receive a salary, office space and other benefits for a period of four years.

BEEGS' doctoral students normally spend a period of their PhD education at CBEES (Centre for Baltic and East European Studies) in a multidisciplinary environment with area specialists, and attend academic events and seminars. During this time, they participate in the doctoral course Contemporary Research into the Baltic Sea Region and Eastern Europe, 7.5 credits, and other courses offered by CBEES/BEEGS. They also participate in an annual internal conference specifically designed for junior scholars to present their ongoing research.

Parallel to these activities at CBEES/BEEGS, doctoral students also take postgraduate courses within their own disciplines and research areas and begin to work on their theses in cooperation with their supervisors. The supervisors may be employed at Södertörn University or at another university.

During their last years, doctoral students continue to participate in activities, postgraduate courses, workshops, conferences, seminars etc. arranged by CBEES/BEEGS, while spending most of their time at the school at Södertörn University that hosts their research area and subject:

Applications for admission are usually invited once per year. For more information about vacant position, please visit Södertörn University vacant positions.

All BEEGS doctoral students take one required course at BEEGS, offered once per year, in addition to the courses offered by their host institutions. BEEGS also offers elective courses, including some which run on a rotating basis and new courses which are offered by visiting researchers. BEEGS even offers courses through summer schools arranged in cooperation with partner universities.

Current doctoral courses

Contemporary Research into the Baltic Sea Region and Eastern Europe

7,5 credits
Professor Joakim Ekman, Professor Mark Bassin

The course is based on a series of topical seminars and lectures where senior researchers present different disciplinary approaches to the study of the Baltic Sea Region and Eastern Europe. At the seminars, and in one written assignment, students are asked to reflect upon these different approaches, and to relate these approaches to their own research. The students are also required to make an oral presentation towards the end of the course, discussing some aspects of contemporary research on the region. Course participants are encouraged to reflect upon different disciplinary, theoretical and methodological approaches, and to relate these different approaches to their own projects.

Research at CBEES/BEEGS focuses on the Baltic Sea Region and Eastern Europe, and successful applicants for studentships must focus their research on this region.

Applications for admission to BEEGS are usually invited once per year and we welcome applicants from all over the world. Research at CBEES/BEEGS focuses on the Baltic Sea Region and Eastern Europe, and successful applicants for studentships must focus their research on this region. We require fluency in English, since this is the working language at CBEES and BEEGS.

Doctoral students spend their first year at CBEES, but are employed by one of the five schools at Södertörn University, and associated with one of four research areas:

Doctoral students receive a salary, office space and other benefits for a period of four years.

For information about BEEGS, please contact: Florence Fröhlig Director of Studies, BEEGS.

In collaboration with other European universities and organizations CBEES offer summer schools for doctoral students. The courses subjects varies from year to year.

2018: Populism and Radical Politics, Across East and West, Right and Left

2017: Identities and Cultural Memory of East and West in the Baltic Sea Region

2016: Cultural Memory of Europe: East and West

For more information, please contact: summeruniversity@sh.se