Dear PhD Candidates,

Welcome (back!) to KTH for the 2015-2016 academic year. As you may have noticed there are already updates posted for this year on events past and upcoming of interest for you. This post in particular is about the PhD Chapter’s love for your research and your rights as PhD candidates.

The new PhD Chapter board was elected at our summer meeting June 5th, 2015. Some focus areas this year is to increasingly use the website to give you updates on how to get involved, who to contact for your questions and allow you to join or create projects that the PhD Chapter should work with. Some highlights in our ongoing work are: 

  1. Equality: Specifically terms and conditions for employed PhDs and PhD stipendiates, as well as addressing LGBTQ-equality,
  2. E-Quality: Develop the website to support you and friends to organize within and between the KTH-schools you are researching at,
  3. Quality: A pedagogical program is under development that both involves our own education and teaching opportunities. Part of this is to move forward on previous issues like standardised course evaluation but also for KTH to adopt more progressive aims and rules for how to improve its PhD programs.

You are always, at any time of the day or from any part of the world, welcome to join the PhD Chapter in these and other projects, suggest challenges to be addressed and be part of our school councils and working groups. 

Additionally, you can of course always contact us if you have any issues or have any conflicts to be resolved within your PhD studies. It is our job to help you overcome these as well as representing  all PhD candidates at KTH.   


We look forward to keep you posted on coming events and talk soon.

Live, learn and prosper,


Johan Gärdebo

KTH PhD Chapter Chairman 2015/16

Monika Topel

KTH PhD Chapter Vice-Chairman 2015/16

KTH PhD Chapter supported Stockholm Pride 2015

PhD Chapter attended the Pride Parade on Saturday August 1st with SFS and showed support for equality.

New Board Elected

A new board was elected at the chapter meeting on June 5th and will they assume their elected roles July 1st. Congratulations to the new board members and good luck in 2015-2016!

Chairperson - Johan Gärdebo

Vice Chairperson - Monika Topel

Board Members

Arash Safari Nick

Abbos Ismoilov

Aziza Al Ghafri

Didem Gurdur

Maria Xylia

Omar Shafqat

Summer Chapter Meeting & BBQ

The PhD Chapter's annual meeting followed by our classic BBQ cook out is going to be held on June 5th at T-centralen. Come and help elect the new board and presidium followed by some delicious food and ice cold beer. You must sign up in our google docs so we know how much food we need to buy. You can also join our Facebook Event!


Date: Friday June 5th

Place: T-Centralen

Time:     5PM followed by BBQ cookout

Cost: 40 SEK Members, 60 SEK non-members

Register for the event. 

Chapter Meeting

We are still looking for more members to join the 2015-2016 board. Specifically, we would like somebody to arrange 2 sport events or activities (one in the fall and spring) and a person to help our arrange next year's career event. We also need people to help arrange the pubs next year. Please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested. 


2015-2016 Board Candidates

Chairperson - Johan Gärdebo

Vice Chairperson - Monika Topel

Board Members

Anna Svensson

Arash Safari Nick

Abbos Ismoilov

 Didem Gurdur

 Aziza Al Ghatti

 Maria Xylia

Revised PhD Salary Ladder

Step 1 is raised from 26,400 SEK/month to 27,400 SEK/month

Step 2 is raised from 27,400 SEK/month to 28,100 SEK/month

Step 3 is raised from 29,400 SEK/month to 30,000 SEK/month

Step 4 is raised from 31,400 SEK/month to 32,000 SEK/month

The new salary goes into effect in May and is retroactive since October, 2014. 

What is written in the ISP governs if a PhD candidate advances up the salary ladder. See more information about ISP in the menu to the left.


Diversity at KTH

Board member Anna Svensson was written an article for Osqledaren where she discusses the importance of diversity at KTH and compares it to her own field of research: botanical history with an emphasis on the 17th century. The article is in Swedish, but it provides an interesting perspective on diversity at KTH. 


Clarification Regarding Income during Unemployment

The PhD Chapter has received many emails in regard to the new  income during unemployment rules for PhD candidates. Therefore, we have attempted to clarify the rules and post them as a permanent feature on our website in the information section. 

There are two sources of income during unemployment:

1) Unemployment reimbursement (arbetslöshetsersättningen) – up to 80% of your income with a maximum limit of 18 700 SEK per month (if you are a member of AEA and have been a member for at least 12 months). The unemployment reimbursement is represented as orange and blue in the bar chart. You are entitled to 300 days of unemployment reimbursement.

2) Unemployment insurance or “omställningsavtalet”     (inkomstutfyllnaden) – You can receive up to 80% of you old salary if you are a PhD candidate employed by the state (scholarship PhD candidates are not employed by the state). The unemployment insurance pays the difference between 80% of your maximum salary and the 18 700 SEK maximum limit from the unemployment reimbursement. The unemployment insurance is represented in red in the bar chart. The new rules no longer consider PhD candidates permanent employees, which entitles PhD candidates to 44 days of unemployment insurance. After 44 days you will only receive the unemployment reimbursement (680 SEK per day or 320 SEK per day).

The sources of income during unemployment are graphically illustrated in the bar chart below. 

Requirements to receive full benefits during unemployment

•If you have not been a member of a-kassan for at least 12-months you will receive a basic compensation (320 SEK/day) and “omställningsavtalet” reimburses the 80% of your salary as if you would have received 680 SEK/day. “Omställningsavtalet” does not cover the money lost between 680 and 320 SEK/Day.

•If you receive full reimbursement from a-kassan (680 SEK/day) the “omställningsavtal” will pay the remainder balance so you receive 80% of your previous salary.

•If you have been employed for 3 years you are entitled to 44 days unemployment insurance through “omställningsavtalet”.

•To receive unemployment insurance you must also receive unemployment reimbursement from a-kassan.

Links to Additional Information


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Fun in the (indoor) Sun

The PhD chapter dipped our collective feet in the sand last Saturday as we hosted our first volleyball event! The florescent sun was shining and the indoor weather was perfect. What more could you ask for on a late-March-day in Sweden? We hope you can join us for some fun at our next event!