Sixteen Doctoral students within the Newbreed – “Successful Ageing” doctoral programme Örebro University Sweden

Sixteen Doctoral students within the Newbreed – “Successful Ageing” doctoral programme

Örebro University is currently offering doctoral research study opportunities within the Newbreed programme, part-funded by a grant from the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND programme. For candidates successfully completing the programme, the outcome will be the award of the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The start date of the programme is in Spring 2018.

Population ageing is undoubtedly a major challenge for the coming generations, and this therefore requires a “new breed” of researchers. The NEWBREED doctoral programme addresses this challenge through an interdisciplinary approach under the broad theme of ”successful ageing”.

In NEWBREED, the term “successful ageing” refers to the various processes that work towards supporting meaningful and (inter-)active life across the lifespan. As such, successful ageing is an umbrella term that encompasses biological, psychological, social, societal, and technological processes, and importantly their interaction and intersections, as well as questions of ageism, age relations and intergenerational relations. The NEWBREED doctoral programme also encompasses: the differences of emphasis between, inter alia, successful, active, positive and model ageing; the critiques of such concepts and traditions; and their practical, policy and theoretical implications.

The NEWBREED doctoral programme invites applicants within the following disciplines: Biology, Computer Science, Business Administration, Chemistry, Criminology, Culinary Arts & Food Science, Disability Studies, Economics, Education, English, Gender Studies, History, Human Geography, Informatics, Legal science, Literature, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Media and Communication Studies, Medicine (including Biomedicin, Medicin, Nursing Science, and Surgical science), Musicology, Occupational Therapy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Rhetoric, Social Work, Sociology, Sports Science, Statistics, and Swedish Language.

Please refer to the Newbreed website for information about the programme, eligibility requirements and instructions on how to apply.

Themes of the Newbreed doctoral programme

The programme is divided into four themes (described below) and applicants are asked to apply within a specific theme:

Online information

Information on admission to the programme, application form, the general syllabus for the subject, the Regulations Handbook, and other information can be found on Örebro University’s webpage for research student information: You can find information about “How to apply for admission to doctoral studies” below.

More information on the Newbreed doctoral programme can be found on the programme website:

The programme

The successful candidates will be offered positions in the research study programme concluding with the award of a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The programme comprises 240 credits, which corresponds to four years of full-time study. Extensions to the study period can be granted, for instance to compensate for any sick leave and parental leave.

Information on the programme content and organisation can be found on the programme website ( and in the Guide for Applicants.

Doctoral studentships

The positions are offered as full-time doctoral studentships for the duration of the study programme. Doctoral students within the Newbreed programme will conduct part of their studentship within secondments to partner organisations within academia, industry, the public sector, and civil society. The initial salary for a doctoral studentship is 25,800 SEK per month.

Entry requirements and selection

For admission to research studies, applicants are required to meet general and specific entry requirements. In addition, they shall be considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the programme. For a full account of the entry requirements, refer to the admissions regulations as well as to Annex 2 to the general syllabus for the subject.

Applicants meet the general entry requirements for research studies if they have:

  1. been awarded a qualification at the Master’s level, or
  2. satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits (four years) of which at least 60 credits (one year) were awarded at the Master’s level, or
  3. acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way.

Applicants with credits or qualifications from undergraduate programmes under the previous Swedish higher education system corresponding to these entry requirements are also eligible. The University may permit exemptions from the entry requirements for individual applicants, if there are special grounds.

For applicants to meet the specific entry requirements for research studies in the subject they apply within, the requirements listed in the Guide for Applicants.

Applicants who have acquired substantially corresponding knowledge, in Sweden or abroad, may also meet the specific entry requirements. Applicants with credits or qualifications from undergraduate programmes under the previous Swedish higher education system corresponding to these entry requirements are also eligible.

The assessment whether an applicant has such ability in other respects to benefit from the programme shall be made based on prior courses and programmes taken by the applicant, on other previous activities, as well as on the essays and other independent projects of a scholarly nature that have been submitted by the applicant.

Within the Newbreed doctoral programme, the mobility rules of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions apply. Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Sweden for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline.

Furthermore, to be eligible to be enrolled as a doctoral student within the Newbreed doctoral programme, applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

In selecting between applicants, their ability to benefit from research studies shall be taken into account (see the university’s selection criteria, annex 2 to the general syllabus for the subject of interest). If applicants are found to have equal merits, preference will be given to applicants of the underrepresented sex. The term underrepresented sex here refers to if and when the share of either female or male students enrolled on the research study programme in the subject amounts to less than 40 per cent.


Application is made online. Click the “Apply” button to begin the application procedure. Please refer to the Newbreed website for information about the programme, eligibility requirements and instructions on how to apply. When applying for admission to research studies, always include:

  • Application form for admission to research studies.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Proof of completed higher education, and if applicable degree certificates.
  • Independent project (degreeproject).
  • Project description (entered through the application system).

As a general rule, applications and enclosures should be written in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or English. Documents written in other languages must be translated into Swedish or English by an authorised translator. A list of authorised translators can be obtained from the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (

When assessing higher education credentials from abroad, Örebro University follows the principles for validation applied by the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR).

Applicants with higher education qualifications from abroad can contact UHR ( to have their qualifications assessed.

An application for admission to the programme is by default also an application for a doctoral studentship.

Your application, marked with the appropriate ref. no., must be submitted via the "Go to application page" button no later than October, 16 2017.

We respectfully decline any contact with advertisers or recruitment agencies in the recruitment process.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 754285.

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