The theme should promote international exchange, both in terms of people and ideas/theories on how to further enhance the quality of research programmes. More points of contact between doctoral students and senior researchers will make the doctoral students more competitive in the labour market, both nationally and internationally.

All themes should be interdisciplinary and have participating teachers from several subjects. The themes should include a wide range of subjects and departments, while focusing on a clearly defined question and/or theory relating to current research in the humanities. New doctorates should have acquired skills that make them competitive outside their own, often quite narrow, thesis topic.

At least two teachers/researchers from two different departments/fields of study should participate in the development of a theme, but one department will coordinate the theme.

A theme should be able to accommodate about 20 doctoral students and run for a period of two years. Themes running longer than two years might be onerous for doctoral students who usually also follow their own department’s seminar series.

A theme should comprise 20 higher education credits, which should be distributed across several smaller credit-bearing components. The credit-bearing components of a theme may include lectures, workshops, seminars, courses, field studies, conferences, etc., with participating teachers from Stockholm University as well as other national and international universities.

Proposals regarding themes and their implementation should be submitted to the Faculty Board of Humanities. Requests to establish a theme should contain an implementation plan (procedures and timetable), the included components (courses, seminars, etc.), planned progression, budget and a plan for evaluating the theme (see the template for requests to establish a theme).

On average, the Faculty of Humanities admits about 40 new doctoral students every year. These doctoral students should have the opportunity to sign up for a theme a year or two into their training. The idea is that themes should be planned to give all doctoral students at the Faculty the option to participate in a theme during their training. Doctoral students should be able to participate in a newly established theme immediately after admission or after a period of study, provided that there is room for this in the course component of their studies. The planned participation in a theme should be documented and followed up in the doctoral student’s individual study plan.

Popular themes should be offered with some periodicity. At least one theme should be offered in English.