Forte is calling for proposals in respect of a grant to enable two higher education institutions to jointly lead a programme of PhD studies. Starting in 2019, the PhD studies are to offer around 30 places spread across three annual intakes. The studies are to give social services professionals the opportunity of gaining a licentiate degree within four years.

The aims of the PhD studies are to contribute to the long-term expansion of expertise and knowledge in the social services as well as to increase collaboration between higher education institutions and social services. For people working in the social services, the PhD studies are to provide third-cycle study courses and programmes enabling them to gain licentiate degrees within no more than four years. These courses and programmes shall help to strengthen client and practice-oriented research in the area and increase the number of social workers with third-cycle qualifications in social services.

The PhD studies are to be led by two higher education institutions which, working in collaboration, will be in charge of the study courses and programmes. To achieve national coverage, the applicant higher education institutions are to run the PhD studies in networks with other higher education institutions. The specialisations of the various institutions and of the research projects are to be based on issues and needs within the profession. The involvement of professionals will integrate their knowledge and proven experience into the courses, programmes and research projects. Besides including both quantitative and qualitative research initiatives and methods (as well as combinations of these), courses and programmes shall involve several different disciplines.

Spread across three annual intakes starting in 2019, the PhD studies are to cater for a total of 30 social services professionals. Leading to a licentiate degree, courses and programmes shall entail a 50 – 60 per cent full-time study commitment.

The call in brief

Type of grant: PhD studies

Grant period: 7 years

Applicants: Organisations (Swedish universities or university colleges)

Budget framework: Max. SEK 88 million

Call closes: 15 May 2018, 14:00

Interviews with selected applicants: 4-5 September 2018

Grant decisions: 28 August 2018

Grant period starts: December 2018

Further details of the call and how to apply can be found in the files attached below.