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Inclusive Internationalisation

Inclusive Internationalisation is a programme targeted at newcomers with a research background in need of re-orientation for the Swedish labor market. The programme requires that you have a PhD.

The programme mitigates the challenges that arise when you move from an academic career in your home country and need to establish yourself in the Swedish labor market. There are tangible differences in university systems, research traditions, employment conditions and career opportunities. The programme supports the participants in identifying the differences and developing a strategy for how to become employable in Sweden.

The programme aims to give you:

  • an increased understanding of career paths for individuals with a PhD, inside and outside of academia
  • an increased understanding of transferable skills (from previously acquired knowledge and experience) that are valuable in the Swedish labor market
  • tools to develop your own portfolio


The programme consists of a workshop series in four parts. Each workshop has a specific theme, and it is mandatory to be able to participate in all in order to get the most out of the programme. In each workshop, representatives from Swedish employers will be present. Between each workshop you will have small assignments to prepare. See more details on the workshops below.

You will get a certificate of participation after the last workshop. This is conditioned on your full participation in workshops and assignments.

Requirements for signing up

  • PhD* obtained outside of Sweden
  • Good understanding of English and ability to engage actively in a conversation
  • Maximum 5 years in Sweden
  • Proof of education level

We collaborate with Arbetsförmedlingen. Thus, you can combine your participation with other activities, such as language training, and still get your financial support from Arbetsförmedlingen. Please get in contact with your advisor at Arbetsförmedlingen at the same time you sign up.

* If you have not been able to finalise your PhD, you need to have at least 2 years of documented fulltime PhD studies.

Workshop programme

Workshop 1: PhD-education in Sweden.

October 18, 2019, 14.00-16.00
A PhD-education is at the core of a research career. During their PhD-education students are exposed to both generic and specific education essential for researchers. This workshop introduces you to the characteristics of PhD-education in Sweden. What are the criteria for admission to PhD-education in Sweden? What are the frameworks for Swedish PhD education? What are the skills obtained beyond the formal learning within the research area?

In the workshop you will meet both academics working with PhD education at one of the four Swedish universities part of the project. You will also meet international PhD-students and post-docs sharing their experience.

Workshop 2: The labor market for researchers outside of academia

November 6, 2019, 14.00-16.00
The competition to get a research position at a Swedish university is very high. There are numerous employers outside of academia interested in employing persons with a research background. During this workshop you will meet some of those. They will explain what formal and informal competences and personal qualities they are looking for when employing.

Workshop 3: CV and cover letter

November 13, 2019, 14.00-16.00
A good CV and cover letter adapted to the position you are applying for is one of the keys to employment. During this workshop you will be introduced to examples of advertised positions both within and outside academia. A career coach will guide you in how to highlight your formal competences and personal qualities into a CV and cover letter adapted to the job you are applying for.

Workshop 4: Wrap-up

November 27, 2019 14.00-16.00
During this final workshop we will discuss competences and skills in relation to employability. You will also get input on your CV adapted to the learning outcomes of workshop 3. Representatives from academia and the private sector will take part in the workshop together with a career coach.


If you are interested in the programme, please fill in and submit the application form here:

Please prepare to send the following documents by email to:

  • CV
  • Validation of study (if available, otherwise certificate of education)

Deadline for registration: October 1st 2019.
If you have any questions, please email Sarah Blichfeldt at

Inclusive Internationalisation is organized by the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology, University of Borås and University West and in collaboration with the Swedish Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen). It is partly funded by STINT.

Page Manager: Karolina Catoni|Last update: 8/23/2019

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