Call for affiliated PhD students – Autumn 2021

The Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program – Humanity and Society (WASP-HS) hereby announces a call for PhD students to be affiliated with the WASP-HS Graduate School. The deadline for application is 15th October.

The purpose of the WASP-HS affiliated student program is to provide the opportunity for a limited number of PhD students from Swedish universities not funded by WASP-HS to be part of the WASP-HS Graduate School.

Eligibility criteria

For PhD students to be accepted to the affiliation program, they must satisfy the following:

  • The student is currently enrolled as PhD student at a Swedish university, with an academic component of at least 80% FTE.
  • The research topic must be in the WASP-HS area.
  • The student has started the PhD studies no earlier than 1st June 2021.
  • The student has a strong academic track record.

Commitment from PhD student, supervisor and employing university

  • The student is committed to take part in the WASP-HS courses and activities.
  • The supervisor and employing university guarantee that student will have the opportunity to participate in all courses and activities of the WASP-HS graduate school.
  • The supervisor commits to actively contribute to activities of WASP-HS.
  • The employing university has full responsibility for the financing of the student including salary, office space, indirect costs, regular travel costs, and travel costs to all WASP-HS courses and activities.

Commitment from the WASP-HS Graduate School

If admitted, the affiliated PhD student will gain full access to the WASP-HS Graduate School on the same terms as graduate school PhD students funded by WASP-HS, except that affiliated students will have to cover their own costs. If the affiliated PhD student satisfies the requirements, he or she will get a WASP-HS PhD Certificate/Diploma. WASP-HS will offer possibilities for participating in courses, arenas, conferences, international trips, summer schools and other activities.

The application should contain the following:

  • Completed application form in English Call for affiliated PhD students 2021.
  • Student CV (max. 2 pages).
  • Supervisor CV (max. 2 pages)
  • A letter of recommendation from the supervisor motivating why the student should be accepted to the program (max. 1 page).
  • The name of a reference person currently associated with WASP-HS (e.g. member of the board, of the management team or participating in current WASP-HS projects) if the supervisor is not part of a current WASP-HS project.

Application Process

  • Applications must be submitted via email to using the template available in the WASP-HS webpage.
  • Questions about this application should be directed to the WASP-HS Graduate School director; via email:
  • Deadline for applications is 15th October.
  • The WASP-HS management team will review the applications based on the selection criteria and make a recommendation to the WASP-HS board who makes the final decision.
  • Selection process will take into account the follwoing criteria:
    • the current representation of the hosting institution of candidates and supervisors (universities department/institutes) in the WASP-HS program; 
    • the current representation of the candidates’ topics in the WASP-HS program
    • the potential contribution to WASP-HS both by a PhD student and their supervisors.
  • Decisions will be announced in December 2021. Accepted students are expected to start in with the second WASP-HS student cohort in January 2022.

Further information

Download the application form Call for affiliated PhD students 2021. Please fill in the form in English.