Call for Proposals — Ragnar Söderberg Postdoctoral Fellowship in Law 2022

29 apr, 2022 | Call for proposals

Ragnar Söderbergs stiftelse announces grants for postdoctoral fellowships in law, with the possibility for a research stay abroad:


Open call

1 September – 6 October 2022 by 15:00 CET

Note that both the applicant and the Head of Department are required to electronically sign the application (using Swedish Bank-ID) before the call closes.

How to apply

A link to the online grant platform will be published here when the call opens on 1 September 2022.

Objectives of the call

To provide prominent early-career researchers in law with substantial funding that allows them to advance in their academic career.

To support excellent and novel research in law.

To promote international networking and collaboration by offering grant holders the opportunity to apply for additional funding for research stays at universities abroad.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible the applicant must hold a Swedish PhD in law or an equivalent foreign degree awarded after 6 October 2019 and before the call closes. The period may be extended by a maximum of 2 years to allow for career breaks that took place after the doctoral degree was awarded. Eligible reasons for extension are continuous periods of at least 1 month of parental leave, long-term illness, or care for a close family member. Such breaks should be supported by documentation from Försäkringskassan (or similar).

Furthermore, the applicant must be employed full-time at a Swedish university[1] for the duration of the grant period, with 80% of the time devoted to research (funded by the grant) and 20% to teaching (funded by the university).

Ragnar Söderbergs stiftelse welcomes applications from researchers that are not yet established in Sweden. In such cases, the researcher must be employed at a Swedish university by the start of the grant period. Since the application must be signed by the Head of Department the necessary arrangements with the host institution in Sweden needs to be made well in advance.


The grant

The grant may be used for salary and direct project related cost of the applicant. It must not be used to fund other employees.

Eligible costs are:

  • 80 % of the salary for of a full-time employment at a Swedish university for 2 years, the remaining 20% for teaching should be fully financed by the university,
  • project-related costs, such as costs for data collecting, conferences, publication and dissemination of results to peers and the public,
  • funding of some of the extra costs related to a research stay abroad. The research stay abroad can include either a longer stay or several shorter, as well as attendance at international conferences. Such costs will be paid directly to the applicant as a personal stipend. The stipend is individually adapted and may cover reasonable accommodation costs, travel and visa costs (one return ticket for researcher and family members) etc.

Indirect costs and direct rental costs for office are funded according to the policy of the Foundation (link to policy text, in Swedish).

The Host institution must meet the following requirements:

  • employ the researcher and co-fund teaching (20% of a full-time employment) during the grant period,
  • co-fund indirect costs,
  • assist in making contacts for a research stay abroad (if needed).


Grant period

The grant period is two years. The start is decided by the applicant but must be no earlier than 1 February 2023 and no later than 1 October 2023.


The application

The full application guidelines will be published here when the call opens on 1 September. Applications are submitted through an online grant portal. It should include a CV and a research proposal. Please note that both the applicant and the Head of Department are required to digitally sign the application (using Bank-ID) before it can be submitted. By signing the application, the Head of department verifies that the Host institution will fulfil the co-funding of costs described above. The Foundation works with both national and international reviewers and thus all applications must be written in English.



The full application guidelines will be published here when the call opens on 1 September.

Applications will be evaluated based on the scientific quality of the proposed research and the merits of the researcher.

The call text will be updated with a link to evaluation process and criteria when the call opens on 1 September.

The highest ranked applicants will be invited for an interview with the review panel in the presence of representatives from Ragnar Söderbergs stiftelse. The interview will take place in Stockholm on 25 November 2022. Attendance is mandatory for applicants that have advanced to the interview stage. The review panel consists of five prominent law scholars from universities nationally and internationally. Their names and affiliations will be published following the announcement of the grant recipients in December 2022.


The board of the foundation will decide on which applications to fund in December 2022. All applicants will receive a notification by e-mail and a list of all awarded grants will be published on the foundation’s website:


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Time table 2022

April 2022: the call for postdoc fellowships is announced.

6 September 2022: the call opens.

6 October 2022 at 15:00 (CET): deadline for the call.

November 2022: interview invitations are sent out to the highest ranked applicants

25 November 2022: invited applicants are interviewed in Stockholm.

December 2022: announcement of awarded grants – Ragnar Söderberg Postdoctoral Fellows in Law.

February/March 2023: dinner networking event for all Ragnar Söderberg Postdoctoral Fellows in Law (alumni and present) to be held in Stockholm.


Learn more

Meet the postdoctoral fellows and other researchers that have been awarded funding and explore their exciting work >

[1] We use the term university to describe all higher education institutes.