Application guidelines – Postdoctoral Fellowship in Law 2022

29 aug, 2022 | Call for proposals

Full application guidelines – Ragnar Söderberg Postdoctoral Fellow in Law (2022 Call)


All applications must be submitted using our web-based grant portal. 

The application must written in English (except for the popular web summary) and include:

  • Name and contact details for the Head of Department,
  • CV (including a description of your academic ambitions) and copy of PhD diploma (PDF)
  • list of publications,
  • project proposal,
  • popular web summary (in Swedish) 

To sign in
Sign in here. You will reach ‘My page’, where you can create a new application, review any drafts, and see submitted applications. All created but not submitted applications will be removed after the submission deadline.

Previous users
If you have created an account during a previous call, please use the same account. Log in under ‘My page’. If you have forgotten your password, click on the ‘Forgot password’ link.

New users – create an account using Swedish Bank ID*
Before you create your account, we request that you review the information about the Foundation’s handling of your personal data. In order to create a user account, we require that you agree to the terms and conditions.

* Please contact us well ahead of the deadline if you do not have a Swedish Bank ID.

Enter your personal information, including contact details. Please note that the e-mail address cannot include upper case letters. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to your e-mail address for verification. Use the link in the e-mail message to sign in and create your application. Please note that you are logged in until you actively log out. English or Swedish language settings can be selected under ‘My profile’ when signed in.

Once your e-mail account is verified, you may proceed in creating an application.

An application is created in seven steps. You can always ‘Exit (save draft)’ using the button in the lower right hand corner of the window to save your information at every step provided that the fields are correctly completed; otherwise a warning will be displayed. The application will be saved under the tab ‘Drafts” on ‘My page’.

From step 3, you will have the possibility to work with your application in a non-chronological order. Do not use the arrows in your web browser to move between steps; instead, use the ‘Previous’ / ’Next’ buttons in the lower left corner of the grant portal window.

Your application is editable until you actively choose to submit it at the last step.

We recommend to write the application locally using a word processing program, and thereafter copy and paste the text into the corresponding fields in the system. Note that formatted text will disappear when pasting your text. Please also note that the grant portal may count the number of characters differently to e.g. Word. It is the grant portal’s character count that is valid. If the stated maximum is exceeded, all characters exceeding the maximum will be removed. Therefore, always preview your application before submitting it.

Step 1 – Grant manager/Principal investigator

1 A. Grant manager
Choose from a list of Swedish higher education institutions. For other organisations or institutions, state the organisation’s corporate number, and click ‘Search organisation’.

To select department, filter the result by searching for your department, for instance ‘Juridiska’ or ‘Juridicum’.

1 B. Head of Department – contact details
Upon completion of this application, the Head of department will be requested to co-sign it on behalf of the grant manager.

1 B. Applicant / Principal investigator – contact details
The contact information you provided when creating your account is displayed. Some of the information can be updated under the ‘My profile’ category on ‘My page’.

Step 2 – Research area

2 A. Research field
Select research field.

2 B. Grant category / Call
Choose ‘Postdoc fellow’

2 C. Date for PhD award
This is required to assess if you are eligible for the call. Please refer to the call text for further information on eligibility criteria.

2 D. Upload a copy of your PhD diploma (max 2mb)

2 E. Extension of the eligibility window
Have you had carrier breaks and need to request an extension of the eligibility window? If yes, complete tab 2.1.

Step 2.1 – Career breaks (if applicable)

Supporting documents (e.g. documentation from Försäkringskassan or equivalent) can be attached in step 6c of the application. If you do not wish for your supportive documentation to be read by your Head of Department, please contact us before submitting your application.

2.1 B. Indicate the number of days of extension you need to full fill the eligibility criteria.

2.1 C. Please specify your eligible career breaks

Please refer to the call text for further information on eligible career breaks.

2.1 D. Comment (if applicable) use only if you need to describe the career break(s) in more detail.

Step 3 – Project summary

3 A. Project title should be written in English (max 255 characters including spaces).

3 B. Grant period should be stated. Please refer to the call text for information on allowed starting date for the project.

3 C. Scientific summary  summarise the proposed project with 1,200–1,500 characters including spaces.

3 D. Popular Web summary popular science summary of your main research question, 1,200–1,500 characters including spaces. This is the only part of the application to be written in Swedish.

Step 4 – Other financiers

4 A. Current research grants
Please specify your current grants, both approved and submitted applications, and those that you plan to apply for in 2022-2023. State the funding source, granted amount (or amount applied for) and grant period (year and month).

To delete saved data, check the box ‘Delete’ next to the line and click ‘Save’.

4 B. Comment
 If applicable, comment on how the project and budget of the present application relates to your other grants, max 5,000 characters including spaces.

Step 5 – Budget

The budget should be prepared per calendar year and consist of two parts (costs of personnel and other costs).

Please refer to the call text for further information on eligible budget items and how we handle indirect costs and rental costs.

State the following information about yourself: position (‘Postoctoral Fellow’), university, department, monthly salary for full-time employment (note that we ask for the salary of a 100% employment, although only 80% of the time should be spent on the project).

When you choose university from the drop-down menu the corresponding payroll supplemental wage (LKP) figure* will be generated automatically. If your university cannot be found in the drop-down menu, please fill in the information manually. Click ‘Save/add new line’ and the sum applied for will automatically be calculated for the stated monthly salary, LKP and working hours spent on the project. When the budget for one year has been saved, you can copy and re-use the budget for the following year by clicking on ‘Copy previous year’. The auto-filled data can be edited.

Other costs
Choosing ‘Other’ opens a field enabling manual input of an item. Every item under ‘Other costs’ must be specified in the ‘Project proposal’ (step 6). State the total sum for each item, e.g. equipment, travels etc.

*A supplemental wage (LKP) is the cost for the employer to employ a person in addition to their salary.

Step 6 – Project proposal, CV, publication list and attachments

6 A. Project proposal
The proposal should include the following headlines and sections and not exceed 25,000 characters including spaces.

  • Purpose and aims: briefly state the purpose and specific aims of the proposed project.
  • State of the art: briefly summarise relevant research in the field, including key references.
  • Significance and scientific novelty: describe how the proposed project relates to previous work in the field and how the project will add to this. Also describe the impact of the project both short and long term. Impact may be interpreted broadly and include impact in academia as well as in society and for the legal profession.
  • Preliminary and previous work: briefly describe your own previous work and/or pilot studies in the field.
  • Project description: describe in more detail the project design using the following headlines.
    • Theory and method: describe the underlying theory and method which will be used to achieve the stated aims.
    • Timeline and implementation: briefly describe the timeline for the project and how the project will be implemented. Also describe any important risks that may hamper the project and how you intend to mitigate this.
    • Project organisation (if applicable): describe if the proposed project is part of a larger research project. Also describe if the project depends on results, personnel or similar from other research projects that are beyond your control.
  • Line of independence (if applicable): if the project will be part of a larger research project briefly describe how they relate to each other. If the project is a continuation of work from your PhD-thesis briefly describe the relationship and how the proposed project extends on the thesis.
  • Access to archives, collections, specific equipment, research infrastructures and similar (if applicable):briefly describe if you need access to any of these and how you will ensure proper access.
  • Ethics (if applicable): briefly describe any ethical issues present in the project and how they will be addressed. State if an ethical approval is needed and if it has already been applied for or will be applied for later*.
  • Comment to the budget: specify any ´Other costs´ listed in the budget.

If tables, figures, graphs etc are needed to describe any of the above this may be provided as pdf attachments in step 6. Attachments need to be references in the text.

*Note that the ethical approval does not need to be submitted. It is the responsibility of the grant manager to ensure that research conducted with funding from the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation complies with the terms and conditions specified in Swedish law and the we expect that this is full-filled.

6 B. Curriculum vitae

The CV is attached as a pdf file. It should include the following headlines and not exceed 10,000 characters including spaces.

  • Education: provide information on your doctoral education as well as education on bachelor and master level. This should include type of degree, university and date (year and month) of issuing the degree. Note: if you will receive your doctoral degree after the deadline for the call you need to provide information on the expected date for the planned examination.
  • Work and employment: list your current and previous academic positions including type of employment, employer and dates for the employment (year and month). If your current employer is not the same as the host institution for the proposed project both should be listed. If applicable, also describe other relevant work experiences and/or international exchanges.
  • Merits and awards: list supervised students with name, university, type of student (e.g. master student in subject X) and dates (year and month). List competitive grants that you have recieved with information on project name, timeline for the project, amount of funding, funding agency and if you were the main applicant for the grant. Also list awards and any other merits relevant for the application (e.g. research or teaching awards, keynotes, popular science presentations etc).
  • Academic ambitions: describe your academic ambitions.
  • Motivation: explain why you, as the as the applicant, are well suited to implement the proposed project.

6 C. Attachments to the proposal (max two documents)
Additional files may be attached if the content cannot be expressed in the proposal. Always refer to the attachment in the proposal. Attached documents should be in PDF format and each document should not exceed 2 MB. Attached documents can be reviewed in step 7 under ‘Preview’.

6 D. Publications
List all your publications and mark (with an ‘*’) up to three publications of particular importance to this project. Specify what type of publication is (e.g. PhD thesis, peer reviewed article). For co-authored publications also describe your role and contribution.
Update (2022-09-29: If you are experiencing technical issues when listing/saving publications using the SwePub database – please list your publications in the comments section). 

Step 7 – Preview and submission

Here you can preview your application before submitting it. Once submitted, your application cannot be changed.

Save your application as a draft

To save your document as a draft, click ‘Exit (save draft)’ on the bottom right. The application will be saved under the tab ‘Drafts’ on ‘My page’.

Request signature
Once you are happy with your application, Click on ‘Request signature’ under the section ‘Required signatures’ to generate an e-mail to the Head of Department asking them to co-sign the submission on behalf of the host institution.

Final submission
Once your application has been co-signed by the Head of Department, you will receive an e-mail confirming this and allowing you to submit your application. Note that a submitted application cannot be changed.

After you have submitted your application you will be redirected to ‘My page’. A notification confirming that ‘Your application is now submitted’ will be displayed, as well as a reference number. We recommend that you make a note of this number and refer to it when in contact with us about your application / grant.


For more information about the application process, preparation, grant awarding process and the monitoring of approved grants, see the call for proposals, or contact us by e-mail.