Application System for the Newbreed Doctoral Programme

Below you find the questions that you will be asked to answer in the application system. Carefully review these questions to prepare all the asked for information before applying. Also remember to supply information in your CV to qualify the answers that you give to these questions.

Among other things, you will be asked to supply your project description in the application system. As with your CV and all other text-fields, we recommend that you prepare your project description offline (e.g. in a word document) and then transfer the information in the requested fields of the application system.

1. Theme

Which theme are you interested in? (Choose one of the four)

Possible answers: Ageing and psychosocial adjustment/ Ageing from a societal perspective/ Ageing and the forth industrial revolution/ The biology of ageing

2. Discipline/Main field of study

Here follows a question about your main field of studies.
Choose your main field of studies (choose one)

Possible answers: biology/ computer science/ business administration/ (bio)chemistry/ criminology/ culinary arts & meal science/ disability science/ economics/ education/ English/ gender studies/ history/ human geography/ informatics/ legal science/ literature studies/ mathematics/ mechanical engineering/ media and communication studies/ medical and surgical sciences/ musicology/ nursing science/ occupational therapy/ physics/ political science/ psychology/ public health science/ rhetoric/ social work/ sociology/ sports science/ statistics/ Swedish language

3. Eligibility (time in Sweden)

The Newbreed doctoral programme requires mobility, meaning that enrolled PhD students must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Sweden for 12 months or more during the last three years preceding the closing of the call.

How much time have you either resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Sweden between 1 October 2014 and 30 September 2017?

Possible answers: no time/less than 10 months/10-12 months/more than 12 months

4. Eligibility (research experience)

Here follows a number of questions about your research experience. Research experience is defined as professional experience of working as a researcher in academia, industry or elsewhere (e.g. undergoing PhD training, working as a research assistant or working as a researcher in the research and development department of a private company).

Will you at the time of the closing of the call (30 September 2017) have amounted four years (or more) of full-time research experience since you were awarded the degree which grants you general eligibility to be enrolled as a doctoral student?: yes/no

Will you at the time of the closing of the call (30 September 2017) have been awarded a doctoral degree?: yes/no

5. Education

Here follows a number of questions about your educational background and experience.
The extent of your higher education translated into ECTS credits. Translate your credits into the ECTS using the table on the link:
Total number of credits: [numeric text field]

Number of credits within the discipline in which you are applying: [numeric text field]

Have you received any awards, prizes or scholarships related to your education?: yes/no

If so, what where those awards, prizes and/or scholarships? [text field]

Have you, as part of your education, written a thesis with direct relevance for the theme of this doctoral programme?: yes/no

If so, what was the theme of that thesis? [text field]

6. Work experience 1-3 (You can describe up to three past jobs)

Here follows a number of questions about relevant work experience. We want you to describe past work experience with relevance either for the general area of Newbreed ("Succesful ageing"), or for the specific thematic area in which you apply.

Job title: [text field]

Employer: [text field]

Duration (expressed in years and months): [numeric text field]

Approximate percentage of full time: [numeric text field]

Which of the following skill levels best describe the main tasks of your work experience (according to the ISCO-08 scale)?

Possible answers:

  • Level 1: the performance of simple and routine physical or manual tasks
  • Level 2: the performance of tasks such as operating machinery and electronic equipment; driving vehicles; maintenance and repair; ordering and storage of information
  • Level 3: the performance of complex technical and practical tasks that require an extensive body of factual, technical and procedural knowledge in a specialized field.
  • Level 4: the performance of tasks that require complex problem-solving, decision-making and creativity based on an extensive body of theoretical and factual knowledge in a specialized field.


In what sector was this work carried out?

Possible answers: Public sector/ private sector/ civil society/ academia

7. English proficiency

Here follows a question about your English proficency.

Which of the following categories of the CEFR scale best describes your current English language proficiency in terms of understanding as well as speaking and writing?

Go to: to find the scales.

Possible answers: C2/ C1/ B2/ B1/ A2/ A1

8. Mobility

Here follows a question about your experience of mobility. Mobility is defined as time spent outside of your country of upbringning for professional and/or educational purposes after your eighteenth birthday.

Number of years and months: [Numeric text box]

9. Project description

Here follows a number of questions about your prospective PhD project
Provisional project title (max 10 words): [text box]

Research focus and project aim (max 400 words).
Explain the issue you want to study and why it is significant for the overall area of "Successful ageing" as well as for the thematic area of interest within Newbreed. [text box]

Overview of the research field (max 200 words).
Briefly summarise what is already known about the field and what research knowledge gap your project is addressing. [text box]

Research design & methodology (max 300 words).
Explain briefly how you plan to pursue this project in terms of research design and methodology. You are welcome to include possible alternative designs and methodologies. [text box]

Reference list (max 20 references): [text box]

At all times, you can save the information entered and continue at a later stage. To do this, press Save and continue later.

See the Guide for Applicants.

Once you submit your application you will receive an e-mail confirmation message. Should you not receive such a conformation, please contact This is an email address

This project is Co-funded by the European Union, MSCA Cofund, Horizon 2020