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Ragnar Söderberg post doctoral fellowship in law 2022

Open from 1 September to 6 October at 3:00 pm.

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 before the call closes.


Objectives of the call

The main objectives for the call are:

  • to provide prominent early-career researchers in law with substantial funding that allows them to advance in their academic career,
  • to support novel research of high academic quality in law.

Furthermore, we want 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 meet the following two criteria:

  1. hold a PhD in law awarded after 6 October 2019 and before 31 December 2022. This 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 the equivalent.
  2. have full-time employment at a Swedish university 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).

We welcome 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 of the applicant and direct project related cost. 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,
  • direct project-related costs, including e.g. costs for data collection and analysis, publication and dissemination of results to peers and the public,
  • funding for attending 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.
  • funding of some of the extra costs related to a research stay abroad. The research stay abroad can include either a longer stay (e.g. for 6 months) or several shorter visits. 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 close family members such as partner and/or children) etc.

Please note that indirect costs (overhead) including rental costs for office space are not fully funded by the Ragnar Söderbergs stiftelse. We provide a fixed amount for overhead and rental costs according to the policy of the foundation.


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 including office space,
  • assist in making contacts for a research stay abroad (if needed).


Grant period

The grant period is two years. The starting date is set by the applicant, but it cannot be set earlier than 1 February 2023 or later than 1 October 2023.


The application

Applications must be submitted through our online grant portal. For further information on how to use the portal and how to write the application please refer to the application guidelines.


We work with both national and international reviewers and thus all applications must be written in English.


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 comply with the requirement described above. If you do not have a Bank-ID you need to contact us well ahead of the deadline.



Applications will be evaluated by a review panel consisting of five prominent law scholars from national and international universities. The review panel will assess the applications based on two criteria: scientific quality of the proposed research project and merits of the applicant. The purpose of the review process is to identify applications where the project has strong potential to provide novel knowledge of high academic standard to the research field, and the applicant has a strong potential to develop into a leading researcher in her/his field.


Interview step

The highest ranked applicants will be invited for an interview with the review panel in the presence of representatives from Ragnar Söderbergs stiftelse. The purpose of the interview is for the review panel to ask additional questions regarding the application and the proposed project.  The interviews will be held in Stockholm on 25 November 2022 and attendance is mandatory for applicants that have advanced to the interview stage.



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


Time table 2022

  • April 2022: the call for postdoc fellowships is announced.
  • 1 September 2022: the call opens.
  • 6 October 2022 at 15:00 (CET): deadline for the call.
  • November 2022: interview invitations and instructions 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.
  • Spring 2023: networking event and dinner for all Ragnar Söderberg Postdoctoral Fellows in Law (alumni and present) to be held in Stockholm.

Awarded grants in the call

Grants were awarded to the following researchers.


Johanna Chamberlain at Uppsala University for the project ‘Damages for PFAS contamination and future harm – the tort law challenge accepted?’.


Agnes Hellner at Stockholm University for the project ‘Allocation of institutional responsibility for climate change mitigation in the Nordics: what can constitutional environmental law (and absence of) climate change litigation tell about the role of courts and legislatures?’.

Members of the review panel


For transparency we publish the names of the reviewers after all decisions on funding have been made. The reviewers will not answer any questions regarding the call or applications. All such questions are handled by the secretariat.


The review panel for this call consisted of five national and international scholars in law. Professor Sanja Bogojevic (University of Oxford and Lund University) chaired the panel. The other members were Professor Jenny Julén-Votinius (Lund University), Professor Johan Lindholm (Umeå University), Professor Mårten Schultz (Stockholm University and Institute for Future Studies) and Professor Marlene Wind (Copenhagen University).