Doctoral education (NJ faculty)

Last changed: 11 November 2020

Here you can find information about the organization and procedures of doctoral education at the NJ-faculty. You will also find contact information to persons who can give advise and support.

The Faculty Board has the overall responsibility for the scientific quality of doctoral education and that the education is carried out in accordance with approved guidelines. The Faculty Board has delegated a number of issues and decisions related to doctoral education  to the Doctoral Education Committee (Fun-NJ), the Vice Deen for Doctoral Education and in some cases to the head of department, please read more under "Who decides what" below.

For rules, guidelines, forms etc, please see the staff web or:

Fun-NJ meetings


The Doctoral Education Board at the NJ faculty (Fun-NJ) meets approximately three times per semester. Fun-NJ decides, among other things, on compensation for courses in doctoral education, general study plans (ASP) and members of the research schools' steering committees. In addition to this, Fun prepares matters that are to be decided by the Faculty Board (FN). The faculty office must receive matters to be decided in Fun at least 3 weeks before the decision meeting.

Meeting dates Fun-NJ Autumn 2021

21 September

30 November

18 January 2022

Fun-NJ:s working committee

Fun-NJ's chair (deputy dean for doctoral education) decides on matters such as admissions, dissertations, credit transfers, change of supervisor, etc. at the working committee's meetings. The faculty study directors and education officers participates in the working committee's meetings.

The faculty office must receive applications and matters concerning admissions and credit transfers at least one week before the working committee meeting, other matters must be received by the office at least 4 working days before the meeting.

Meeting dates Fun-NJ AU HT 2021:

01 September

15 September

01 October

13 October

26 October

09 November

23 November

07 December

16 December

12 January 2022

The faculty office must receive matters to be decided before the "Christmas break" no later than 1 December

Who decides what?

Faculty Board
  • Doctoral education subjects
  • Research Schools
Doctoral Education Committee
  • Genereal syllabus for third-cycle programmes
  • Steering committees for Research Schools
  • Coordinators for Research Schools
  • Course Syllabuses (when not arranged by a research school)
Chair of Doctoral Education Committee (Vice Dean, Doctoral Education)
  • Admission
  • Change of supervisors
  • Crediting of courses (completed before admission)
  • Public defence
  • Request for change to new guidelines and/or new doctoral education subjects
Head of Department
  • Course syllabus (when courses doesn't receive compensation from the faculty or research school)

For more detailed information, please see the Swedish version.

Contact persons at the departments

Department Contactperson
Aquatic resources Erik Petersson
Ecology Maartje Klapwijk
Economics Gordana Manevska Tasevska
Energy and Technology Åke Nordberg
Molecular Sciences Monika Johansson
Soil and Environment Elisabet Lewan
Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden Johanna Wallsten
Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology Anders Dahlberg
Urban and Rural Development Ann Grubbström
Aquatic Sciences and Assessment Brendan McKie
Plant Biology Christina Dixelius
Crop Production Ecology Robert Glinwood

Dissertation calendar

Find a suitable date for the public defense in the calendar for public defence (NJ-faculty)

Information on prolongation

Different tasks (for example teaching or union work) will make the doctoral student entitled to prolongation of the doctoral study time, please see guidlines for Extension for doctoral students holding elected positions.

If you have any questions about these issues at departmental level, contact your contact person for doctoral education at your department or your head of department.

For information on prolongation at central SLU-level, please contact Lotta Jäderlund.

Instructions for the application for prolongation due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19 can be found here

Do you need someone to talk to?

Sometimes you need to talk to someone who is not situated at your department. You can allways contact the doctoral student ombudsman (counsellor) or länshälsan for health related issues.


Eva Andersson Björkman
Faculty Programme Director
Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, SLU, +46 18-67 16 72, +46 72-530 37 73

Charlotta Eriksson
Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, SLU
, +46 730 49 48 81

Faculty Director of Studies

Elisabet Lewan, Senior Lecturer
Department of Soil and Environment, 018-672629

Faculty Director of Studies

Petra Fransson, Researcher
Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology/Division of Forest Microbiology, 018-671864

Vice Dean, Doctoral Education

Johan Meijer, +46 18 673321