There a number of union organisations that are involved with doctoral students. More information is available on their websites, listed below. A person employed on a doctoral studentship is also able to join an unemployment fund.

Saco sphere

SACO, the Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations, has many different associations that represent academics.


Saco includes the following large associations:


SULF, the Swedish Association of University Teachers, has an association specifically for doctoral students, SDF, that takes care of their interests.

Sveriges ingenjörer (Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers)

Civilekonomerna (Swedish Association of Graduates in Business Administration and Economics) (in Swedish)

Jusek (Swedish Union of University Graduates of Law, Business Administration and Economics, Computer and Systems Science, Personnel Management, Professional Communicators and Social Science)

Naturvetarna (Swedish Association of Professional Scientists)

Läkarförbundet (Swedish Medical Association)

TCO and ST

ST-ATF is a department of TCO and ST that is active at higher education institutions and other institutes.

TCO (Swedish Confederation for Professional Employees)

ST (Union of Civil Servants)

Lärarförbundet (teachers union)

Lärarförbundet represents all categories of teachers, including doctoral students.

Lärarförbundet (in Swedish)


SAC-Syndikalisterna is a “revolutionary union” that also represents doctoral students.


Unemployment funds

A person on a doctoral studentship may choose to join an unemployment fund to obtain insurance in case of lost income due to unemployment. You can choose to join an unemployment fund (a-kassa) directly or through a union.

The largest unemployment fund for academics is AEA (Akademikernas erkända arbetslöshetskassa) which is SACO’s unemployment fund. They have a great deal of information about doctoral students’ rights to membership and unemployment funds.


TCO has no central unemployment fund, instead each association has its own unemployment fund.

Page last updated 2017-09-01