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My PhD was financed with a scholarship, can I apply for the benefit?

My PhD was financed with a scholarship, can I apply for the benefit?

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  • Hello!

    If your PhD position was funded by a scholarship, your PhD programme does not qualify you for unemployment benefit.

    Did you work before your PhD-position?
    • If you have studied full-time, the PhD studies can be disregarded.  
    • If you have had an employment before starting your PhD studies, we may be able to base your unemployment benefit on that work.
    How your PhD has been financed is not important when it comes to whether or not you are considered unemployed. The important thing is that you have ended your studies.

    More about Phd-studies

    Kind regards, Anna

    Anna W
    (Uppdaterad )
  • Hi Anna, thank you for reply. I am answering your questions below.
    1. Does the fellowship give you a "normal" salary? Or is it still a scholarship?
    I don't know what you mean by "normal salary", but I am discounting taxes and other social security fees from my salary, so I think the answer is yes.
    2. Have you got a general work permit or are you only allowed to work at Lund University?
    I have a resident permit when I come to Sweden (which includes work permit), I have my own person number and now I am applying to extent my resident permit.
    I hope they answer your questions, any case you can write me again and stay in touch with here.
    Thank you very much for your help.


    Luis 

  • Hello Luis!
    If you have a "normal salary" paying income tax and all other social security fees, then indeed your employment is eligeble for uneployment benefits. To be sure, please ask the ones handling your salary if you have a temporary employment.

    A work permit is crucial for being able to receive benefits. If your resident permit (including a work permit) is extended then this wont be a problem either.

    Stay in touch if you have any further questions.

    All the best, Petter
    Petter B
  • Hi,
    I was employed with a PhD position in Germany and used to get a salary as well as paid the tax. For the past six months and the upcoming two years, I am receiving a postdoctoral salary funded by a scholarship in Sweden. Would I still be eligible for benefits?
    Best,
    Amare
    Amare
  • Hi
    I was employed in a PhD position in Germany and paid taxes accordingly. However, for the past six months and the next two years, I am receiving a postdoctoral salary funded by a scholarship in Sweden. Given this change in circumstances, I am unsure of my eligibility for benefits. Could you please advise?
    Amare

    Amare
  • Hello Amare and thanks for your questions.

    There is a possibility to get unemployment benefits based on work inside EU/EES. On the other hand, you can't join a swedish a-kassa without ever having had an employment in Sweden.

    As the regulations in this matter are quite tricky I would advise you to call us on 08-412 33 00 and press number 3 for the third choice and one of my collegues will help you regarding your specific situation.

    All the best
    Petter
    Petter B
  • Hi Petter,
    How I am suppose to demonstrate for the work I did inside the EU(last 4 years)??
    Best,
    Amare
    Amare Wolide
  • Hello Amare!

    Please call 08-412 33 00 and press the third choice and one of my expert collegues will help you with your situation.

    All the best
    Petter
    Petter B

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