Sweden treats foreign researchers unfairly
While Swedish doctoral candidates are often offered full time employment with a starting salary of around 23,000 kronor ($3,200) per month and full social benefits, foreign researchers are often forced to live on stipends averaging about half as much – and without access to the social benefits afforded other Swedish workers.
Abrahamsson admitted that PhD students in the Nordic countries have it better than those in many other countries, as the region is one of few that treats budding researchers as full time employees.
However, in order to compete for research talent against countries like the United States and Britain, argues Abrahamsson, Sweden really has no choice.
“If we want to continue to attract high quality researchers, we’re going to have to offer them better conditions than they may get in other countries,” he said, emphasizing his group's desire that all doctoral candidates in Sweden be treated equally.
“Sometimes a small country has to provide a little something extra.”
Student finance Uniformly shabby