Fackförbundet ST - the union for PhD Students

Fackförbundet ST is Sweden's only union that solely focuses on organizing employees within state agencies. We are a union for everyone that works within universities and colleges, including you as a PhD student.


About Fackförbundet ST

Our commitment and extensive experience allows us to offer you access to knowledge and support tailored to your work situation through your membership.

Fackförbundet ST is a member of TCO (The Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees) and we are not connected to a political party. When we take a stand in political issues we do it from the perspective of our members interests – never out of the interests of a political party. 

This is what you get as a PhD member

  • The lowest fee possible
    As a PhD student you only pay 80 SEK (Swedish kronor) per month for your membership. This fee includes one of the best income insurances on the market.
  • Competitive insurance solutions
    As a PhD member of ST you and your loved ones are secure. We offer competitive insurance solutions for you and your family. You can also take advantage of our favorable income insurance, which can easily be upgraded with additional insurance.
  • Advice and support
    ST is wherever you are. Elected representatives in the workplace are close by to give you answers and advice on questions concerning salary, vacation, job security, working hours, powers of authority, health and safety, insurance and pensions.
  • Negotiation experts
    As a member you have access to ST ombudsmen who are experts in all areas of employer negotiations.
  • Legal support and legal aid
    Should you find yourself in a situation where you require legal assistance, ST’s lawyers, who specialize in employment and contract law, are by your side.

    Why should you as a PhD student choose ST?

    We aim to ensure you are given the best possible conditions during your PhD studies. You can find ST’s elected representatives at university and college departments and faculties.

    Clear values

    Basic trade union values are important to us. We work actively for democracy, justice, humanism and solidarity. 

    Politically independent

    We are not connected to any political party. When we take a position on political issues, we do so from your perspective and in your interests as a member.

    Our members take control

    It is your needs and wishes as a member that control the direction of trade union work. The organization is formed and run by members together. Everyone is encouraged to participate and influence which issues should be prioritized.

    Cooperation equals strength

    Cooperation is important to Fackförbundet ST - both within and outside the organization. It is a means of power within negotiations, creating public opinion and working internationally.

    Apply for membership today

    As a PhD student you only pay 80 SEK per month for your membership. This includes one of the best income insurances on the market.

    Apply for membership