Funding: Doctoral Students
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Each PhD student receives their own so-called ‘backpack money’, officially termed “funds for non-graduated researchers” (in Swedish: “medel för ograduerade forskare”) for expenses associated with their doctoral studies, e.g. literature, conferences, field work.
These funds amount to a total of 40,000 SEK per person. The sources of this sum vary depending on whether the PhD candidate is financed through faculty resources, a project, or another arrangement. In order to facilitate planning and transparency, the funds should be made available to project PhDs at the beginning of the project, as is the default case for regular PhDs.
Once the new PhD candidates start their employment, an individual so-called ‘activity’ (“aktivitet” in Swedish), a unique combination of initials and numbers, will be created in the university-internal economic online systems Lupin, Proceedo and Primula. This activity represents a PhD candidate’s financial working account. The activity number should be used in Lupin and Proceedo when paying invoices, and in the Primula system when creating a travel bill for reimbursements of costs previously paid from private funds. Remember to always use the Lupin system for any purchases.
For questions about the establishment and use of your activity, please contact the department’s finance officer Åsa-Katrin Erlandsson (asa-katrin [dot] erlandsson [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se).
If you are unsure if certain expenses can or should be covered by your backpack money, please check with your supervisors beforehand.
When booking or reporting expenses for a travel-related good or service in the Lupin / Proceedo system, please provide at least the following information in the description field: Name of supplier, type of good or service you are paying for and your activity.
Note that you first need to choose account (Swedish “konto”) when you pay invoices, followed by your activity number. This leads to the format “253091.21.XXXXXX” for regular PhD positions and “253091.35.XXXXXX” for project-financed PhD positions (with the final digits being your personal activity number). You can also search for your activity in Lupin / Proceedo by typing in your initials.
Links to LU-staff pages:
You should always order books directly through LUPIN. Since 1 April 2019, all purchases in the public sector are required by law to be invoiced electronically.
Do you have questions regarding your employment? Please, contact:
Deputy Head of Department/Assistant Head of Department for PhD studies
Available by appointment, room 361
Phone: +46 46 222 01 66
magdalena [dot] bexell [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se
Do you have questions regarding your education? Please, contact:
More information regarding your employment as a PhD student:
We have compiled information about the level of financing and activity, salaries, extended employment and what to do in case of a conflict with your supervisor.