PhD organizations

Other organizations where PhD students are organised or represented:

Swedish National Union of Students (SFS)

The Swedish National Union of Students (Sveriges Förenade Studentkårer, SFS), is an umbrella organisation of students’ unions at higher education facilities in Sweden. It has around 64 affiliated students’ unions, gathering around 270,000 students (2007). The organisation works to represent the interest of its members on a national level, towards the Government, the Swedish Parliament, the political parties and the government agencies concerned with higher education. The doctoral committee within SFS, is the committee concerned with doctoral and research questions. The organisation is also active on the international arena, particularly within the National Unions of Students in Europe, ESIB.

European Students’ Union (ESU)

European Students’ Union (ESU) formerly known as ESIB – The National Unions of Students in Europe – is the umbrella organisation of 45 national unions of students from 38 countries and through these members represents over 11 million students. The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at a European level towards all relevant bodies and in particular the European Union, Council of Europe and UNESCO. ESU is representing the voice of the students in Europe by being a consultative member to the Bologna Process.


Eurodoc is the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers. It is an international federation of 29 national organisations of PhD candidates, and more generally of young researchers from 28 countries of the European Union and the Council of Europe.

Eurodoc’s objectives are:

  • To represent doctoral candidates and junior researchers at the European level in matters of education, research, and professional development of their careers.
  • To advance the quality of doctoral programmes and the standards of research activity in Europe.
  • To promote the circulation of information on issues regarding young researchers; organize events, take part in debates and assist in the elaboration of policies about Higher Education and Research in Europe.
  • To establish and promote co-operation between national associations representing doctoral candidates and junior researchers within Europe.

Eurodoc was founded in Girona (Spain) on 02/02/02. Since 2005, Eurodoc has its seat in Brussels, Belgium.