To be eligible for acceptance to PhD studies one must fulfil both the basic acceptance requirements for graduate studies as well as the specific acceptance requirements. The basic acceptance requirements stipulate that the candidate have an advanced degree (Masters or Magister) and completed at least 240 HEC (or equivalent), of which 60 HEC must be at the advanced (Masters) level, or in some other way have acquired the equivalent, either inside or outside of Sweden. The specific acceptance requirements are completion of a Magister degree (or equivalent) in the intended subject area.

Candidates must be able to attest that they fulfil both the basic and the specific acceptance requirements to the graduate programme of one of the following subjects: General Linguistics, Phonetics, Computational Linguistics, Swedish Sign Language, Swedish as a Second Language for Deaf.

The announcement of a position is in most cases restricted to one of the above mentioned subjects.